The COVID-19 pandemic has had profound health effects beyond potential infection with the coronavirus. Among other issues, we’re seeing an uptick in mental health crises and stress-related chronic health problems such as cardiovascular disease.
Sadly, the economic fallout of the pandemic has also decreased access to health care — often for the most vulnerable populations that need health care the most.
Who is stepping up to address these health care disparities? How will underserved populations access health care? Often, community health programs are key in fighting these battles.
Founded more than 25 years ago, ACCESS Community Health Network has focused on community-based care in Illinois, which is now more important than ever. ACCESS provides direct healthcare to underserved populations in its 35 federally-qualified health care centers, and also provides patients with resources beyond clinic walls to seek additional care.
ACCESS Community Health Network health centers are located throughout Cook and DuPage counties, and will treat more than 175,000 patients in the next year, including over 30,000 patients without any form of health insurance. ACCESS is also the largest provider for Medicaid beneficiaries in Illinois.
ACCESS provides primary care, treatment of chronic conditions such as hypertension, maternity care, and mental health services, and care for patients with HIV/AIDS. The providers of ACCESS also team up with outreach workers, case managers, social workers, and substance abuse counselors to provide continued care.
If you are interested in learning more about the important and needed services provided by ACCESS, check out the organization’s website at https://www.achn.net/.
Richard I. Feingold
Richard I. Feingold & Associates, P.C.
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