Family Health Partnership and What it Means to You

Serving McHenry County, Illinois since 1996

Our Mission

The Family Health Partnership Clinic will improve the health status of the community and reduce the negative impact of poor access to care by providing a broad spectrum of services to the underserved with compassion and respect. We recognize that as a community, we are responsible for each other.

Our Vision

Over the next ten years, the Family Health Partnership Clinic will assure that the residents of the McHenry County area will enjoy the benefit of full access to high quality health care, regardless of the ability to pay. The Clinic operates on a sliding fee scale, although no patient is turned away due to inability to pay. At registration, patients will be asked to provide some proof of income. NOTE: Because all of the doctors and some of the nurses volunteer their time, hours when patients can be seen is limited. Appointments are necessary. Call the Clinic main phone number at 770.220.9300 to schedule an appointment.

Putting it in Perspective

The problems of the uninsured have only grown in the last few years.  When the Clinic began in April 1996, the University of Illinois School of Medicine indicated that there were an estimated 15,000 uninsured in the county.  The most recent census figures (2010) and the Heartland Alliance indicate that there are conservatively at least 34,500 uninsured in the county.  The vast majority of patients we see are working at least part time, but are unable to get coverage because their company doesn’t offer it or because they have pre-existing conditions.  UPDATE:  Even with the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act there are still as estimated 20,000 people in McHenry County who are uninsured and underinsured. Our clinic is often the only place they can go.  To join a group of people and organizations that make all this possible, go to “Volunteering

Who We Serve

These is one of many patient stories we have from Family Health Partnership Clinic.  We could not help Susan if it were not for our donors, supporters, volunteers and friends of the clinic.  We greatly appreciate our partnership with each and every one of you.

Meet Diane.

User comments

“In November 2015, I noticed a large lump in my breast which I was very concerned about. But I had to hold off on going to a doctor because I worked a semi-seasonal job and was uninsured.  I could not afford treatment, so I monitored my lump for many months, and was initially relieved to notice that it was decreasing in size.  However, in April of 2016 I began to experience significant pain in what remained of my lump.  I was even more freaked about my health at that point!

I had to have it examined and saw Dr. Riggs in McHenry. She told me about the clinic .

She personally put me on her patient list at the clinic.   When I met Dr. Riggs there, I was happy to see how much time she took to just talk with me, and reassure me.   I needed to have several screenings and exams done, especially since I had not had a mammogram in over 15 years.  Dr. Riggs was very nice and helpful – I told her she was my new best friend!

She and the Gavers Cancer Center referred me to the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP).   Dr. Riggs ordered an ultrasound through the Gavers Cancer Center and IBCCP approved it. I had not only an ultrasound, but also a mammogram, and when my tests came back with good results, I was so relieved.  In December of 2016, I had a pelvic exam by Dr. Riggs at the clinic.  I made a 6 month follow-up appointment and will be at the Clinic in the near future.   I feel it is the generosity of the people volunteering their time inside the clinic, and bringing that generosity outside your doors, that brought me there.

I am 55 years old and more medical conditions are going to start happening. Through my journey, I experienced wonderful care everywhere I went, and at the Clinic everyone was terrific to deal with!  I am a healthy individual that is very grateful to have a community of people to help me stay that way.   I would like your supporters to see how the clinic not only helps those that are sick, but also those of us that are grateful to have a sense of relief knowing we have a place to go for help if needed.  And it is the help offered that keeps me coming back.

—Diane S., McCullom Lake