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Community Clinics Funders’ Collaborative

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The Community Clinics Funders’ Collaborative (CCFC), an initiative of the Harris County Healthcare Alliance (HCHA), facilitates funding to HCHA-member Federally Qualified Health Centers and charity clinics to increase and strengthen the safety net clinics and reduce inappropriate use of Emergency Departments (EDs).

The Community Clinics Funders’ Collaborative began in 2010 as a three-year, $10 million campaign aimed at increasing safety net clinics’ capacities to meet the demand for services and strengthening the sustainability of the clinics in Houston and Harris County. Modeled after a Zip Code Assistance Ministries project that helped strengthen numerous local assistance ministries in 2004, the Funders’ Collaborative leverages significant pooled funding from organizations that have long supported area community healthcare clinics. Founding members include Houston Endowment, Rockwell Fund, Cullen Trust for Health Care and St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities. Additional funding collaborators are Fondren Foundation, Simmons Foundation, Community Health Choice, CNG Houston Foundation, Baxter Trust, Ray C. Fish Foundation, George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation, and the John S. Dunn Foundation.

The CCFC has helped more than 15 community-based health clinics who are focused on improving access to primary medical, behavioral and dental care for the one million uninsured and/or medically underserved residents of Harris County by providing funding to extend hours, add programs, integrate services and streamline operations. See a full list of CCFC-funded projects.

Clinic-based initiatives are expected to incorporate a collaborative, multiple clinic approach, be financially self-sustaining at the end of the funding period and improve performance on at least one of the following clinic performance measures:  physician productivity; unduplicated Medicaid/CHIP users as percentage of total users; percent of income from patient services; medical cost per medical encounter; and overhead as a percent of total cost. Two grant cycles a year accept grant proposals to be considered for project funding.

At a system level, one of CCFC’s major goals is to promote and support greater access to peer networking and sharing of best practices across clinics, board members and funders through regular working meetings and events. This, in turn, acts to support increased effectiveness of patient care and a healthier community.

 


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