March 20, 1996
GRANTS AWARDED FOR PRIMARY CARE HEALTH SERVICES
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- The Illinois Department of Public Health has awarded
$234,922 in grants to 10 federally qualified health centers that provide
primary care health services in medically underserved areas of Illinois, Dr.
John R. Lumpkin, state public health director, announced today.
"Primary care is a critical element in protecting and enhancing the
health of Illinois' citizens," said Dr. Lumpkin. "Yet, there are many
parts of the state where such care is far from adequate. These community
clinics play a crucial role in serving the health needs of individuals in these
The one-time grants of up to $25,000 are meant to enhance and strengthen
existing clinic operations. They are supported by the Medical Student
Scholarship Program's payback funds, which are monies received from scholarship
recipients in lieu of fulfilling their practice obligation to the state.
Grant recipients include the following:
- Chicago Health Outreach Inc. ($17,013), which serves homeless persons,
persons with HIV/AIDS, immigrants, refugees and chronically mentally ill
patients, for the purchase of computer equipment and software and to provide
- Christopher Rural Health Planning Corporation's Rea Clinic ($25,000),
located in Franklin County, for the replacement of a blood count analyzer,
which will permit better quality and easier patient care access.
- Community Health Partnership of Illinois ($22,332), which is based in
Chicago and provides primary health care for migrant and seasonal farm workers
throughout the state, to renovate facilities at two sites, purchase essential
equipment for four other locations and training needs.
- Community Health Partnership of Illinois, Chicago, ($24,700) to hire a
full-time resource development specialist who will work with staff to identify
health center funding priorities and match them to individual, corporate and
charitable sources of funding.
- Lawndale Christian Health Center ($25,000), which provides approximately
60,000 patient visits per year on Chicago's west side, to allow the center to
purchase computer equipment for tracking patient records and support training
and implementation of the system.
- Madison County Health Center ($25,000), which records 35 to 45 newly
pregnant women every month who report that they have no
obstetrician/gynecologist, to provide start-up funds for two month's of an
OB/GYN's salary until service reimbursement is sufficient to support the
- Mile Square Health Center ($25,000), located on Chicago's near west side
and surrounded by three Chicago Housing Authority developments, to recruit two
community liaisons to work with area residents during the center's transition
to managed care programs.
- New City Health Center ($25,000), which provides primary care to residents
of Chicago's west side in Englewood, New City, West Englewood and contiguous
community areas, to allow the center to upgrade its billing system, replace the
current accounting system software and add needed computer hardware.
- Parent Child Center's Community Wellness Center ($23,299), which serves
residents from the Chicago communities of Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt
Park, North Lawndale and West Garfield Park, to hire a nurse to expand outreach
efforts and a part-time research assistant for data management. The center
provides prenatal care to 400 women annually and plans to expand services to an
additional 400 high-risk women.
- Shawnee Health Service and Development Corporation's Carterville Family
Practice Center ($22,578), located in Williamson County and one of five Shawnee
community health centers in southern Illinois, to purchase a new management
A total of 22 grant applications were received and reviewed by a panel
representing the Governor's Rural Affairs Council, the Illinois Primary Health
Care Association, the Illinois Rural Health Association and the Southern
Illinois University Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development.
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