SPRINGFIELD (WGEM) – The Illinois Public Health Association and Illinois Primary Health Care Association helped train 650 people to be health care workers in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. These pandemic health navigators served people in 92 counties, but some were worried their work would come to an end without funding.

The Illinois Department of Public Health provided the pandemic health navigator program with $10 million Thursday to help the community health workers stay in their roles in 27 counties. This announcement came the same day the program was originally set to end.

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