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HHS Encourages Access to Care by Helping New Clinics Open Doors
Congratulations are in order for four HCHA members who received New Access Point (NAP) Awards in 2013 as announced by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The four community health clinics—Busy Bee Wellness Center, Spring Branch Community Health Center, Houston Area Community Services (HACS), and Central Care Community Health Center—have been awarded funding totaling $3,020,834, which will be renewed in 2014 in support of new health care delivery sites for areas where patients are under-served and uninsured.
The new clinics are strategically located to reach populations with limited transportation or other obstacles to receiving healthcare, such as language or socio-economic barriers. Following an initial round of awards announced on September 13, another round was announced November 7 to include the following HCHA-member clinics:
Young people at our FIRST FRIDAY Panel Discussion, held November 1st, had a great deal of insight—and hope—to offer.
Responses offered by four young people at our First Friday panel discussion gave great hope for the future of healthcare. The event, held November 1, featured three members of the Texas Children's Hospital's Advisory Board—Anna, AJ, and Zachary—and a fourth panelist, Caitlyn, a finalist in the Rising Star Award competition, who shared about her experience as a youth ambassador for Healthy Living Matters. It was moderated by Jamie Snow, Assistant Director of Child Life and Social Work at Texas Children's Hospital.
The youngsters offered open, honest and understanding responses. When asked how they prefer to be treated, AJ answered, "Kids are smarter than you think. We know our own bodies. Especially (those of us) with chronic and long-term illnesses. We worry about some of the same things adults do, like how much health care is costing our parents.”
View the Upcoming Events List & Document Sharing Center for the Policy Commmittee of Harris County Healthcare Alliance and One Voice Texas.
The following information supports our commitment to increase legislation and policy, community health and awareness, safety-net capacity building, and facilitating access to care. Please check back often for updates!
December 20, Friday
Policy Committee of Harris County Healthcare Alliance/One Voice Texas Monthly Meeting
United Way, 50 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77007
9 am - 10:30 am