COVID-19 Statement from DuPage Health Coalition

COVID-19 Statement from DuPage Health Coalition

Dear Friends,

We wanted to update you on changes to the way the DuPage Health Coalition is doing business during our current public health crisis. First, our hearts and thoughts go out to all of those affected by COVID-19. This is a trying time for the patients and families who face illness and uncertainty.

We would also like to take a moment to thank our exceptional volunteer providers, who make our programs possible. We know that all health care workers are on the front lines right now and we hold them in our thoughts. Our gratitude for their work is limitless, and we stand firm in our support of them.

At DuPage Health Coalition, our important work coordinating access to healthcare continues. We have committed staff members who are still working full schedules and offering expert care coordination. Much of our work happens by phone, email, and web, continuing uninterrupted. Our team has transitioned to work remotely for a period, but we have technology in place to support patients and partners effectively and in real time. Where changes in enrollment processes or partner access recommend changes to how we conduct business, we have plans in place to continue to adapt and to ensure patients can continue to access care.

To reduce the likelihood of infection transmission, DHC programs will temporarily halt all orientations and in-person educational programs, resuming those services as soon as we are able. We anticipate that individual patients and the offices that serve them will choose how to manage standing appointments during this outbreak. As is our policy, we continue to stress to patients the need to provide at least 24-hour notice if they need to change medical appointments. We are also relaying critical health guidance about COVID-19 to our patients as communicated by the CDC, DuPage County Health Department and other leading sources.

Thank you for being invested in our mission. If you have any questions about programs or operations during this time, please contact me at

Stay healthy and safe,
Kara Murphy

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DHC raising money for diabetes education on Giving Tuesday

DHC raising money for diabetes education on Giving Tuesday

Charito Bularzik, left, an education coordinator at DuPage Health Coalition, congratulates participants of the “Take Charge of Your Diabetes” class on earning their certificates of completion.

Written by Sonja Altmayer

Local nonprofit DuPage Health Coalition is holding free diabetes education workshops. Diabetes education workshops are not rare but ones that so effectively motivate their members to come to class are.

“Take Charge of Your Diabetes,” developed by Stanford University, is a six-week evidence-based workshop that helps people with Type 2 diabetes regain control of their lives.

Available to Access DuPage members with diabetes — as well as their family members — participants learn a variety of self-management tools such as healthy eating, stress management, exercise, blood sugar monitoring, medication management, and health literacy.

Diabetes is an expensive disease, especially when it goes untreated. By teaching people how to manage this chronic disease, “Take Charge of Your Diabetes,” can help reduce future health care costs. This program has resulted in improved health outcomes, higher quality of life, and reduced disease complications for many people.

Co-taught in Spanish by Charito Bularzik, an education coordinator at DuPage Health Coalition, and two DuPage County Health Department employees — Edgar Cantu, mental health therapist/counselor, and Stephanie Calvillo, health promotion specialist — “Tomando Control de Su Diabetes” is culturally relevant by reaching a linguistically isolated group.

Many other health classes are provided only in English, creating barriers to health literacy — an important part of understanding how to manage chronic health conditions.

Participants meet one night a week for six weeks, many coming straight from work. Every session, members create an action plan for the next week. Some people choose to focus on healthy eating, some on exercise, some on checking their blood sugar levels.

Participants spend the first 20 minutes sharing their progress on their action plans from the last session with their classmates. If they had success, the group celebrates.

If they had challenges, the group brainstorms ways to overcome these in the future. One of the more unexpected results of this class is the formation of friendships.

Last year, people started carpooling to class together, checking up with one another about how they were doing, and sharing new ways to address their health conditions with each other outside the classroom.

“Take Charge of Your Diabetes” participants have added financial challenges, often arriving in class with a previous history of taking lower doses of prescribed medications or even going without. Many participants are working to make ends meet for their families, and taking 2.5 hours out of their week can be a challenge. Recognizing the dedication it takes to be part of this class, members are given a gift card at the end of the 6-week class along with a certificate of completion.

This gift card to Walgreens or CVS equips participants to take what they learned in “Take Charge of Your Diabetes” outside of the classroom and regain control of their lives by purchasing necessary diabetic supplies.

Copays for supplies like metformin, blood sugar test strips, syringes, and insulin can get expensive- even in a program like Access DuPage. By empowering participants with the expertise to prevent further complications down the road, as well as some extra money to purchase necessary diabetic supplies, DuPage Health Coalition is eliminating some of the struggles that people with diabetes find themselves in.

“Take Charge of Your Diabetes” is the focus of DuPage Health Coalition’s #GivingTuesday #GivingHealth campaign this year. Giving Tuesday is on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, this year falling on Dec. 3. It’s a response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday — rather than a day of consumption, it’s a day to give back to causes and communities that people believe in.

DuPage Health Coalition is celebrating this #GivingTuesday by asking the community to help raise $3,000 — enough to provide essential diabetes supplies to all the “Take Charge of Your Diabetes” participants for the next calendar year.

For information on how to donate, visit or contact Karen Doyle, Director of Development & Communications, at For more information about “Take Charge of Your Diabetes,” contact Charito Bularzik at

DHC earns 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

DHC earns 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator logo with 4 stars on blue background

Written by Sonja Altmayer

Read the article on the Daily Herald here.

DuPage Health Coalition’s strong financial health and commitment to transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

Charity Navigator awarded DHC a 95.5% overall rating, significantly higher than most peer organizations in its category. This score was bolstered by a best in class financial rating of 100%, and a 93.3 % rating for excellent accountability and transparency with its donors, board members, and clients.

Charity Navigator honors only the most fiscally responsible organizations with a 4-star rating and has been a respected voice in the industry since 2002.

“DuPage Health Coalition’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” stated Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. “This adds DuPage Health Coalition to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support DuPage Health Coalition.”

“Every time a funder or a community member elects to make a donation to support DHC’s mission, they help to create a community where every resident is healthy enough to work and care for their families,” DuPage Health Coalition President Kara Murphy said. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator reflects our careful stewardship of their donation, and our commitment to maximize the impact of their gift to the greatest possible extent.”

More information about the award can be found at

Detailed analysis of the DuPage Health Coalition also can be obtained on the website, following a free registration.

The DuPage Health Coalition is a 501(c)3 health care access nonprofit whose efforts enable low-income families to receive high quality, efficient, and effective health care. Founded in 2001, DuPage Health Coalition has served roughly 60,000 DuPage residents through a host of health programs, including Access DuPage (health care coordination for the uninsured), Silver Access DuPage (ACA Premium Assistance), and DuPage Dispensary of Hope (a free pharmacy offered in partnership with DuPage County).

Through robust partnerships and innovative programming, DHC opens doors to health care, connecting patients to high-quality care. For nearly 20 years, DuPage Health Coalition has achieved its mission through partnerships with every major health system in DuPage County, thousands of volunteer physicians, and leading public health and social service institutions. For information, visit

Charity Navigator is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the financial health and accountability and transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. Visit