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December 2013 Issue
Erie and Partners Inaugurate Expanded Evanston/Skokie Location
Asthma Fair Takes Challenge of Asthma Care
Erie Successfully Enrolls Thousands into Health Care Coverage
Saving Lives Through Early Detection
Crain's Chicago Business "40 Under 40" Honors Iliana A. Mora
Healthy Minds, Healthy Children, Healthy Chicago
Save the Date!

 

Eriedescence 2014

Thursday, February 20
6pm to 9pm

Galleria Marchetti

825 West Erie Street 


Hosted by the
Erie Family Health Center Auxiliary Council

 

Join us for an
illuminating evening
featuring cocktails,
hors d'oeuvres,
dancing, a silent
auction and more!
Proceeds support
Erie's HIV/AIDS
program Lending
Hands for Life
.

 

For more information,
http://eriefamilyhealth.org/

eriedescence

 

Thank You!

 

Erie thanks its lead 

donors for supporting
the building and
renovations at Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center:   

 

NorthShore University HealthSystem

North Suburban
Healthcare Foundation


Illinois Children's
Healthcare Foundation

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Dear Friends of Erie,

 

Lee Francis

As we take a break from ordinary routines to enjoy the holiday season, it's important to remember all that we have to be grateful for. At Erie, we're grateful for the patients who entrust us with their care, each other, our families and the support of our partners. We are inspired by our partners' values and their ongoing belief in Erie's mission.

 

Thanks to our partnerships, the holiday issue of

e-Spotlight features some of our most recent accomplishments to expand access to care for those who need it most. After a year operating out of a temporary location, Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center has moved to a larger, state-of-the-art facility to serve thousands more patients. Erie has met a challenge to bring more highly coordinated care to children who suffer from asthma. We are helping patients engage in early detection of colon cancer. And our health care navigators continue working tirelessly to help thousands of patients enroll for benefits through the Affordable Care Act.

 

This work wouldn't be possible without the assistance of supporters like you.  You can give the gift of good health by making an online donation this holiday season to help Erie build healthier communities and transform lives.

 

As you wind down to spend time with family and friends, please remember that there are still too many among us struggling with poor health and lack of access to care this holiday season. Because of them, we can't stop working. And because of you, we won't.

Warmest wishes for your holiday, 

  

Lee Signature Black

Lee Francis, MD, MPH 

President and CEO
Erie Family Health Center  
 

 

ERIE NEWS  

 

Erie and Partners Inaugurate Expanded Evanston/Skokie Location

 

The new 15,000 square foot health center will
serve up to 5,500 patients annually.  

 

In November, representatives from Erie Family Health Center, local officials, organization donors and community partners gathered for a celebration, formal ribbon-cutting and tours of the new permanent location of the Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center.

 

President and CEO, Dr. Lee Francis, thanked partners who made it possible for Erie Evanston/Skokie to open last year in its temporary site. It was the area's first community health center and Erie's first location outside Chicago. "Our partners shared the vision to address the disparity of health care access in Evanston and Skokie," he said. "We're delighted that their continued support of this beautiful new facility will help provide quality care for thousands more community residents well into the future."

 

In its first year at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, Erie Evanston/Skokie served more than 1,400 medical and 850 dental patients, many of whom had been without care for years. The new 15,000 square foot health center will serve up to 5,500 patients annually.  

 

 

Asthma Fair Takes Challenge of Asthma Care

   
Thanks to an award from the American Lung Association, Erie recently took the ALA's Asthma Challenge, which promotes coordinated care for asthma patients. On October 21, Erie held its first Asthma Fair at Erie West Town. Pediatricians, nurses and medical assistants were on hand to care for 60 young patients who attended with their families. In addition, children enjoyed games, fun and face painting.

 

The event helped Erie meet the ALA's criteria for effective asthma programs, such as a coordinated team approach to care, educating patients for self assessment and self-management of symptoms, regular check-ups, flu vaccinations and annual spirometry, medication management and documentation of care.

 

 Erie Family Health Center Asthma Fair volunteers.

 

Due to the event's success, Erie will hold additional Asthma Fairs at Erie West Town in the upcoming months.    

  

 

Erie Successfully Enrolls Thousands into Health Care Coverage

  

Erie patients learn about the Affordable Care Act.  
 
Erie has helped more than 3,500 patients sign up for healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Seven bilingual certified "navigators" help patients enroll when they come in for appointments, at community events or at two recent enrollment "fairs" at Erie Evanston/Skokie.

 

For many it has been a long time. As "Maria" a newly-enrolled - and very grateful - patient said: "I've been waiting so many years to have some type of insurance." Once they learn that they are eligible, patients like Maria are lining up to be enrolled and often referring co-workers, family members, friends and neighbors. Erie looks forward to enrolling thousands more of our uninsured patients in the upcoming months.

 

 

Saving Lives Through Early Detection

   

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Fortunately, regular screening can find it early when it is still curable.

 

To address this challenge, Erie has joined with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to implement a coordinated approach to increasing screening rates among our higher risk patients. In addition to using a new test which requires fewer drug or dietary restrictions, patients can now conveniently take the test at home. In addition, Erie is conducting robust patient follow-up including text messages, automated phone calls and personal calls, to support patient participation. We also provide case management to patients who screen positive so that they can get the services that they need.

 

Erie has joined with Northwestern to implement
a coordinated approach to increasing screening
rates among our higher risk patients.

 

 

As a result of these efforts, Erie's rates of regular colorectal screening have increased 50% over the past five years and Erie's screening rate is more than 30% higher than the rate nationally. Erie will continue to partner with Northwestern to identify additional opportunities to improve patient care that, in many cases, can be truly life-saving. 

 

 

Crain's Chicago Business
"40 Under 40" Honors Iliana A. Mora

 

Iliana A. Mora, Chief Operating Officer   
 

Erie is delighted that Chief Operating Officer, Iliana Mora, has been named by Crain's Chicago Business as one of its '40 Under 40' honorees for 2013. Mora was recognized for "spearheading growth and introducing innovative models and strategies" that have helped Erie "add new services, expand to new communities and provide affordable high quality health care to thousands of people in need." 

 

Since 1989,"40 Under 40" has honored nearly 1,000 individuals from Chicago's business community who reached the top of their field before turning 40, and who are identified as Chicago's next generation of leaders.

 

Congratulations, Iliana!

 

 

Healthy Minds, Healthy Children, Healthy Chicago

 

 

Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation(ILCHF) has awarded Erie and Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4) a combined $2 million over five years to collaboratively implement the Healthy Minds, Healthy Children, Healthy Chicago (H3) program starting on January 1, 2014. This innovative program teams Erie clinical support staff, primary care clinicians, behavioral health professionals from C4, parents and social service agencies to fully integrate children's mental health into the primary care setting. 

 

The H3 program will help ensure that children and
families access the care that they need.

 

Erie's pediatric patients may be at higher risk for behavioral and emotional health issues due to unemployment, crime, school closings, chronic diseases and other challenges in their communities. The H3 program will help identify and address these issues as quickly as possible through regular screening and monitoring, and ensure that children and families access the care that they need.

 

The grant is part of a larger ILCHF initiative to address children's mental health in the City of Chicago. 

 

 
e-Spotlight is produced by Erie Family Health Center's Development and Communications Department. For any questions or to submit story ideas please contact Rachel Krause at rkrause@eriefamilyhealth.org.