Pandemic Health Navigator Program


The IPHA-IPHCA COVID-19 Pandemic Health Navigator Program will create a model that integrates community health centers, community-based organizations, and our public health partners to coordinate resources for our most vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19.

This model will create a well-trained, expanded workforce of pandemic health navigators and community partners that will assist the state of Illinois in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, and future pandemics, with a coordinated response.

Four Major Objectives of the PHNP

  1. Address unmet community needs in coordination with local, regional, state partners
  2. Provide COVID-19 education and outreach to communities and impacted populations
  3. Ease the navigation of care resource coordination for regional COVID-impacted residents
  4. Assist with contact tracing support to the Illinois Contact Tracing Collaborative, as requested by LHDs



Regions (Counties) Awarded

  • Region 2: Bureau, Fulton, Henderson, Henry, Knox, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Woodford, Kendall, Grundy
  • Region 3: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Greene, Hancock, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott
  • Region 4: Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington
  • Region 5: Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, Williamson
  • Region 6: Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby, Vermilion
  • Region 7: Kankakee, Will
  • Region 8: DuPage, Kane
  • Region 9: Lake, McHenry



  • Racial and ethnic minorities
  • Foreign-born individuals or people with limited English proficiency
  • Undocumented immigrants
  • People living close or below the federal poverty line
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Older adults with limited income
  • Disconnected youth and LGBTQ+ populations
  • People living in rural areas
  • People with disabilities



Link to Press Release