Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl went to Washington Thursday for a series of meetings on behalf of the city’s application to create a Federally Qualified Health Center in the Evanston.
The center would be managed by Erie Family Health Care in partnership with the city.
The mayor, accompanied by Erie CEO Dr. Lee Francis and City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, met with Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Sen. Dick Durbin.
Schakowsky and Durbin have previously supported the city’s application and pledged to continue efforts on its behalf. Tisdahl praised what she said was the lawmakers’ outstanding support for the project.
“Both took time from a very busy schedule of votes before the House and Senate to meet with us and strategize how best to advocate for our FQHC start-up application.”
The Mayor also met with representatives from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services that administers the health center program, who confirmed that the city should receive a decision on its application in early August.
A Federally Qualified Health Center in Evanston would deliver health care to over 5,000 patients through over 18,000 patient visits who live in households earning under 200 percent of the Federal poverty level.
The proposed federal grant of $600,000 would help provide initial operating costs for the center for three years.
Top: Erie Family Health Center CEO Dr. Lee Francis and Mayor Tisdahl with Sen. Durbin in his Washington office.