2017 RFP

In 2017, sixteen applications were received for the Federally Qualified Health Center Quality Improvement Grants, which the Board of Directors discussed at their meeting on February 9, 2017. Of the 16 applicants, three IPHCA member community health centers were chosen:  Alivio Medical Center, Heartland Health Centers, and UIC Mile Square Health Center. Funding in the amount of $60,000 total was awarded to support Illinois community health centers.


AlivioAlivio Medical Center – $20,000      
Proposal ¦ Final Report
Expansion of Dental Services
Alivio Medical Center’s (Alivio’s) newly expanded dental practice will allow Alivio to create a new dental suite at its Berwyn site on the west side of Chicago. Alivio will also implement new dental software and hardware. With additional funding from HRSA and Delta Dental of Illinois, Alivio will be able to fully expand dental services to the Berwyn site. Without the additional funding from ICHF, Alivio would be unable to properly chart for diagnostic purposes. This grant will allow Alivio to provide:  Access to Dental Care; Coordinate Dental Care; and Culturally Competent Dental Care.




Heartland Health Centers – $20,000
Proposal  ¦ Final Report
Address the Triple Threat to Communication
The Heartland Health Centers (HHC) communication program will address what The Joint Commission identifies as “triple threat” to communication adversely impacting patients’ health:  language differences between provider and patient, cultural differences between patient and health care system, and low literacy in English or native language. Through this three-fold approach, HHC will expand the use of video interpretation services; purchase and install dual handset telephones, which allows for bi-directional communications between patient, provider and interpreter to improve confidentiality and sound quality; and pilot tailored, in person interpretation pairing doctors fluent in their preferred language or using an in-person interpreter.



MilesquareLogoUI Health Mile Square Health Center – $20,000
Proposal  ¦ Final Report
Population Health Management Project
The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System Mile Square Health Center (UI Health Mile Square) project will provide for implementation and testing of a population health management software to allow the health center to better assess high risk patients; improve care coordination workflow and decision making among the care team; and strategically target interventions to improve health outcomes and measure patient progress in real time. A key component of UI Health Mile Square’s population health management program is data-driven clinical decision making through the use of health information technology to improve quality and clinical patient outcomes.