Buying, Selling, & Leasing Can Support Public Health Equity
Health and Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG) is a nonprofit, independent public policy organization fighting for high quality, affordable healthcare for everyone, regardless of their financial status. As a member of Investing In Communities®, HMPRG can receive funding as a result of any real estate transaction – home sales, home purchases, or commercial leases. Already, has been raised $7,731. As more supporters use this platform, at no cost to them, before engaging a real estate agent, the more funding HMPRG has to champion the cause for public health equity in Illinois.
Since 1981, Health and Medicine Policy Research Group has acted on the belief that healthcare is a human right. However, low-income families often do not have access to quality healthcare. HMPRG is a leader,respected for acting as an “honest broker,” by bringing influential parties together to find solutions to complex and challenging healthcare problems. Their advocacy, projects, and programs include: the Center for Long Term Care Reform, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program, Chicago Area Health Education Center, the Center for Public Health Equity, healthcare workforce initiatives, and the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative.
Center for Long Term Care Reform
In 2001, Health and Medicine Policy Research Group formed the Center for Long Term Care Reform to focus on advocating for policies that promote home and community based care for Illinois’ older adult population. The Center for Long Term Care Reform’s efforts have directly led to legislation that channeled an additional $63 million of the state’s budget into community based elderly care.
Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program
Each year since 1996, Health and Medicine Policy Research Group has selected 30 promising students to participate in their Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program. These students have:
- Logged thousands of service hours in Chicago, serving low- to moderate-income individuals; and
- Gained hands-on experience designing and implementing projects addressing issues such as tutoring, violence prevention, and health education.
Chicago Area Health Education Center
Health and Medicine Policy Research Group believes that a diverse medical workforce is needed to serve a diverse population. They foster this diverse workforce with:
- Health Careers Promotion – connecting those seeking health-related careers with professionals already in the field;
- Professional Education and Support – interdisciplinary training in best-practices for health and medical fields; and
- Community-Based Student Education – promotes interdisciplinary collaboration, public health principles, and policy development and arranges job shadowing and mentors for students.
Center for Public Health Equity
At the heart of Health and Medicine Policy Research Group efforts is its Chicago Area Health Education Center, driving health justice forward with:
- Research – finding creative ways to analyze public health data and rethink practices;
- Planning – new ways to offer assistance and educate underserved populations;
- Advocacy – for policy that promotes public health equity; and
- Collaboration – with other organizations outside the public health field.
Healthcare Workforce Initiatives
In order to ensure that everyone in Illinois has equal access to healthcare, Health and Medicine Policy Research Group offers programming that prepares the next generation of healthcare professionals with:
- State Workforce Policy and Planning Initiatives – partnering with and informing reform efforts by policymakers with years of experience and research; and
- Advancing Community Health Workers in Illinois – supporting and promoting Community Health Workers serving underserved communities in Chicago.
Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative
Formed with the goal of better understanding the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative has connected ACEs with many leading health problems. They then use this knowledge to help those who have been hurt by ACEs.
Your Purchase, Sale, or Lease Helps Provide Everyone With Healthcare
At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about public health equity can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. Support their mission by using IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs. Ready to start?
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