Episcopal Health Foundation launches $10M initiative to improve community health – Houston Business Journal


In an effort to address underlying community conditions — such as safety, lack of affordable healthy food and substandard housing — that affect health, Houston’s Episcopal Health Foundation has announced a new initiative.

The foundation announced that it will invest $10 million over four years in 13 clinics in greater Houston and greater Austin as well as Texas cities Waco and Tyler, according to a Feb. 1 press release. The program is called the Texas Community Centered Health Homes, or CCHH, Initiative.

For a list of the clinics, their grant amount and their focus, go to the bottom of the story.

"Medical care alone isn’t enough to keep many Texans healthy," Lexi Nolen, who is EHF’s vice president for impact and is overseeing the CCHH project, said in the release. "When patients keep coming back with recurring health problems, community clinics are left asking the same frustrating question: ‘What good does it do to treat people if we keep sending them back to the conditions that make them sick?’ This is a new approach to go beyond patient-only treatments and promote change at the systems and community levels."

Each of the 13 clinics was given a grant ranging from $172,560 to $500,890 to develop and implement its own community-specific program to improve health outcomes, per the release. To make the efforts "community-focused," the clinics will partner with local organizations, government agencies, schools and businesses.

"By complementing health care delivery with community action, CCHH clinics focus more on prevention and addressing the community conditions that are often the root causes of poor health outcomes," Nolen said in the release. "The goal is less illness and injury, reduced demand for medical treatment and more opportunity for more Texans to achieve their highest level of health."

The CCHH model was first developed by the Oakland, California-based Prevention Institute in 2011, per the release and Prevention Institute’s website. The model is used in California, Louisiana, North Carolina and other states.

According to EHF’s 2016 Form 990, the foundation had nearly $9 million in revenue, which includes contributions, grants and investments. It also distributed $21 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and government entities.

The following nine Houston-area clinics, per the release, received a grant from the EHF as part of the Texas CCHH Initiative:

Lone Star Family Health Center in Conroe: $450,00 for three years to reduce childhood obesity and teen pregnancy.HOPE Clinic in southwest Houston: $448,246 for three years to reduce hypertension and diabetes by combatting obesity.Memorial Hermann – Burbank Middle School Clinic in northwest Houston: $433,295 for three years to reduce chronic disease through improved nutrition and physical activity.Access Health in Richmond: $187,500 for 18 months to reduce diabetes, depression and anxiety among adolescents.Harris Health – Acres Home Health Center in northwest Houston: $187,500 for 18 months to reduce obesity and diabetes through food security and safe opportunities for exercise.Northwest Assistance Ministries – Children’s Clinic in northwest Harris County: $187,500 for 18 months to reduce childhood obesity.Christ Clinic in Katy: $187,051 for 18 months to reduce chronic disease for residents in poverty.El Centro de Corazon in east Houston: $185,213 for 18 months to reduce obesity by creating greater opportunities for healthy eating and active living.Spring Branch Community Health Center in west Houston: $172,560 for 18 months to reduce chronic disease through access to healthy foods and food security.

The four other clinics are outside of Houston:

People’s Community Clinic in Austin: $500,890 for three years to reduce obesity by advancing nutrition and physical activity.Heart of Texas Community Health Center in Waco: $450,000 for three years to reduce obesity and related metabolic disease through improved access to healthy eating and active living. Lone Star Circle of Care in Bastrop: $187,500 for 18 months to prevent the negative impact of adverse childhood experiences on children and families.St. Paul Children’s Foundation in Tyler: $163,500 for 18 months to reduce obesity through food security, healthy eating and physical activity.

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