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February 2021

Press Release: Access to Care Receives $15,000 Grant from Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation

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.

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January 2021

Press Release: Access to Care Receives $750,000 Grant from Westlake Health Foundation

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.

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January 2021

Press Release: Access to Care Receives $40,000 Grant from Community Memorial Foundation

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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December 2020

Making a Difference: ‘Access to Care’ Looks to Help Residents Get Health Care

NBC 5 provides positive and inspiring stories through their Making A Difference initiative. The stories are featured in nearly every newscast providing solutions to the challenges communities face. Access to Care was featured on NBC’s “Making a Difference” segment on December 6.

“A local nonprofit, Access to Care, is helping those in need get the health care that they need during the coronavirus pandemic.”

NBC 5’s Michelle Relerford introduces December 6th’s “Making a Difference” featuring Access to Care. Click the image below to watch the segment.

 

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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.

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Access to Care Rx Relief Fund

For over 30 years, Access to Care has worked with our provider and community partners to meet the health care needs of diverse, underserviced populations in suburban Cook County and northwest Chicago.

The Access to Care program covers:

  • Doctor office visits for $5,
  • Lab tests and X-rays for $5, and
  • Prescription medication for $15 to $40 co-payments.

Access to Care regularly connects with our members to determine ongoing, unmet needs that make it difficult – and at times, impossible – to maintain good health. These needs are top of mind as we expand the scope of member services in 2020.

A significant number of our members have reported going WITHOUT their monthly prescriptions because they’ve had to use their limited household funds for an unexpected event or hardship. We do NOT want our Access to Care members to have to choose between life-sustaining medications and other unforeseen needs.

In early 2020, we proudly launched the Access to Care Rx Relief Fund

For a limited time, Access to Care members can receive help covering the cost of their prescription co-payment. Call us at 708.531.0680 or email us at info@accesstocare.org and mention your interest in the Rx Relief Fund. You may be eligible to receive your prescription medication at a ZERO co-pay.

Certain restrictions may apply.

Not an ATC member? Apply online.

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