Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Last year more people used the County's forest preserves than visited Yellowstone National Park.
   
     
     
     



Just what the doctor ordered
Quality medical care now available to Roger Park’s neediest residents

Friday, April 25, 2008
Chicago Journal News-Star
by LORRAINE SWANSON

Elected officials, including a Chicago alderman, a Cook County commissioner and a U.S. congresswoman, toasted the grand opening of a new federally-funded health care clinic that opened in Rogers Park earlier this month.

But the real big shots were the community residents, neighborhood healthcare workers and activists who joined forces to bring high quality, accessible medical care to some of Rogers Park's neediest residents.

"This is the culmination of two long years of hard work that showcased the very best of what Rogers Park has to offer," said Jim Ginderske, a former 49th Ward aldermanic candidate and volunteer chairman of Neighbors for a Healthy Rogers Park.

"This success is proof that Rogers Park's diversity is one of our strengths and that when we work together for a common goal, we can achieve great things," he said.

Neighbors for a Healthy Rogers Park came together in 2005 after discovering that Rogers Park was one of the most medically underserved communities in the city. Community residents began lobbying Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, 13th, to locate a county health clinic in Rogers Park.

When residents were turned down by Cook County, Suffredin suggested that they see if Rogers Park met the requirements for a federally-funded medical clinic. The group appealed to Alderman Joe Moore, 49th, who turned to his friend, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, 9th.

"Congresswoman Schakowsky's office provided the quickest letter of support imaginable," Ginderske said.

But before residents could apply for federal funding, a community needs assessment was first needed to see if Rogers Park met federal requirements.

The group turned to Loyola University's Center for Urban Research and Learning, which helped organize community focus groups and assessed community needs for health care. Much of the community assessment and federal grant application process occurred during the heat of the 2007 aldermanic race, in which Ginderske and Moore were both contenders.

"No matter what happened electorally, Joe put the people in this community first," Ginderske said.

Not only did Rogers Park meet the federal guidelines for a medically underserved community of one health care center per 3,500 people, the ratio almost doubled of one health care center per 7,500 people.

The community needs assessment also revealed that Rogers Park was among the lowest in prenatal healthcare in the city, and HIV/AIDS infections had increased by almost 100 percent.

Neighbors for a Healthy Rogers Park was able to secure $2 million in federal grant money. Heartland Alliance, a human rights organization that operates two school-based clinics at Senn and Roosevelt High Schools, and an affordable medical care facility in Uptown, agreed to operate the new Heartland International Health Center in Rogers Park.

Moore helped residents secure a former medical building at

2200 W. Touhy Ave.
, that was accessible by public transportation.

The new health center now offers residents a range of services including primary care, pediatrics, prenatal care, immunizations, women's health services, chronic disease management, pharmaceutical and mental health services, all regardless of patients' ability to pay.

"At Heartland Alliance, quality affordable health care is considered a basic right," medical director Bechara Choucair said. "Our commitment is to provide people who struggle to access basic primary and mental health care."

An Electronic Health Record System will enable the clinic's medical staff to better manage patients' medical care, especially those with chronic diseases.

Smartly equipped with seven exam rooms, the clinic employs a family physician, a pediatrician, a nurse practitioner in psychiatry, and a certified midwife. Most of the clinic's 14 staff members reside in Rogers Park or nearby.

"We've been seeing patients since Feb. 4," said Michael Curtis, the center's family physician. "People are coming here seeking help for chronic medical conditions that have gone neglected for years and all of a sudden have access to a clinic in their own community."



Recent Headlines

Prisoner escapes from Chicago police custody en route to Cook County Jail
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

County clerk’s office needs federal oversight
Monday, September 16, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

City Club of Chicago: Toni Preckwinkle – Advancing Racial Equity in Cook County
Monday, September 16, 2019
WGN Radio

Choosing Cook County judges, Justice Ginsburg reminds us, should not be a popularity contest
Monday, September 16, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Kim Foxx interested, wary of working with Trump White House on criminal justice reform
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Is Clerk Karen Yarbrough ‘best official’ in county — or is patronage hiring flap only ‘tip of the iceberg’?
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

A secret vote will choose Cook County’s next judicial chief. A $270 million budget, thousands of employees, and the future of a huge court system are at stake.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Evans Faces Challenge Thursday For Position As Cook County Chief Judge
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
WBEZ News

Cook County Health's John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital Receives $5M Federal Grant to Support Cancer Research
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Daily Herald

Cook County Forest Preserves Might Pitch Property Tax Hike To Voters
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
WBEZ News

Column: Ethically, Todd Ricketts owes Cook County six more years of property taxes on his Wilmette house. He should pay up.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Watchdog accuses County Clerk Karen Yarbrough of running ‘illegal patronage’ operation, wants court oversight
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Prosecutors Decline To File Charges In About 1 In Every 5 Murder Cases
Thursday, September 05, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Cook County Maps Story of Opioid Epidemic with New Website
Thursday, September 05, 2019
WBEZ News

Slow refund checks for Water Tower residents—including the county treasurer—lead to proposed fee
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Criminal history vs. compassion? County debate over role of rap sheets in rental decisions
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County’s new law barring landlords from turning away tenants with certain criminal backgrounds faces controversy
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: Upholding Cook County’s assault weapons ban
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Hospital rehab awarded $3 million in state tax credits
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Curbed Chicago

Cook County Finance Committee to approve $3 million settlement in medical malpractice case
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP