EAST ST. LOUIS – State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Swansea) is congratulating the East St. Louis Health Transformation Partnership for receiving funding to create community-based programs to reduce health disparities and expand access to quality, affordable health care in the region.

“East St. Louis is the most distressed community in the state,” said Belt, who voted to fund the program. “This funding will ensure that the most vulnerable populations have access to quality and affordable health care.”

The Healthcare Transformation Collaboratives’ goal is to reorient health care in Illinois to reduce inequities, improve health outcomes, address social determinants of health and assist underserved communities with access to quality health care. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services will administer a total of $94.3 million in funding to equity-focused health care collaboratives across Illinois.

East St. Louis Health Transformation Partnership, spearheaded by Touchette Regional Hospital, is one of eight awardees for the first round of funding. The funding will be used to realign the health delivery system and improve the quality of life for those living in the East. St. Louis Metro Area. The participating entities include SIHF Healthcare, SIU School of Medicine, Hoyleton Youth and Family Services, Centene, Memorial Medical Group, ConferMed Weitzman Institute, Washington University, Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center and Zade, Inc.

This project will address the issues of unmet health needs, social barriers, lack of connectivity between organizations, years of disinvestment, limited jobs and inequities in the workforce. These efforts will make the necessary transformations over the next five years to advance the health and well-being of the residents in the Metro East. Major projects include a new health care campus near major highways and transportation hubs, development of an urgent care center and a community health hub in midtown East St. Louis, deployment of community health workers, a new workforce development and job training center in Venice and improvements to public housing throughout the area.

“I’m proud to see funding being spent on communities that have been in desperate need of access to health care for far too long,” Belt said. “We will continue to break down the inequalities present in our health care system and work towards quality health care for all.”

More information is available on the Healthcare Transformation Collaboratives website.

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Small business EAST ST. LOUIS – To promote resources available to small businesses and hear from local owners and entrepreneurs, State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Swansea) is accepting applications to tour shops, restaurants and other establishments in the 57th Senate District.

“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses have faced unimaginable challenges,” Belt said. “I want to tour local businesses to show support, empower owners, and hear their stories. It takes the work of all of us to help keep their doors open.”

Belt hopes to tour restaurants, retail shops and businesses that provide personal services. All tours will be in compliance with the state’s public health guidelines and restrictions.

Applications are open, and interested business owners can find the application here. The program will start in the coming weeks and Belt requests that businesses submit their applications soon. Once an application is received, a member of Belt’s team will respond with additional details.

Those with questions can contact Belt’s office at 618-875-1212 or visit SenatorBelt.com.

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Illinois Back On Track

EAST ST. LOUIS – Moody’s Investor Services has upgraded Illinois’ General Obligation Bonds for the first time in more than 20 years, and State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Swansea) and State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) are praising the General Assembly’s work to get the state to this point.

“This is another example that shows our state is working diligently to restore what has been broken in the past,” Belt said. ”I want to thank our state’s leaders and my colleagues as we have set Illinois on the path to a brighter future.”

Moody’s Investors Services, one of the primary credit rating agencies, recently upgraded Illinois’ General Obligation Bonds a step closer to the top rating. The upgrade shows a stable outlook for Illinois’ economy, meaning state borrowing will cost less, which will in turn save taxpayers money.

The analysis highlighted the Fiscal Year 2022 budget for the upgrade. Moody’s stated the increased pension contribution, repayment of emergency Federal Reserve borrowings, and constrained use of federal aid from the American Rescue Plan Act are to thank for the increased rating.

“A win for Illinois taxpayers, Moody’s upgrade signals our state is making responsible budgetary decisions,” Crowe said. “By enacting balanced budgets and prioritizing fiscal stability over recent years, Illinois is on a path toward financial recovery.”

This is the second positive rating action for Illinois in a week, following an outlook improvement from Fitch.

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FirefightersEast St. Louis – State Senators Christopher Belt (D-Swansea) and Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) are urging local fire departments impacted by the pandemic to apply for relief grants.

“The brave men and women on the first line of defense risk their lives every day and continued to do so during the pandemic,” Belt said. “I’m pleased to see funds being spent on our firefighters who protect our communities.”

A total of $1 million will be available to assist approximately 80 impacted fire departments that operate in diverse communities throughout the state. Under this one-time grant opportunity, eligible Illinois fire departments could receive up to $15,000 in order to make up for lost donation revenues stemming from their inability to host local fundraising events during 2020. These fundraising events pay for necessities like fuel for fire trucks, utilities and insurance.

“This funding supports our first responders who lay their lives on the line every day to keep us safe,” Crowe said. “The smaller fire departments rely on funding for essential materials and these grants will benefit those that were impacted by the pandemic.”

The Office of the State Fire Marshal will collaborate with the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association to create a special committee to review the grant applications utilizing a blind review needs-based analysis.  The OSFM will facilitate and directly oversee the distribution of the grant awards to the recipients. This grant is financed through the Illinois Fire Prevention Fund.

All grant applications must be received by Aug. 13. Grant recipients are expected to receive awards by October.

To learn more about eligibility requirement and apply, people can visit the Office of the State Fire Marshal’s website.

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