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The Family Health Partnership Clinic will improve the health status of the community and reduce the negative impact of poor access to care by providing a broad spectrum of services to the underserved with compassion and respect. We recognize that as a community, we are responsible for each other.
Over the next ten years, the Family Health Partnership Clinic will assure that the residents of the McHenry County area will enjoy the benefit of full access to high quality health care, regardless of the ability to pay. The Clinic operates on a sliding fee scale, although no patient is turned away due to inability to pay. At registration, patients will be asked to provide some proof of income.
Putting it in Perspective
The problems of the uninsured have only grown in the last few years. When the Clinic began in April 1996, the University of Illinois School of Medicine indicated that there were an estimated 15,000 uninsured in the county. The most recent census figures (2010) and the Heartland Alliance indicate that there are conservatively at least 34,500 uninsured in the county. The vast majority of patients we see are working at least part time, but are unable to get coverage because their company doesn’t offer it or because they have pre-existing conditions. To join a group of people and organizations that make all this possible, go to “Volunteer” on hpclinic.org.
At the start of the Clinic, it partnered with Community Health Partnership. While a primary focus revolved around the access to health care for the migrants, it became quite clear that a larger and broader scope of services was needed. With cooperation from its parent agency, the Clinic became its own entity in 1999. The Clinic is funded through private grants, foundations and community fundraising. Until the Clinic opened, there was no place in the county for people without health insurance except for the emergency room. The majority of these are termed the “working poor” because while they hold jobs, they are not offered insurance, are unable to afford insurance on their wages, or have no coverage for their family members.
The new Clinic opened in late November of 2013 due to a successful $3.2 million dollar campaign was championed through a generous lead gift from Vince & Pat Foglia and by a dedicated committee who were committed to raising the funds. The new Family Health Partnership Clinic Sage Center for Care is twice the size of the old clinic at 10,000 square feet. Twice as many patients can now be treated and twice as many providers can volunteer.
As of 2017, the Clinic added dental clinic and a mobile clinic van, that visits the guests that are at the PADS in McHenry County. The dental clinic provides a robust number of dental procedures and there are several local dentists who are patients can be referred to for reduced cost care.
In 2020, we pivoted to a whole new way to address the needs of our patients and also community at large. The Clinic was instrumental in so many ways- from telehealth visits to Covid testing, outdoor medication pickup to rolling out the Covid vaccine to not only our patients but also community members.
And now, in 2021, we are thrilled to be celebrating the Clinic's 25th Anniversary of caring for McHenry County!