Empowered through Health and Wellness, this division recognizes the importance a healthier lifestyle has on an individual's overall well-being by providing through partnerships, programs and health screenings that work towards the elimination of health disparities and the accessing of community resources.

The Health Initiatives Division works to build healthy and safe communities by eliminating health disparities through prevention and education as well as by promoting access to affordable and quality health care for the community. The Springfield Urban League partners with state and local government entities as well as community and faith-based organizations to identify the issues, beliefs, attitudes, and best practices that impact health within underserved communities.

Our Impact

Over the years, our work has been instrumental in preventing illnesses and improving the quality of life of our clients and has helped many to cope with chronic diseases. 

Increasing Access

Through our network of medical systems and federally qualified health systems, the Urban League engages communities of color providing information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through education and enrollment. Since 2016, the Springfield Urban League has led outreach efforts to promote ACA awareness and combat ACA misinformation. 
 

Communities of Color Special At-Risk Population

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HIV & AIDS have hit African Americans the hardest out of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States. African Americans account for 15% of the Illinois population and about 50% of new HIV and AIDS cases diagnosed since 2008.

The Springfield Urban League's HIV Prevention program provides prevention messages through education and awareness, FREE testing, counseling, referrals, and risk reduction services to high risk populations.

Wellness on Wheels

People in urban communities experience disproportionately higher rates of preventable disease. As proven since 2008, the Springfield Urban League has operated a mobile health clinic providing high-quality and comprehensive care – right in communities across the State of Illinois. 

Mobile Health Clinic

This mobile health clinic provides a wide range of services to people ages 18 and older:

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