U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood Visits McHenry Community Health Center

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On April 15th, 2019, U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL, 14th) toured and visited Greater Family Health (3901 Mercy Dr., McHenry, IL) and met with Greater Family Health staff and Board members.

As part of her visit, Congresswoman Underwood learned about Greater Family Health and the impact that Community Health Centers, like Greater Family Health, have on increasing access to health care across the country. Congresswoman Underwood was impressed with the quality of care that Greater Family Health provides, as Greater Family Health has won multiple quality recognitions including national recognition as a Hypertension Control Champion, National Quality Leader and Health Center Quality Leader.

During the meeting, Greater Family Health President/CEO, Robert M. Tanner, shared health care policy updates from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) with the Congresswoman. Topics focused on long-term reauthorization of several health care programs including the Health Center Program and the National Health Service Corp. Congresswoman Underwood acknowledged the bipartisan popularity of Community Health Centers and the many studies which document the savings and quality of care produced by FQHCs.

Congresswoman Underwood was pleased to share an update on health care related legislation she has been working on, noting the recently launched the Black Maternal Health Caucus with U.S. Representative Alma Adams (NC-D) to address the disproportionate maternal mortality rate for Black women in the U.S. Pending legislation focused on rescinding the Short-term, Limited Duration Insurance (STLDI) plans which lack ACA consumer protection requirements, and efforts to increase access to tax credits for health care for more people and working to reduce premium costs.
Two of Greater Family Health’s Health Centers are located within Illinois’ 14th Congressional District: Greater Family Health in Sycamore and in McHenry. Greater Family Health provides pediatric care and family medicine to residents of the DeKalb County area. Additionally, on April 1st, 2019 Greater Family Health launched DeKalb County’s first Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid use disorder.
Greater Family Health (3901 Mercy Dr., McHenry, IL) is one of our larger Health Centers., offering pediatric care, family medicine, women’s health care, including OB/GYN, behavioral health, and psychiatry services.

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