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Westchester, IL (April 25, 2022) – Access to Care received a $6,590 grant from the Barrington Area Community Foundation. This year’s new Sustainability Grants were awarded to organizations that, primarily due to COVID, needed assistance to sustain administration of services. This grant will allow Access to Care to continue prioritizing and providing accessible health care services to communities in need, including those in the Barrington area, who continue to feel the negative impact of COVID.

“We are grateful to the Barrington Area Community Foundation for recognizing the sustainability needs of health care and social service organizations. This grant will help Access to Care connect Barrington area residents, who are uninsured or under-insured, with a local health care provider.” said Kathi Franklin, President of Access to Care.

Access to Care was presented with their 2022 Sustainability Grant at the Barrington Area Community Foundation’s recognition event on April 11, 2022. Stephanie Mucha, Director of Public Relations and Outreach accepted the award on behalf of Access to Care.

The Suburban Primary Health Care Council developed the Access to Care program in 1988. Access to Care is a non-profit primary health care program for low income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of suburban Cook County and northwest Chicago. Services include physician office visits, laboratory and radiology, prescription drugs, and mental health. Potential members can fill out an online application at www.accesstocare.org to determine eligibility for the program.

For more information about Access to Care, please contact Stephanie Mucha, Director of Public Relations and Outreach. For more information about the organization’s fundraising efforts or to donate, please contact Gayle Deja-Schultz, Director of Development.

Westchester, IL (February 7, 2022) – Access to Care received a $40,000 grant award from Community Memorial Foundation.

“We are grateful for our ongoing partnership with the Community Memorial Foundation. As the pandemic rages on, we at Access to Care continue to see the real, ongoing challenges under-resourced communities are facing. This grant will help support Access to Care’s mission of connecting low-income, uninsured, and under-insured residents, including those in our west suburban communities with a local health care provider.” said Kathi Franklin, President & CEO of Access to Care.

The Suburban Primary Health Care Council developed the Access to Care program in 1988. Access to Care is a non-profit primary health care program for low income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of suburban Cook County and northwest Chicago. Services include physician office visits, laboratory and radiology, prescription drugs, and mental health. Potential members can fill out an online application at www.accesstocare.org to determine eligibility for the program.

For more information about Access to Care, please contact Stephanie Mucha, Director of Public Relations and Outreach. For more information about the organization’s fundraising efforts or to donate, please contact Gayle Deja-Schultz, Director of Development.

Westchester, IL (February 2, 2022) – Access to Care received a sub-grant award to collaborate with Metropolitan Family Services’ Portage Park and Norwood Park Health Equity Coalition, a hyper local strategy, part of Protect Chicago Northwest region initiative, led by the Northwest Center. This coalition aims to decrease health inequities by maximizing outreach, collecting residents’ input, and leveraging hyper-local resources in the Portage Park and Norwood Park neighborhoods of Chicago. These communities continue to be deeply impacted by COVID-19 and require continued support in 2022.

“We’re committed to supporting our local community during these difficult times. Connecting residents in this area to critical social services is more important than ever as the pandemic continues to take a toll,” said Roxanne Nava, Executive Director, Metropolitan Family Services, North/Skokie Valley Centers.

“We look forward to partnering with Metropolitan Family Services to help address the current health inequities in the Portage Park and Norwood Park neighborhoods. We aim to connect residents with local primary health care services and act as vaccine ambassadors in the community.” said Kathi Franklin, President & CEO, Access to Care.

The Suburban Primary Health Care Council developed the Access to Care program in 1988. Access to Care is a non-profit primary health care program for low income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of suburban Cook County. Access to Care also serves zip codes 60630, 60631, 60634, 60639, 60641, 60646, and 60656 in northwest Chicago. Access to Care member services include physician office visits, laboratory and radiology, prescriptions, and mental health. Members utilize services at locations close to their homes, and in doing so, a local network of primary care services in the patient’s own neighborhood is created. Potential members can fill out an online application at www.accesstocare.org to determine eligibility for the program.

For more information about Access to Care, please contact Stephanie Mucha, Director of Public Relations and Outreach. For more information about the organization’s fundraising efforts or to donate, please contact Gayle Deja-Schultz, Director of Development.

Westchester, IL (January 31, 2022) – Access to Care recently received a $750,000 grant award from Westlake Health Foundation.

“We are very grateful to be awarded this new grant from the Westlake Health Foundation—a long-time supporter and partner of the Access to Care program. In 2022, we are already witnessing firsthand the ongoing, negative impacts of COVID-19 on individuals with lower-incomes—communities served by Access to Care. This generous grant will augment our efforts to provide individuals in need with direct access to a local, trusted primary care physician and related health care needs and services,” said Kathi Franklin, President & CEO of Access to Care.

The Suburban Primary Health Care Council developed the Access to Care program in 1988. Access to Care is a non-profit primary health care program for low income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of suburban Cook County and northwest Chicago. Services include physician office visits, laboratory and radiology, prescription drugs, and mental health. Potential members can fill out an online application at www.accesstocare.org to determine eligibility for the program.

Westlake Health Foundation endeavors to promote the health and welfare primarily of the people of west suburban Cook County through the granting of funds for health in the areas of research, education, prevention, promotion, access and direct health care, regardless of race, sex, creed or financial need.

For more information about Access to Care, please contact Stephanie Mucha, Director of Public Relations and Outreach. For more information about the organization’s fundraising efforts or to donate, please contact Gayle Deja-Schultz, Director of Development.

Westchester, IL (January 12, 2022) – Access to Care received a $4,000 grant award from the Chicago Bar Foundation to educate Access to Care members and health care providers about the services and assistance available through Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD).

“Cook County launched CCLAHD to assist our residents facing issues surrounding evictions, foreclosures, and debt,” said Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. “And while we’ve seen success, it will take all of us coming together and reaching out to folks to let them know about the resources available – that’s where our community partners come in. We’re proud to be partnering with Access to Care to get the word out about CCLAHD to our residents in greatest need.”

“CCLAHD is part of a comprehensive and holistic approach to recovery today and thriving communities tomorrow. I am grateful for the County’s ongoing collaboration with Access to Care, which serves nearly 500 low-income residents in District 14 alone and thousands across Cook County. This community engagement partnership means that more residents will be able to receive free legal representation, payment mediation, and support services to stay housed and out of bankruptcy,” said 14th District Cook County Commissioner Scott Britton.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, Access to Care members have expressed increased challenges with housing insecurity and growing financial pressures. This grant from the Chicago Bar Foundation gives us the opportunity to educate our members and related health care providers about CCLAHD services. Our members will greatly benefit from such tangible and timely assistance,” said Kathi Franklin, Access to Care President & CEO.

The Suburban Primary Health Care Council developed the Access to Care program in 1988. Access to Care is a non-profit primary health care program for low income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of suburban Cook County and northwest Chicago. Services include physician office visits, laboratory and radiology, prescription drugs, and mental health. Potential members can fill out an online application at www.accesstocare.org to determine eligibility for the program.

For more information about Access to Care, please contact Stephanie Mucha, Director of Public Relations and Outreach. For more information about the organization’s fundraising efforts or to donate, please contact Gayle Deja-Schultz, Director of Development.

Westchester, IL (September 28, 2021) – Access to Care received a $50,000 grant award from the VNA Foundation.

Kathi Franklin, President & CEO of Access to Care stated: “This generous grant from the VNA Foundation will support 85 individuals with lower-incomes who are currently uninsured or underinsured to join our program and receive the primary health care services they so critically need.”

The support from the VNA Foundation will further allow Access to Care to continue prioritizing and providing accessible health care services to communities that need services the most. These are the communities who have been, and continue to be, most negatively impacted by COVID-19.

The Suburban Primary Health Care Council developed the Access to Care program in 1988. Access to Care is a non-profit primary health care program for low income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of suburban Cook County and northwest Chicago. Services include physician office visits, laboratory and radiology, prescription drugs, and mental health.

For more information about Access to Care, please contact Stephanie Mucha, Director of Public Relations and Outreach. For more information about the organization’s fundraising efforts or to donate, please contact Gayle Deja-Schultz, Director of Development.

Westchester, IL (September 13, 2021) – Access to Care received a $3,000 grant award from the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation.

“We are thrilled that the grant from the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation will enable 5 individuals with lower-incomes who are currently uninsured or underinsured to join the Access to Care program and receive the primary health care services they need,” said Ted Adams, Account Executive, Gordon Flesch Company (GFC).

After learning that the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation is managed entirely by the company’s associates, Kathi Franklin, President & CEO of Access to Care stated, “we are especially proud to be a recipient of this grant because the Gordon Flesch Company staff recognized and nominated Access to Care as an organization that is truly giving back to the community. Receiving such a nomination and ultimately being selected to receive this award by the foundation Board of Directors is such an honor.”

This grant will further allow Access to Care to continue prioritizing and providing accessible health care services to communities in need. These are the communities who have been, and continue to be, most negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Representatives from the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation, GFC Account Executive Ted Adams and Senior Account Executive Larry Zea, visited the Access to Care offices this week to present the grant award to Access to Care senior staff.

The Suburban Primary Health Care Council developed the Access to Care program in 1988. Access to Care is a non-profit primary health care program for low income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of suburban Cook County and northwest Chicago. Services include physician office visits, laboratory and radiology, prescription drugs, and mental health.

For more information about Access to Care, please contact Stephanie Mucha, Director of Public Relations and Outreach. For more information about the organization’s fundraising efforts or to donate, please contact Gayle Deja-Schultz, Director of Development.

For most, vaccines bring a sense of relief but for those without access to health care services, the negative impacts of COVID-19 continue

Westchester, IL (April 29, 2021) – Access to Care received a $4,500 grant award from the Barrington Area Community Foundation. This grant will allow Access to Care to continue prioritizing and providing accessible health care services to communities in need, including those in the Barrington area. These communities were deeply impacted by COVID-19 and require continued assistance and support in 2021.

“We are excited about this new partnership with the Barrington Area Community Foundation. This grant will help Access to Care connect low-income, uninsured, and under-insured residents in the Barrington area community with a local health care provider.” said Kathryn Franklin, President of Access to Care.

The Suburban Primary Health Care Council developed the Access to Care program in 1988. Access to Care is a non-profit primary health care program for low income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of suburban Cook County and northwest Chicago. Services include physician office visits, laboratory and radiology, prescription drugs, and mental health.

For more information about Access to Care, please contact Stephanie Mucha, Director of Public Relations and Outreach. For more information about the organization’s fundraising efforts or to donate, please contact Gayle Deja-Schultz, Director of Development.

Individuals with lower-incomes continue to feel the negative impacts of COVID-19 in 2021, making access to a trusted health care provider more important than ever

Westchester, IL (February 16, 2021) – Access to Care received a $15,000 grant award from the Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation. This generous grant will allow Access to Care to continue prioritizing and providing accessible health care services to communities in need. These communities have been hard hit by COVID-19 and require continued assistance and support in 2021.

“We are grateful for this renewed partnership with the Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation. This grant will help support Access to Care’s mission of connecting low-income, uninsured, and under-insured residents in our communities with a local health care provider.” said Kathryn Franklin, President of Access to Care.

The Suburban Primary Health Care Council developed the Access to Care program in 1988. Access to Care is a non-profit primary health care program for low income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of suburban Cook County and northwest Chicago. Services include physician office visits, laboratory and radiology, prescription drugs, and mental health.

For more information about Access to Care, please contact Stephanie Mucha, Director of Public Relations and Outreach. For more information about the organization’s fundraising efforts or to donate, please contact Gayle Deja-Schultz, Director of Development.

Negative effects of COVID-19 will continue to impact families with lower-incomes in the new year, making access to health care more important than ever

Westchester, IL (January 7, 2021) – Access to Care recently received a $750,000 grant award from Westlake Health Foundation.

“We are very grateful to be awarded this new grant from the Westlake Health Foundation—a long-time supporter and partner of the Access to Care program. As we enter 2021, we see the widespread, adverse repercussions of the pandemic on lower-income communities of color—populations served by Access to Care. This grant will augment our mission to provide individuals in need with direct access to a local, trusted primary care physician and related health care needs and services,” said Kathryn Franklin, President of Access to Care.

The Suburban Primary Health Care Council developed the Access to Care program in 1988. Access to Care is a non-profit primary health care program for low income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of suburban Cook County and northwest Chicago. Services include physician office visits, laboratory and radiology, prescription drugs, and mental health.

Westlake Health Foundation endeavors to promote the health and welfare primarily of the people of west suburban Cook County through the granting of funds for health in the areas of research, education, prevention, promotion, access and direct health care, regardless of race, sex, creed or financial need.

For more information about Access to Care, please contact Stephanie Mucha, Director of Public Relations and Outreach. For more information about the organization’s fundraising efforts or to donate, please contact Gayle Deja-Schultz, Director of Development.

Families with lower-incomes will continue to feel the effects of COVID-19 in 2021, making access to health care more important than ever

Westchester, IL (January 5, 2021) – Access to Care received a $40,000 grant award from Community Memorial Foundation. This generous grant will allow Access to Care to continue prioritizing and providing accessible health care services to their communities. These communities have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19 and will continue to need support in the new year.

“We are grateful for our ongoing partnership with the Community Memorial Foundation. This grant will help support Access to Care’s mission of connecting low-income, uninsured, and under-insured residents in our communities with a local health care provider.” said Kathryn Franklin, President of Access to Care.

The Suburban Primary Health Care Council developed the Access to Care program in 1988. Access to Care is a non-profit primary health care program for low income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of suburban Cook County and northwest Chicago. Services include physician office visits, laboratory and radiology, prescription drugs, and mental health.

For more information about Access to Care, please contact Stephanie Mucha, Director of Public Relations and Outreach. For more information about the organization’s fundraising efforts or to donate, please contact Gayle Deja-Schultz, Director of Development.

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October 2022

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2022 Access to Care Annual Luncheon

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December 2020

Virtual Holiday Wine Tasting & Auction to benefit Access to Care

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2020 fundraising event!

During this challenging time, we created a safe and fun way to raise funds to continue the mission of Access to Care. Participants received an amazing wine and cheese tasting package at their home and a private link for a virtual tasting with a City Winery vintner. We also had many participants in an online auction. We are happy to report that we met our fundraising goal for the event! Proceeds from this fundraiser will allow for individuals in need to be assigned to a primary care physician near their home where they will receive unlimited, low-cost office visits, diagnostic lab and radiology tests, prescription medication and mental health care. THANK YOU!