In the Illinois Community

Expanding Quality Health Care to Underserved Communities in Chicago’s Neighborhoods

Esperanza Health Centers serves the city of Chicago’s southwest side and offers much needed health services to its residents. Families in Esperanza's service area experience significant economic, educational and health disparities. The area has been designated as a Medically Underserved Area as well as a Health Professional Shortage Area by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Blue Cross supports Esperanza’s mission to continue to offer quality health care to families in the southwest Chicago neighborhoods. With our grant, Esperanza Health Center will launch the Chicago Safety Net Learning Collaborative Sustainability Plan. The purpose of this collaborative is to improve all pieces of their day to day work and to address problems preventing the Center from providing quality health care to low-income and uninsured patients.

Esperanza, which means “hope” in Spanish wants to give exactly that to their community. They envision a healthier community by offering the best medical care to the community residents regardless of immigration status, race, ethnicity, income or if they are uninsured.

All of their full-time providers and clinical staff are bilingual and bicultural, so the Center is able to offer services and programs that are carefully tailored to the needs and culture of the communities they serve.

The services offered in their center are the following:

Family Medicine
Primary care is offered to adults. The staff will focus on diagnosing, treating and managing chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity. Esperanza’s adult health providers also have experience in geriatric medicine, pain management and weight loss medicine. Annual exams, immunizations, employment physicals, HIV and sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing, and counseling services are also offered.

Pediatrics
Pediatrics offers immunizations, TB tests, obesity counseling, school physicals and more. After-hours pediatric service is also available which helps families avoid unnecessary ER visits.

Behavioral Health Consulting
Their Behavioral Health Consultants offer services to help patients dealing with anxiety, depression or other emotional or medical concerns. The consultant is able to provide immediate consultation and schedule additional consult sessions if needed.

Women’s Health/Obstetrics
Their services include annual exams, breast exams, mammograms, Pap smears, prenatal care and HIV and sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing and counseling as well as free pregnancy testing. The Center offers an exceptional standard of care for women in the community, including diagnostic and early treatment procedures for cervical cancer.

For more information about Esperanza Health Centers visit www.esperanzachicago.org or call 773.584.6200

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