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Sorensen Announces Nearly $700,000 for Public Health in Northwestern Illinois

Congressman Eric Sorensen (IL-17) is announcing $696,899 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to Whiteside County to administer public health services to underserved populations. 


“Every Illinois family, regardless of background or ZIP code, deserves access to affordable health care,” said Sorensen. “I commend the Whiteside County government for providing these vital services to our most vulnerable neighbors and I welcome this investment to support their mission.” 


“The funding from HRSA allows us to operate our FQHC and provide much needed resources for our most vulnerable populations,” said Cheryl Lee, CEO of the Whiteside County Health Department. “In addition, we are bringing on new services and able to expand our facility thanks to this critical grant funding.” 


This grant was awarded as part of an HHS Service Area Competition grant award to allow the Whiteside County Health Department to operate as a Federally Qualified Health Center. Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services to families in Northwestern Illinois, regardless of their ability to pay.  


This $696,899 award is partial funding for 2024 and will allow the county to provide new services to those who need it most and expand their facilities. 

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