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Four Millennial moms open practice at Imani Village

The doors of the new Advocate Outpatient Care Center at Imani Village, 901 E. 95th Street, in Chicago, opened to patients last week and is already expanding access to high-quality health care on the South Side and anchors the soon-to-come, mixed-use residential and commercial village to be constructed near Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood. The new center is now seeing and accepting new patients.

Advocate Medical Group at Imani Village is 11,000 square feet of newly constructed space with 12 exam rooms and space for future expansion to meet the community’s evolving health care needs. Physicians specialize in family medicine for patients of all ages, preventative care, chronic care management and obstetrics and gynecology. Additional specialties and services are available nearby at Advocate Trinity Hospital.

“This is another exciting step in Advocate’s commitment to improving the health of the communities we serve and increasing ease of access to high-quality health care services for our neighbors on the South Side,” says Dr. Vince Bufalino, Chief Advocate Medical Group Officer. “The keys to preventing and managing cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer–which occur at disproportionately high rates in our South Side communities–are patient education and convenient access to primary care. We anticipate the new AMG office at Imani Village becoming an important part of the solution for reducing these rates.”

The opening of Advocate Medical Group at Imani Village marks an important milestone in Trinity United Church of Christ’s bold vision 10 years in the making – to be the first holistic, sustainable, and Green community sponsored by a faith-based entity in the city of Chicago. Once complete, Imani Village will offer housing, a fitness center, a public market, recreational and educational programming and more.

“Imani Village represents a long-term commitment to living out our liberation theology, and the partnership with Advocate Health Care is a manifestation of our focus on community wellness, initially through locally-available, excellent healthcare services, provided by our partner Advocate Health Care. Soon after, we will expand our efforts through holistic solutions, including urban farming, recreational athletic programming and sustainable “green” construction,” says Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, senior pastor, Trinity UCC.

Community residents, church members, musicians, elected officials and health care workers will join four Millennial Moms on a mission to build healthier families, through their new medical practice on the outskirts of the underserved Roseland community.

After becoming new mothers in 2018, four young physicians are coming together to address health disparities on Chicago’s South Side by connecting with other Moms. With backing from Advocate Medical Group, and partnership from Trinity United Church of Christ, these physicians plan to galvanize a medically-underserved community to lead more health-focused lifestyles and bring the vision behind Imani Village to life – to be the first holistic, sustainable, and Green community sponsored by a faith-based entity in the city of Chicago.

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