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Improving access to healthcare in 2013

Nicasa introduces coordinated treatment for substance abuse and mental illness. Research has shown that people who suffer from mental health and substance abuse problems do best when the two issues are treated together. Foundation grantee Nicasa, which offers substance abuse prevention education, early intervention, treatment, and recovery services at eight locations in Lake County, is now doing just that.

Zion-Benton Children's Services brings dental care to children in Zion, Benton, and Winthrop Harbor. The National Institutes of Health recommend that regular, preventive dental care begin in early childhood. Many families, however, can't afford such care, even when their child has developed cavities or needs specific treatment, and few dental practices in Lake County accept Medicaid reimbursement. With Foundation support, Zion-Benton Children's Services is providing high-quality pediatric dental care to nearly 500 uninsured children ages 4 through 18 from low-income families each year.

College of Lake County steps up to meet the county's growing need for healthcare paraprofessionals. Projections from the Illinois Department of Employment Security indicate that 1,747 more healthcare paraprofessionals will be needed in Lake County by 2018, a 23.9 percent increase over the number currently employed. With Foundation support, the College of Lake County's SPLASH program (Scholarships Promoting Lake County Affordable and Sustainable Healthcare) will increase the number of emergency medical technicians, medical imaging technicians, nursing assistants and others serving medically underserved areas in northern Lake County.

Learn more about how other recent grantees are improving access to health care for residents of northern Lake County.

Press Releases

June 2013 Mental Health Gets Nearly $.5 Million Boost in Northern Lake County
In the first of two rounds of grant making for 2013, the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County (HFNLC) today announced that it has awarded a total of $1,164,500, including more than $475,000 earmarked for the treatment of both acute and chronic mental health problems. Read the full release.

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Media Contacts
For further information about access to healthcare in northern Lake County or the work of the Foundation and its grantees, please contact
Ernest Vasseur, Executive Director, (847) 377-0525, Ext. 25,
Angela Baran, Program Officer, (847) 377-0525, ext. 26,

Reports and Resources
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2014 - Enrolling Lake County:
Looking Back, Moving Forward
2014 - Assessment of Behavioral Health Needs, Service Capacities and Projected Trends in Northern Lake County
2012–14 Report to the Community
2010–12 Report to the Community
2012 Community Needs Assessment
2007–10 Report to the Community
Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition:
Toolkit on the Affordable Care Act
Lake County Community Foundation:
Survey of Lake County Nonprofit Organizations' Programs, Operations and Locations
Affordable Care Act Implementation in Illinois: Overcoming Barriers to Immigrant Health Care Access
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