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IPCHA honors Durbin as community health center champion

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

The Illinois Primary Health Care Association (IPHCA) has recognized U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) for his exceptional leadership and efforts in support of community health centers and underserved areas.

IPHCA presented the 2022 Distinguished Community Health Center Advocate Award at Crossing Healthcare in Decatur, Ill. IPHCA and its member health centers noted that they are thankful for the Senator’s longstanding commitment to healthcare issues, including protections for the 340B prescription drug discount program, advancing historic investments in the National Health Service Corps, and assistance to providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Senator Durbin has shown time and time again his support for community health centers and, most importantly, the individuals and communities they serve,” said Ollie Idowu, president and CEO at IPHCA. “At every turn, he has supported our efforts to enhance and expand access to high-quality, comprehensive healthcare to our patients, including his leadership in securing historic investments for the National Health Service Corps – a powerful tool for attracting and retaining healthcare providers in underserved communities.”

“Community health centers are a critical resource for so many Illinoisans, especially in urban and rural areas that have been historically underserved,” said Durbin. “Every single one of our residents deserves access to quality health services, and our community health centers are invaluable partners.  I’ll continue advocating for federal investments to strengthen the workforce, lower costs, and improve health equity in every corner of our state.”

The award was presented by the IPHCA on behalf of their national affiliate, the National Association for Community Health Centers (NACHC).

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