Health Equity

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

Immigrants, people of color, and Black people in particular experience disparities in health access and outcomes due to America’s legacy of structural racism as well as present-day systems and policies.  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.

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Our Insights

Six things Congress and the Trump Administration can do right now

A statement from the Shriver Center on Poverty Law.

Our Impact

By expanding Medicaid coverage to 12 months postpartum, Illinois can make significant progress toward reducing maternal mortality and morbidity.

New report describes an urgent and ongoing environmental and health crisis for many families living in affordable housing.


Jul 2020

A collection of readings, research, and tools to help guide an understanding of structural racism.

Mar 2020

Links to information and useful resources to aid communities seeking support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr 2020

COVID-19 has revealed the high cost of policies that have kept undocumented immigrants without access to healthcare, housing, and food assistance.

Mar 2020

Learn more about strategies to ensure healthcare coverage for all.

Attorneys and Specialists

Stephanie Altman
Stephanie Altman
Stephanie Altman
Director of Healthcare Justice and Senior Director of Policy


Stephani Becker
Stephani Becker
Stephani Becker
Associate Director of Healthcare Justice


Andrea Kovach
Andrea Kovach
Andrea Kovach
Senior Attorney, Healthcare Justice


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