Although we are saddened that we will not be able to gather together for the Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC) Annual Awards Dinner this year to celebrate our 43rd Anniversary, we are grateful for your support, and the support of local businesses and organizations that are represented here in our 2020 Adbook.
For the last 43 years, CCHCC has been in the forefront of working to improve our community’s health, improving access to care, dealing with emerging issues in health care, fighting for justice, and making concrete improvements in people’s lives. And we could not have done it without you!
Although we cannot gather for our annual celebration, CCHCC staff are still working very hard every day to serve our community during the coronavirus pandemic. We have had an increase in the number of clients we are serving as a result of community members losing employment and income, and needing extra resources during our state’s Shelter-in-Place order. And, clients turning to us are also in greater distress and have more complicated situations and require greater support from CCHCC’s staff – our Community Health Workers. More community members are turning to us for help in accessing public benefits for the first time in their lives, unaccustomed to navigating the public benefits systems.
Fortunately, CCHCC is a dedicated, dynamic, and nimble organization with highly skilled and experienced staff.
In our community organizing efforts, we have continued the fight to protect Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) against the unrelenting efforts to cut and repeal these programs. We have also advocated for state and federal legislation, including for lower prescription drug prices; and we have also advanced our “David and Goliath” environmental justice struggle – the 5th & Hill Neighborhood Rights Campaign (now in its 12th year!). These efforts and struggles are not over and require our intense dedication and involvement.
This year has also seen unprecedented collaboration among many community organizations, agencies, local government, and health care providers, to improve our community’s health. This year’s award recipients symbolize exactly the kind of action, collaboration, commitment, and leadership that it takes to make our community a healthy community for all. CCHCC is so proud to know and work with these wonderful individuals!
Please read through the Adbook, and be sure to patronize the businesses and organizations that have taken ads and thank them for supporting CCHCC.
Thank you for 43 years of support! And thank you for your ongoing involvement and support as we continue our work for justice, and the work to improve our community’s health – it takes all of us to build a healthy community!