Bloomington–Normal is considered economically stable and affluent. But did you know that primary health care isn’t available to everyone in our community?
It’s true. In McLean County, 25% of the population is considered poor or low income; 10% of the population does not have health insurance while 22,000 receive Medicaid. More than 1,700 households are headed by single mothers; 32% of these families live in poverty.
Additionally, the federal government estimates that in Bloomington-Normal, 20,115 people lack adequate access to primary care. And access is severely limited west of Main Street—which has the highest concentration of men, women, and children in need.
What if we could offer that? What if we could give people the medical care and support services they need in a way that honored their dignity and confirmed their value?
Well, that would look like hope.