Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project

Jul 1, 2024

Connecting People to Benefits

Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project

Amount Awarded: $226,752 | Project Status: Completed Jan 2024

Will County ARPA funding is helping the Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project (SSIP) enroll residents in healthcare benefits, connecting families to primary care physicians and other critical healthcare services. SSIP is working with Federally Qualified Health Centers and other partners to provide access and resources to the immigrant community in their preferred language. SSIP has also partnered with the Will County Health Department to provide Flu and COVID-19 vaccines to anyone who needs them.

The Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project has helped register over 500 community members to health benefits and connected over 400 people to federally qualified health centers or other resources. SSIP has trained through the immigrant health academy over 15 bilingual and cultural competent health navigators to serve as trusted messengers in the community to share resources. Language access is part of health equity and SSIP is working to bridge that divide.

“Healthcare is a human right. Having access to a primary care physician, resources in your community in a language you understand should be the norm! We have been able to enroll many of our communities in the Health Benefits for Immigrant Adults and Health Benefits for Immigrant Seniors programs. We know that access to health care saves many lives in our community! We are grateful for our community health navigators that are the trusted messengers in our community that are delivering the resources and taking care of our community regardless of immigration status.”

José Eduardo Vera | Executive Director