Our Asthma Clinic is where we ensure the quality of asthma care and improve asthma outcomes for children served in our health centers. The focus of this clinic is designed as a standard, coordinated intervention to control asthma in high risk populations. We believe that all children and families need asthma care, and support that is specifically tailored to their needs, abilities, and resources. Our asthma clinic services are available on the first Monday of every month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
At Friend Family Health Center we offer immediate test results to our providers while the patient waits to be seen, providing improved quality of care for our physicians and convenience to our patients. We offer the best technology and tests available to our patients. Our lab is available to patients with a provider’s order and is open on Monday & Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursdays & Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program that provides nutritious foods, and nutrition education. WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk. WIC is effective in improving the health of pregnant women, new mothers, and their infants. The WIC office is located at our Cottage Grove location (800 E. 55th Street, Chicago, IL, 60615) and is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Family Case Management Services
Friend Family Health Center’s Family Case Management services are specific to pregnant women and infants until age one. Our experienced case managers help to track prenatal care, screen for postpartum depression, track immunizations and well-child visits, make home visits as required, assess and make referrals to community resources, and offer their clients transportation assistance and other emergency assistance. Our family case managers are available at all locations during clinic hours and no appointment is necessary.
Friend Family Health Center offers nutrition counseling through our well-trained and experienced Dietician. Our dietician is an expert in food and nutrition. Our services are designed to help promote good health through proper eating. Our nutrition counseling services helps in supervision and preparation of developing modified diets, participate in research, and educate individuals and groups on good nutritional habits. Our Dietician is available by appointment Wednesday-Friday during clinic hours.
Legal Assistance Services
Friend Family Health Center has partnered with the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (CMLPC) to provide our patients with free legal services. These services include, but are not limited to, assistance with public health benefit issues, medical coverage, housing issues, special education issues, and family law assistance such as domestic violence and guardianship issues. Attorneys from CMLPC are available in the clinic by appointment only and with a provider’s referral.
Friend Family Health Center offers social work services, which includes, but are not limited to, a comprehensive assessment of the patient/family, mental health counseling, home health care, durable medical equipment and medically necessary transportation assistance. Our social services department also provides assistance with referrals to various services within their community. We provide medical certificates to assist with utility services to patients with severe chronic medical conditions. Social services are available at our Cottage Grove, Pulaski and Beethoven locations by appointment.
Friend Family Health Center offers care management and coordination services to establish an integrated care approach that encompasses providers, nurses, operations and care management teams to address the concerns of chronic diseases and high risk populations, encourage health promotion through patient education as well as reduce emergency room utilization and unnecessary hospitalization through care coordination. Care coordination includes, but is not limited to, the monitoring of patient care plan compliance and health outcomes, linking patients with community resources and support groups, and providing patient education, support and resources through various methods including telephone, face to face interaction, education, and group mailings. Our care coordination services are available at all sites.
Health Insurance Enrollment
Friend Family Health Center offers free in-person assistance with health insurance enrollment in Medicaid or Marketplace insurance plans made available through the Affordable Care Act. We have friendly Certified Application Counselors that can assist with enrollment by appointment.