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Brighton Park Residents a Step Closer to Access to Health Care
Wednesday, a grant application by the UIC Neighborhoods Initiative was submitted. Id accepted this could result in better access to healthcare in the medically lacking area of Brighton Park.
Previously, for every one thousand people in the area, there was only one physician said a Health Resources and Services Administration representative, and that the ratio is believed to have only gotten worse given the population growth over the last few years.
The grant proposed by the Neighborhood Initiative for funding by HRSA would provide a community-based healthcare center at Burroughs Elementary School by ways of the Bureau of Primary Health Care, which funds community health centers.
“It would relieve a lot of pressure of having to travel, and the financial difficulties,” said parent coordinator of Burroughs, Lizbeth Gonzalez. “If something happens to [my son] while he’s attending school, I know he’ll be seen.”
The results of the Initiatives grant application are expected this summer, and they’ve said they will submit grant applications until funding for a healthcare center is secured.