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

On April 15th, 2019, U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL, 14th) toured and visited Greater Elgin Family Care Center’s McHenry Community Health Center and met with GEFCC staff and Board members.

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

During the meeting, GEFCC 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 GEFCC’s Health Centers are located within Illinois’ 14th Congressional District: Center for Family Health in Sycamore and McHenry Community Health Center in McHenry. Center for Family Health provides pediatric care and family medicine to residents of the DeKalb County area. Additionally, on April 1st, 2019 GEFCC launched DeKalb County’s first Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid use disorder at Center for Family Health.

McHenry Community Health Center is one of GEFCC’s larger Health Centers and offers pediatric care, family medicine, women’s health care including OB/GYN, behavioral health and psychiatry services. Together, Center for Family Health and McHenry Community Health Center provide care to over 13,000 area residents annually.