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Sorensen Announces More Than $1 Million for Public Health Services in Western Illinois

Congressman Eric Sorensen (IL-17) is joining the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to announce $1,045,348 for Whiteside County to administer public health services to communities in Western Illinois. 


“Communities across Western Illinois deserve access to affordable and reliable health care,” said Sorensen. “With these critical investments coming to Whiteside County, we are working together to make sure our neighbors, regardless of how much money they make, get the health care they need. In Congress, I will always fight to bring tax dollars back home to support working families.” 


“HRSA funding allows us to be a designated Federally Qualified Health Center. As an FQHC, we provide valuable resources with a focus on our most vulnerable populations. At Whiteside County Community Health Clinic, we provide medical, dental, behavioral health, medication assisted treatment, psychiatric, and oral surgery services. We will be adding optometry services later this year. It is through the HRSA funding as an FQHC that we are able to provide these services to our community. We are thankful for the opportunity to receive these funds and serve our community,” said Cheryl Lee, M.S., PHA/CEO of Whiteside County Community Health Clinic. 


HHS awarded this grant as part of its Health Center Cluster program and allows the Whiteside County Health Department to operate as a Federally Qualified Health Center. Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services to families of all backgrounds, regardless of their ability to pay. 


This grant award represents partial funding to Whiteside County from FY2024 federal spending. HHS’ Health Center Cluster program funds health clinics across the nation that meet certain criteria. 

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