Access to Health Care: Presentation to the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus

Racism is a public health emergency.

Everyone deserves access to affordable, comprehensive health care no matter their income, race, gender, or where they’re from. People need to stay healthy so they can work, take care of their families, and be active members of their communities.

Black people, immigrants, and Latino/a/x people are at disproportionate risk of being uninsured, lack access to care, and experience worse health outcomes. Racism is a public health emergency.

On October 19, 2020, the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, Healthy Illinois, and EverThrive Illinois made a presentation to the Human Services and Public Health Joint Committee on health equity and proposed policy solutions to drive improved health outcomes for Black and Latino/a/x communities. Speakers included Audra Wilson, President & CEO of the Shriver Center; Graciela Guzman, Campaign Director of Healthy Illinois; Rudi Hancock, Government Relations Liaison of the Shriver Center; and Kirbi Range, Maternal & Child Health Manager of EverThrive Illinois. Download the slides below.

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Healthcare is a human right. The high cost of care means millions of families have no access to the critical care all human beings deserve.

We are intentional about addressing barriers to healthcare that specific communities experience.

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