Chronic Disease Care Program (CDCP)

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With generous support from the General Electric (GE) Foundation, Americares is excited to announce the launch of its Chronic Disease Care Program (CDCP), designed to build capacity in free and charitable clinics to address chronic disease prevention and management in the patients they serve. 

The ECHO Initiative: A Hypertension Program for Illinois Free and Charitable Clinics

Americares, the Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics and ECHO-Chicago are pleased to announce the 5 clinics that have been selected to participate in the ECHO Initiative: A Hypertension Program for Free and Charitable Clinics in Illinois:

  • CommunityHealth (Chicago, IL)
  • Community Health Care Clinic (Normal, IL)
  • Family Health Partnership Clinic (Crystal Lake, IL)
  • Tri City Health Partnership (St. Charles, IL)
  • Will-Grundy Medical Clinic (Joliet, IL)

The participating clinics will receive grant awards of $10,000 per clinic and will participate in a multi-site collaborative and research study. The goal of this initiative is to build capacity in free and charitable clinics through the implementation of the ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) model, to improve quality of care and health outcomes for patients with uncontrolled and resistant hypertension, to enhance the treatment and management of hypertension, and to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of implementing the ECHO model in FCCs.

Materials and Resources:

  • Recorded Webinar! Access the introductory webinar that was presented on the ECHO Initiative
  • ECHO Initiative Highlights and Benefits to Participation 
  • Timeline of Implementation Activities
  • ACH Form for Grantees


Transforming Prediabetes Care Initiative: A National Demonstration for Free and Charitable Clinics

Prediabetes is a preventable health condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Estimates show that 86 million people in the United States have prediabetes, but less than ten percent are aware of their condition. The goal of this initiative is to increase the identification of prediabetes among free clinic patients and improve health-related outcomes by implementing and offering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).

Five clinics (listed below) are participating in the Prediabetes Initiative; clinics have received training and are being provided with ongoing technical assistance and coaching support. The Transforming Prediabetes Care Initiative at Americares is being implemented with the support of the American Medical Association (AMA). This activity is aligned with the AMA’s strategic focus on improving health outcomes, which aims to reduce the incidence of prediabetes in U.S. patients.

  • Center for Healthy Hearts (VA)
  • Grace Medical Home (FL)
  • Greenville Free Medical Clinic (SC)
  • Social Welfare Board (MO) 
  • St. Mary's Health Wagon (VA) 

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