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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Clinics, Health

Mission: Our mission is to open doors to healthcare for low-income families who lack access to care. Through the coordination of efficient and effective medical services, we improve our members' health. We know that our community's diversity is its strength; we celebrate all backgrounds and perspectives and are committed to providing a safe, accepting environment for the families we serve.

Results: We are partnered with every hospital in DuPage county, hundreds of volunteer physicians, DuPage County Health Department, and a number of other social service agencies in the area. Our collaboration enhances the capacity of each partnering organization to address both health and social issues more effectively than each sector could independently. Access DuPage members see their primary care doctor an average of 3 times per year, ensuring they get the preventative care they need to stay healthy. Access DuPage members also use the emergency room 36% less than their uninsured peers, saving money for our local hospitals. DuPage Dispensary of Hope has supplied 2,815 medications with a total donated valued of $202,781 to 1,028 patients in 2019 alone.

Target demographics: low-income, medically uninsured or under-insured individuals living in DuPage County

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,069 clients through Access DuPage, 583 through Silver Access DuPage, and 1,028 through DuPage Dispensary of Hope

Geographic areas served: DuPage County, Illinois

Programs: Access DuPage: A program that connects uninsured clients with a primary care home, any necessary specialty referrals, lab and diagnostic services, and many prescription medications all for a very low (if any) cost. Silver Access DuPage: A health insurance premium assistance program that helps underinsured individuals who have purchased a silver plan through the ACA marketplace pay their monthly premium. DuPage Dispensary of Hope: A pharmacy that dispenses a number of chronic-care medications to uninsured individuals for free.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I currently and for the past 21 years have held the title of General Assistance Director for Winfield Township, one of the 9 townships within DuPage County, Illinois. The state-mandated cash assistance program which I administer includes a medical component for the recipients. Access DuPage has been invaluable to our clients and the township by providing low-cost prescriptions and physician visits. Generic prescriptions are $5 for the members of Access DuPage. Doctor visits can range from $5 to $15 including specialists. For recipients of our General Assistance program, even these small co-pays are out of reach. The township must make these payments for its G.A. Recipients and many of the precriptions can be quite costly for a local government's budget to bear. Being able to make the small co-pay instead of paying retail is a benefit to the township. Having low-income, chronically needy individuals in the Access DuPage program will ultimately forestall catastrophic medical issues by assigning people to primary medical care physicians or clinics. I wholly endorse this charily program as does Winfield Township by budgeting $7000 per year to Access DuPage

Review from Guidestar

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a staff member of an affordable housing organization, I rely on other efficient, effective nonprofits to provide crucial services, like healthcare, for our residents. Access DuPage provides such comprehensive care options at incredibly low cost and is often the only healthcare provider that we can refer our residents to. I applaud Access DuPage for their efforts and their consistency in providing great healthcare service for their clients.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

DuPage County is fairly affluent, yet there are a large number of uninsured and underinsured residents as well. Access DuPage serves our community by screening clients seeking health care services, linking them to needed health services and/or a primary care-giver, and coordinating specialized services when neccessary. As is the case elsewhere, funding is often inadequate to the growing need, so Access DuPage must also seek grants, in-kind services, and other means of financial support in order to serve their clients. The most important aspect seems to be serving the clients with dignity, expertise, efficiency, and concern.

Review from Guidestar