Our Priorities


Illinois Partners Policy and Advocacy Agenda


We are leading efforts to fund health and human services, so that all Illinoisans can reach their potential and have access to a sector that is equitable, sustainable, and speaks with a collective voice. 

Our Core Pillars 

Racial Justice and Equity:

Our advocacy must address systemic racism and inequity within state government, within the health and human services w orkforce and delivery systems, and in the communities that our coalition partners serve.
Robust Public Investment: Public Access to Critical Health & Human Services:
Everyone benefits when the health and human services sector is fortified by a foundation of robust public investment and support, and isn’t threatened by fiscal uncertainty. All Illinoisans should have access to the critical health and human services they need to maintain well-being and reach their full potential.

Policy Agenda

Our policy priority is strengthening the health and human service sector through increased public funding, flexibility, and reduced administrative burden.

  • Achieve Robust and Equitable Public Investment.
    State leaders must fund a “health and well-being budget” that reflects the interconnectedness of health and human services and the long-term benefits of ensuring well-being for all Illinoisans. We call for robust funding, progressive revenue solutions, and enhanced distribution of resources to communities most affected by COVID-19 and related unemployment.
  • Increase Efficiency and Flexibility for State Contracts.
    Enhanced flexibility in contracts will improve the equitable distribution of state resources and improve efficiency. Agency administrators and elected officials should change related code and laws as necessary to create more flexibility.
  • Reduce Administrative Burden.
    The state should simplify or eliminate burdensome and redundant administrative and reporting requirements that prevent smaller and less resourced organizations from accessing state funding and waste resources for current contractors.

How We Do It:

  • We collaborate with the Governor’s Office and the State’s health and human services agencies on issues affecting our sector, including:
  • IDHS: Distributing one million KN95 masks to partners across the state;
  • IDPH: Assisting with messaging to build trust in the COVID-19 vaccine and ensure equitable vaccine distribution and participating in the State Health Improvement Plan Committee;
  • Recommending specific improvements for GATA.
  • We continuously monitor and promote legislative action rooted in equity including:
  • The Illinois Health Care and Human Service Reform Act (House Bill 158);
  • Senate Resolution 167/House Resolution 181 which centers racial and economic justice as a tenet of equitable investment in health and human services
  • Promoting increased reimbursement rates and fully funding the minimum wage
  • In collaboration with the Responsible Budget Coalition, we advocate for structural revenue solutions to the Illinois state budget to sustainably fund essential health and human services

Advocacy Agenda

Our advocacy priority is to create a more equitable Illinois through sector-wide collaboration, improved messaging, and grassroots advocacy.

  • Unify Health and Human Services and Facilitate Cross-sector Collaboration.
    Working with other health and human service trade associations and our 800 member coalition, we align thousands of stakeholders to advocate for equitable distribution of resources. We bring the sector together and ensure community-based providers have a seat at the table with key decision-makers.
  • Improve Messaging About Health and Human Services.
    We reinforce the interconnectedness of health and human services and the strength of the sector as a major employer and economic engine. We teach our partners how to implement effective messaging through our reframing trainings.
  • Mobilize our coalition through grassroots advocacy.
    We promote best practices, conduct outreach and research, and equip coalition partners with the tools they need to exercise collective power and amplify their voices. We collaborate with other grassroots movements to promote systemic change, address systemic racism in our sector, and find structural revenue solutions.

How We Do It:

  • We lead a collaboration of 20 health and human service associations and coalitions to advocate for equity in funding decisions that impact our sector,

  • We conduct educational events and research projects including:

  • Virtual statewide and local workshops to activate our coalition partners as advocates for robust health and human services funding administrative efficiency, and other policy priorities;

  • Research addressing systemic inequities within the health and human service sector, utilizing an intersectional approach to data collection.

State of Illinois Budget

We closely monitor the State of Illinois budget and other General Assembly action, partner with leading policy experts and trade associations to provide human service organizations with real time information and in-depth analysis, and communicate the budget’s impact to the sector.

The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) website includes interactive budget information and budget books.

For the State’s payment backlog tracker,  special fiscal reports as well as a vendor portal including human services organizations, see the Illinois Comptroller website. The Civic Federation provides information and reports about the state budget and Medicaid.

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Human services matter to ALL of us.

Our sector ensures that we have the essential elements to build and maintain our physical, emotional, and economic well-being at every phase of life.