|Near North Health Service Corporation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). It is one of the largest providers of community-based primary care in Chicago. We provide health care, social services and nutrition education to the medically indigent and uninsured residents of the Near North side (Cabrini Green), West Town, Humboldt Park, West Garfield Park, Austin, Kenwood/Oakland, Douglas and Grand Boulevard, and Uptown communities.|
Over the years, Near North Health Service Corporation has been called upon to expand in the face of increasingly diverse community needs. Our first clinic was housed within the Olivet Community Center, forty-five years ago. However, the unique approach to health care that we began back then has proven itself to be a strong foundation that has withstood the test of time.
Our philosophy reflects an approach that anticipates community needs and plans for expansions that are developed in accordance to these needs. Throughout our continuous evolution, we are happy to report that not only have our methods held up under the intense new demands of ever-changing communities, but also we have come through with shining results. We are proud to report that our successes now serve as a national model for excellence in community-oriented primary health care.
Near North Health Service Corporation targets a primary service area that encompasses 68 zip code areas throughout Chicago. A full array of primary care clinical services and comprehensive social support programs are provided through eight Near North community-based health centers. While disparate, NNHSC communities are characterized by large concentrations of CHA high rise apartments, abandoned residential buildings, blighted commercial properties, and an utter absence of basic services and health care resources.
In fiscal year 2010, NNHSC served 35, 119 clinical and non-clinical patients through more than 105, 357 visits. Almost half of NNHSC users, 56%, are uninsured; 40% have Medicaid coverage, and 4% are covered through Medicare. Females account for 63% of NNHSC patients and males represent 37%. Seventy percent (74%) of NNHSC users live at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Index (FPI) and 96% live below 200% of FPI.