We are intentional about addressing intersectionality in barriers to healthcare for people who don’t speak English, people with disabilities and chronic conditions, and people who are undocumented.
Black people, immigrants and people of color are at disproportionate risk of being uninsured, lack access to care, and experience worse health outcomes. Racism is a public health emergency. Non-English speakers, people with disabilities and chronic conditions, rural residents, and people who are undocumented also face specific barriers to accessing healthcare. The Shriver Center drives efforts to improve and expand access to dental, vision, and mental health care for these communities, care which is critical to people’s ability to work, learn in school, and experience a good quality of life.
We are on the front lines of the national fight to eradicate discrimination in health care as steering members of the Protect Our Care, Protecting Immigrant Families, and Healthy Illinois Campaign coalitions and work in collaboration with community-based groups, health-care providers, and other advocacy organizations to challenge discriminatory federal policies.
Six things Congress and the Trump Administration can do right now
A statement from the Shriver Center on Poverty Law.
By expanding Medicaid coverage to 12 months postpartum, Illinois can make significant progress toward reducing maternal mortality and morbidity.
A collection of readings, research, and tools to help guide an understanding of structural racism.
Links to information and useful resources to aid communities seeking support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 has revealed the high cost of policies that have kept undocumented immigrants without access to healthcare, housing, and food assistance.
Learn more about strategies to ensure healthcare coverage for all.
The Fight for Environmental Justice in Federally Assisted Housing