Last week, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, announced that the University of St. Francis in Joliet will receive funding for health care from the Department of Health and Human Services.
The $1,452,947 in funding was provided through the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce program, which supports academic clinical partnerships to educate and provide primary and mental health care in underserved areas, according to a news release.
“The University of St. Francis’ partnership with the Will County Community Health Center provides a unique opportunity for students of USF to receive high-quality clinical experience while benefiting the entire community,” Foster said. “Where someone lives should not be a barrier to quality health care, and USF is
taking steps to ensure that all members of our community have access to medical care – including mental health care – when they need it.”
USF President Arvid Johnson said the funding will help the university and the Will County CHC partner to expand the availability of primary care and mental health services for residents. It will also enhance educational opportunities.
“We are the Joliet region’s university, and this is a prime example of how government entities and higher education institutions can collaborate to benefit the citizens of the communities they serve,” Johnson said.
Located at 1106 Neal Ave. in Joliet, the Will County CHC is the oldest
federally qualified health center in the county.