Durbin, Duckworth Announce New Federal Funding To Expand Services At School-Based Health Centers In Illinois

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that four Illinois community health centers have been awarded a total of $800,000 in federal funding to support school-based services in the Chicagoland area, Rockford, and in Southern Illinois. The funding, awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA), will support local partnerships between schools and health centers to provide students and families with comprehensive physical and mental health care services. 

“Community Health Centers are a vital resource for so many Illinoisans, especially in areas that have been historically underserved,” Durbin said. “By expanding federal support for school-based health centers, more young people and their families will be able to access care, which will reduce health disparities and improve student well-being. Senator Duckworth and I will continue to strongly support these health centers and improve access to affordable health care throughout Illinois.”

“When we work to increase the availability of quality, affordable healthcare for students and their families, we’re helping create a future with more equitable communities and more supported families throughout Illinois,” Duckworth said. “I’m proud to support working families by expanding healthcare in all corners of our state and will keep working with Senator Durbin to do so.”

The following health centers have each been awarded $200,000 in federal funding to support their school-based service sites: 

  • Crusaders Community Health, which operates health centers located within Auburn High School in Rockford and South Beloit High School and Junior High School in South Beloit.
  • Primecare Community Health, Inc, which operates the Hamlin Health Center, located within the Marine Leadership Academy in Chicago.
  • Pillars Community Health, which operates Family Health Center, located within Anne M. Jeans Elementary School in Willowbrook.
  • Shawnee Health Service And Development Corporation, which operates Terrier Care Health Center, located within Carbondale Community High School and Marion Wellness Center, located within Marion High School.