A recent Innovation of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Care Innovations Exchange features an Illinois clinic offering integrated care to its clients. This Chicago clinic is provided by Project Brotherhood, a program launched by the Cook County Health and Hospitals System in 1998 that became a nonprofit organization in 2013, and primarily aims to serve local African American communities. The clinic, held at the Woodlawn Health Center, focuses on increasing access to health services among African American men in the local community. Many of these men in focus groups cited that a “lack of insurance, distrust of the system, concern about racism from medical providers, and inconvenient clinic hours” kept them from using preventive and primary care. These factors have contributed to many health disparities for African American men, such as shorter life expectancies and a greater likelihood of death from preventable/detectable conditions. To combat these factors, the clinic has emphasized convenient, culturally relevant, and free services set in an inviting environment and reaching out to the community. For example, “staff dress casually, typically in jeans and shirts with Project Brotherhood's logo.” In addition to traditional primary care and chronic disease management, the clinic has a social worker who provides one-on-one behavioral health counseling. Support groups and educational programs are also offered through the clinic.
Access this featured Innovation here: Free Weekly Clinic for Low-Income, African-American Men Enhances Access to Culturally Appropriate Primary Care, Counseling, and Support Group Services