Celebrating Over 25 Years of Leadership: Henry Taylor's Impact on Mile Square Health Center

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Dr. Robert Barish, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, and Henry Taylor

On February 21, healthcare leaders from Chicago gathered at The Dalcy in the Fulton Market District to honor Henry Taylor, the visionary behind Mile Square Health Center, marking over 25 years of impactful leadership. The event showcased his recent Community Leadership Award and reflected on his transformative journey.

Mr. Taylor has led Mile Square to national recognition as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and integrated it into the University of Illinois system since 1998. The recent award stands as a testament to his commitment to community health.

“Receiving this award is not just a recognition of my efforts but a testament to the collective dedication of the entire Mile Square team. We have worked tirelessly to make a positive impact on the communities we serve," shared Mr. Taylor.

Under his guidance, Mile Square expanded to 11 community health centers, offering a range of services from primary to behavioral health to dental care. The center's commitment to innovation includes urgent care services, cancer survivorship programs, and substance use treatment, reflecting Mr. Taylor’s dedication and responsiveness to diverse healthcare needs.

Collaborating with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Mile Square actively engages in community-driven research for effective healthcare solutions. Mr. Taylor's impact has earned him accolades such as the Chicago Defender Exemplary Men Award, a Special Congressional Recognition, and the 2023 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Healthcare Leadership.

As Mr. Taylor prepares to retire in August 2024, his legacy leaves Mile Square with a robust foundation. The impact of his leadership will be felt for years, solidifying Mile Square Health Center as a beacon of excellence in community healthcare.