W E S T Press Release 2 Final Version

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W E S T Press Release 2 Final Version

  1. 1. Grant Relieves Health Care Gap 1 FROM : West Englewood Support and Training [W.E.S.T] Non-Profit Organization 6606 South Albany St., Chicago, IL. 60629 CONTACT: Jeffery Massey, Sr., Executive Director (Phone: 773-476-9049) For immediate release 6/17/2009 West Englewood Support and Training Awarded Multi-Year Grant to Relieve Gap in Parkinson Patients’ Access to Care President Obama’s initiatives to reform America’s health care system has received a local ally as the West Englewood Support and Training (WEST) nonprofit group announced reception of $90, 000 in grant funds. The award, issued today by the city to address Chicago’s inner city health care access disparity, allows the group to execute its mission providing medical and social support networks for Englewood’s disabled, Parkinson- stricken residents. WEST is located at 66th and Albany in Chicago. WEST, a nonprofit upstart founded by Executive Director Jeffery Massey, Sr. in 2008, will receive the funding over a 3-year period. Also, it will provide facilitation for a unique consortium of local health care and social service institutions, including both the University of Chicago and University of Illinois Medical School’s public policy research branches. The collaboration will address and share common mission goals to provide disenfranchised inner-city citizens directly or indirectly suffering from the ravaging impact of little or no access to quality treatment and research options for debilitating neurological conditions. These conditions, particularly Parkinson Syndrome, include Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease and Traumatic Brain Injury. With massive cuts in nonprofit funding across the country, one state proposed to slash hundred’s of million dollars from programs. The programs provided services like adult day care for Alzheimer’s patients and affected local and state governments ability to cope. Hence, caring for the disabled populations will fall more heavily upon new and diverse methods employed by neighborhood nonprofit organizations. Executive Director Massey implored at a recent Spertus College presentation that “Congress and state legislatures, as well as professional medical associations like the American Medical Association…address the issue [of disparity] in financial terms loosely connected to social woes of the urban disadvantaged.” Massey’s brother Bill, a Parkinson patient he gives care for over 15 years, decried that “if we don’t help take care of ourselves here in the community, then who will?” -more-
  2. 2. Grant Relieves Health Care Gap 2 WEST’s programs, including its health care information service and the direct-care and advocacy referral programs, will serve as a prototype research facilitation function informing the health care consortium’s policy consults for Chicago’s future public health strategies. Local funding in the form of grants has come from the city’s department of rehabilitative services, who disseminated a federal block grant received via the U.S. Health and Human Services Minority Health Disparity Initiative. For further information contact the executive director or WEST staff at 6606 S. Albany St., Chicago, IL. 60629 or by phone at 773-476-9049. -30-

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