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

Oral health matters in the fight for racial and economic justice.

Under this inhumane new standard, immigration officials could turn away immigrants who have received assistance from a variety of safety net programs.

Our Impact

These recommendations for state legislative actions concentrate on critical measures to protect low-income families & communities across the state.

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

We are saddened by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to temporarily block the nationwide injunction halting the federal government’s public charge rule

Resources

Mar 2020

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

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

312.789.4105

Stephani Becker
Stephani Becker
Stephani Becker
Associate Director of Healthcare Justice

312.789.4482

Andrea Kovach
Andrea Kovach
Andrea Kovach
Senior Attorney, Healthcare Justice

312.368.1089

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