Black Caucus unveils efforts to end disparities in health care and human services

black healthcare 100820CENTREVILLE, Ill.—The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus will unveil their final pillar, health care and human services, as part of their efforts to develop an agenda to eliminate systemic racism ahead of the upcoming fall legislative session. The press conference will be on Friday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. at Touchette Regional Hospital located at 5900 Bond Avenue, Centreville, IL.

Members from both chambers will discuss their efforts to deliver fair, quality health care and human services to Black communities throughout Illinois.

Health care and human services is the last of four pillars guiding the Black Caucus’ efforts to build an agenda to rid the state’s institutions of racism. The pillars include:

  • Criminal justice reform, violence reduction and police accountability
  • Education and workforce development
  • Economic access, equity and opportunity
  • Health care and human services

Members will then participate in a joint virtual hearing of the Senate Public Health and Human Services committees at 2 p.m. The hearing will focus on social determinants and social influencers of health and health disparities. The Black Caucus has called for a series of hearings for each pillar. Ten hearings have already been held on the first three.

What: Press conference, followed by virtual joint Senate committee hearing

Who: Illinois Legislative Black Caucus

When: Friday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m.

Where: The press conference will be held at Touchette Regional Hospital located at 5900 Bond Avenue, Centreville, IL 62207. It can also be viewed on, a subscription-based service.

Sen. Mattie Hunter

Senator Mattie Hunter

3rd District
Majority Caucus Chair

Years served:
2003 - Present (Senate)

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Energy and Public Utilities; Executive (Chairperson); Human Services; Public Health; Subcommittee on Special Issues (EX) (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Special Issues (HS); Opioid Crisis Abatement Spec. Com.; Transportation (Vice-Chairperson).

Biography: State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago – 3rd District) has served in the Illinois Senate since 2003. She is Chairperson of the Senate Energy Committee and serves on many other committees like Human Services and Public Health. She is also appointed to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures Health Committee and is Co-Chair of the Council of State Government Health Policy Task Force.

Associated Representatives:
Sonya M. Harper
Lamont J. Robinson, Jr.