Community Health & Wellness Partners, an independent, non-profit health center that provides primary care and other wellness services to the residents of Logan and surrounding counties, recently announced it will be opening a new community health center at 605 Miami St. in Urbana.
The new CHWP health center is part of a $2 million renovation of the former Q3 Johnson Manufacturing Company, Inc. building and will occupy the ground floor of the historic building.
CHWP has community health centers in Bellefontaine, Indian Lake and West Liberty; two school-based health care centers in West Liberty-Salem and Benjamin Logan school districts and a mobile primary care unit.
The new Urbana Community Health Center is the first CHWP community-based health center to be located outside of Logan County.
“Community Health & Wellness Partners has a longstanding relationship with Champaign County,” said Tara Bair, CHWP president and CEO, “and in particular, its court system which has referred individuals to our centers as part of a Substance Use Treatment program.”
Bair said the problem was the nearest CHWP location was nearly a half-hour drive from Urbana.
“It was clear that Urbana needed a community health center, not only for recovery patients, but also to eliminate barriers to primary care and other health services for all residents.”
Rich Ebert, economic development director for Champaign Economic Partnership (CEP), Champaign County’s economic development agency, said that Urbana and Champaign County are excited to welcome CHWP.
“Their excitement and enthusiasm for what they do brings a multitude of benefits to the western Urbana Miami Street corridor, and really to all of Champaign County,” Ebert said.
“We look forward to having Community Health & Wellness Partners here providing services where there are current gaps in coverage. We have worked for a long time to bring them here, and we look forward to having them as a long-lasting wellness partner in Champaign County.”
CHWP provides general primary care, preventative care and wellness visits, chronic care management, nutrition, substance use treatment, integrated behavioral health and pharmacy care, all centered around the patient’s primary healthcare needs.
Bair said CHWP is a “different kind” of health care system.
“Our integrated approach puts the patient’s primary care in the center and surrounds them with the individual services they need, regardless of a patient’s economic status, insurance coverage or ability to pay.”