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About Us

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HDA is a social innovator that promotes health and economic security for vulnerable populations so that they can lead secure, dignified lives. HDA works with, but is not limited to, the following: low income families and individuals, children, youth, older adults, adults with disabilities, and Veterans and service members.

The HDA Mission


with individuals and organizations, service providers, community-based organizations, the private sector, the military, and state and federal agencies to create better connections to health and economic security.


for vulnerable populations and identify systemic barriers to self-sufficiency, employment, and access to health care, and promote policy solutions to eliminate those barriers. 


federal and state safety net programs.


technical assistance and training to expand health care eligibility, access and coverage, to improve employment outcomes, and to develop inclusive workforce policies.


with others in high-impact advocacy to improve systems and programs.


on programs that address unmet needs, and transition programs outside the organization for the purpose of long-term sustainability.

Current Initiatives




For so many, transition is a challenge. Illinois Warrior to Warrior (W2W) recruits and trains volunteer veterans from all branches of the service to help current and former service members and their families.

Think Beyond the Label works with businesses to diversify their workforce, strengthen their brand, and maintain a team that reflects a global customer base. We have a successful track record for helping businesses – large and small – successfully recruit, hire and retain qualified job seekers with disabilities, providing important tools to help federal contractors meet new compliance requirements.

Illinois Health Matters provides Illinois-specific insight into the ins and outs of health reform. IHM connects people with resources and information to break down barriers to effective policymaking, accurate information reporting and sharing, informed consumer and community decision making, and productive healthcare provision.



    Families of the Fallen


The MMW Coalition is committed to maximizing the number of people with Medicare who are successfully enrolled in programs that provide them affordable access to the healthcare and prescription drugs they need. MMW does this through providing training and technical assistance, valuable resources, and opportunities for advocacy for the healthcare needs of older adults and people with disabilities.

Illinois Connections for Families of the Fallen links families of Fallen Service Members to services, resources, and peers to help families find their new normal. By recognizing that everyone grieves differently and that each person’s struggle to find strength is unique, ICFF supports families by facilitating access to resources to address issues and needs from many different perspectives and walks of life.

HDA provides technical assistance state governments and administrative agencies to identify policies that create barriers to self-sufficiency. Our in-house experts provide policy solutions based on best practices, research, and understanding of how government action impacts individuals. 




The Small Business Health Collaborative, comprised of the Small Business Majority and the Campaign for Better Healthcare, HDA works to empower insurance brokers, and small businesses and their employees to increase healthcare access for low-income workers. 

Health & Disability Advocates is widely regarded for state and national expertise on a wide range of public benefits programs. HDA trainings, presentations and materials are designed to teach providers, case managers, social workers, lawyers, and others how to navigate public benefits and systems so they can better serve clients and patients. Visit the HDA Training Center.