Overview

For more than 25 years, ACCESS has been on the frontlines of community-based health care. ACCESS provides a continuum of care model that connects patients to health care resources both within and beyond the walls of our 36 federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs). 

ACCESS' services are designed to address the health of our underserved communities in such areas as preventive care, chronic disease management, and support services. To address patients' comprehensive health needs, ACCESS physicians, nurse practitioners, midwives and other providers are teamed with outreach staff, case managers, social workers and substance abuse counselors to advance a continuum of care. 

This year, ACCESS community health centers, located throughout Cook and DuPage counties, will serve more than 180,000 low-income individuals and families, including more than 30,000 uninsured patients. Last year, ACCESS provided care to 7,631 pregnant women, 27,271 patients with hypertension, 15,517 patients with diabetes and 10,518 asthmatic patients. We also provided primary care, mental health services, and care management for more than 900 men and women with HIV/AIDS, primarily in urban and suburban communities with few other resources for support and services.

ACCESS recently launched its new three-year strategic plan, which focuses on five strategic pillars: Patient Engagement, Strategic Partnerships, Financial Future, Workforce Engagement and Leadership in Community Health. Click here to see the full ACCESS FY'17-'19 Strategic Plan.

A Brief Snapshot

ACCESS' patient demographics reflect the communities we proudly serve each day:

  • 40 % are children age 17 and under
  • 51% are Hispanic
  • 29% are African-American
  • 74% were at or below the 200 percent of the 2015 Federal Poverty Level ($23,540 annually), which is a common measure of economic stability.

 

A Leader in Expanding Access to Health Care

ACCESS has been at the forefront of expanding access to affordable, comprehensive health services in metropolitan Chicago for decades.  ACCESS is the largest provider of primary care for Medicaid beneficiaries in Illinois and provides more primary care annually than the Cook County Health System. 

Beyond our walls, ACCESS reaches even more individuals through our community-based outreach and education models, which foster a connection between health education and action.

The Affordable Care Act provides new opportunities to educate and engage individuals about ways to improve their health.  An early leader in educating and enrolling community members in Medicaid enrollment, ACCESS is dedicated to developing the right outreach strategies to engage and assess our 45,000 uninsured patients for new health coverage opportunities.​

 

MISSION, VISION & VALUES

MISSION
ACCESS partners with patients at all points of care, providing high quality, patient-centered health services accessible to all in their own communities.

VISION

ACCESS is the health care home of choice, partnering with patients and communities to improve total health and create health equity.

VALUES

CARING
We embrace the diversity of our patients, staff and communities, and engage them with mutual respect, compassion, trust, integrity and responsibility.

COMMITTED
We pursue excellence through innovation and disciplined approaches to deliver patient-centered care, in an environment of collaborative learning and professional growth.

CONNECTED
We engage in partnerships that add value to our patients and promote the total health of the communities that we serve.