The Episcopal Health Foundation in Houston, Texas, has announced grants totaling $10 million to community-based clinics across the state.
Part of a five-year initiative to make health care in the state more accessible and equitable while also improving community health, the grants will support efforts to provide a wider range of health services and identify and address the underlying causes of poor health. The grants include $1 million to the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in support of its efforts to change clinics' internal practices and improve access to effective contraceptive services for low-income women in Harris County; $892,217 to CommUnity Care in Austin to expand a team-based model that includes community health workers, pharmacists, dieticians, and physicians; and $400,000 to the Stephen F. Austin Community Health Network to develop a fully integrated primary care and behavioral health system at multiple clinics in Brazoria and Galveston counties.
EHF also awarded grants to twenty clinics to strengthen their comprehensive service provision, and to eight organizations working to expand access to health insurance coverage for eligible Texans, including minority populations, low-income families, and the homeless.
"If all the health system offers is more medical procedures, then it isn't addressing the majority of factors that determine health," said EHF president and CEO Elena Marks. "Clinics are key change agents to move health resources toward community prevention. This investment is helping clinics put some of those plans in motion."