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THomas huggett, md, mph

Dr. Huggett earned his Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin; Doctor of Medicine from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine; and Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Working on the West Side of Chicago since 1995 where he also lives, he now serves as Family Physician and Medical Director of Mobile Health at Lawndale Christian Health Center. Dr. Huggett sees patients of all ages in clinic and as part of team serving 12 homeless shelters on the West Side, providing primary care and care to patients living with HIV, serious mental illness, and recovery care to those with opioid use disorder. He has worked as Volunteer Health Adviser for Illinois State Representative La Shawn K. Ford since 2006, working on health policy issues such as expanding HIV screening, increasing the use of food stamps in farmers’ markets, preventing childhood obesity, responding to the heroin/opioid overdose epidemic, and improving pharmacy access. He served on the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Human Services Medicaid Advisory Committee from 2015-2021, with one term as Vice Chair. Since 2016, he has started medications for more than 100 patients with opioid use disorder, most of them experiencing homelessness on the West Side of Chicago. He is a certified Medication Assisted Treatment Independent Waiver Training Instructor, training more than 48 providers. Dr. Huggett was named the 2018 Illinois Family Physician of the Year. In 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Huggett was Medical Director of the Hotel 166 Project, shielding 259 high-risk persons experiencing homelessness in a hotel and assisting in housing efforts. After the hotel project, he helps to lead Lawndale’s Shelter-Based Service Team in infection control and coronavirus vaccination efforts at 22 West Side sites that serve persons experiencing homelessness. The theme of his work is to provide primary health care and to work to advance community-based public health initiatives to improve the health of residents of underserved communities, especially those experiencing homelessness.