But a conference in Bloomington is working to fix that.
It's called "Bridges out of Poverty" and it's challenging workers in health care, human services, and law enforcement to change their attitudes towards at risk individuals.
McLean County Health Department Spokeswoman Kera Simon says people who identify with clients on a personal level are more likely to help them get results.
By building relationship, people are more motivated to find success.
"Unintentional prejudices we need to cast aside," said Simon. "Look through a different lens in order to work toward improving the health outcome of individuals in McLean County," said Simon.
The workshop held at the Chateau Hotel is sponsored by the McLean County Health Department.
More than 300 people attended.