About FFH: Friends for Health was created to help fill gaps in our community’s existing medical network. Our founders partnered with the Lake County Health Department to meet the needs of the uninsured and under-insured in southeast Lake County. This collaboration resulted in the building of the North Shore Health Center in Highland Park, making its services readily accessible to all.
Friends for Health serves the health center, its staff and its patients by supporting quality patient care and education through private donations and volunteerism. We believe that when someone is healed physically, it opens wide the door for positive life changes. With your support, we lead the initiative in providing competent and compassionate care that improves lives.
People we serve
Over 36% of our patients live below the poverty line. Your friends or neighbors, your children’s classmates, your favorite employee at a local store – a total of 14,128 clients and almost 158,000 visits since 2006 – benefited from numerous programs, including:
Vital and preventative medical services
Essential dental care
Individualized treatment and medication assistance
FFH is the only local collaboration between public and private health care funding. We harness the resources of the North Shore Health Center to maximize the impact of private donations, providing improved care to those who can least afford it.
The Lake County Health Department’s North Shore Health Center opened in 2006 after an assessment identified a substantial unmet need for primary care healthcare services in southeast Lake County. Local residents played a key role in it’s establishment and continue to play an important role in helping to address health-related needs.