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Erie Family Health Center

We are proud of our affiliations with Northwestern University, Norwegian American Hospital, and Erie Family Health Center . This partnership was fostered in delivering high quality health care in an underserved community while cultivating Northwestern’s high standards for research and academic medicine.

Lee Francis, MD, MPH, CEO of Erie Family Health

About Erie

Erie Family Health Center delivers high-quality, culturally-sensitive, bilingual health care to more than 45,000 medical patients and 9,000 dental patients. Our community-based health care centers are portals to high-quality care – and a higher quality of life – regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. Since 1957, when the Erie Family Health Center was first established as a volunteer clinic by doctors from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, it has been our mission to consider health care a right, not a privilege. Today, Erie serves patients from 12 sites, including six large primary care facilities (three with integrated, on-site dental care), five school-based health centers and the only freestanding comprehensive teen health provider in Chicagoland.

Erie’s Mission

At Erie Family Health Center, we believe health care is a right, not a privilege. Our mission is to provide accessible, affordable and high quality health care for those in need.

Who We Serve

  • 79% of Erie’s patients are Hispanic

  • 54% are best served in Spanish

  • 68% are female

  • 49% are under the age of 19

  • 28% are school-aged children

  • 31% are uninsured

  • 83% come from households with incomes that fall below the Federal Poverty Line

Did You Know?

More than 1.8 million Illinois residents do not have adequate health care coverage — and 1.3 million uninsured or underinsured individuals live in the Chicago metro area. Erie Family Health Center provides high quality medical, behavioral and dental services for approximately 30,000 uninsured and underinsured Chicagoans each year.

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