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Strategies to Improve Maternal & Child Health Outcomes by Addressing Health-Related Social Needs

February 6, 2020
Watch the latest webinar in the Texas MCO Social Determinants of Health Learning Collaborative

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Early Childhood Profile and Availability of “Brain-Building” Services in Three Texas Regions

January 22, 2020
Early Childhood Profile and Availability of “Brain-Building” Services in Three Texas Regions
With support from the Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF), Texans Care for Children identified early childhood needs and access to programs that promote early brain development in Central Texas, East Texas, and the Upper Gulf region (EHF’s 57-county service area). We found that in these three regions, access to maternal mental health services is limited; home visiting, Early Head Start and other effective early childhood models exist but only reach a fraction of families that could benefit; and health centers and pediatric practices provide a unique opportunity to incorporate proven brain-building models into routine care for infants and toddlers.

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Behavioral Health in Harris County

January 14, 2020
Behavioral Health in Harris County
The purpose of this study is to get a more expansive understanding of behavioral health services available in Harris County, where behavioral health services are understood to include mental health services, substance use treatment and prevention, and integrated health care. The goal is to identify agencies that provide these services in Harris County and describe the services they offer, the population they serve, and their organizational capacity.

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NEW MAP: What your neighborhood says about your life expectancy in Texas

September 30, 2019
NEW MAP: What your neighborhood says about your life expectancy in Texas
New numbers show there can be more than a 20-year difference in how long Texans live in one neighborhood compared to another, even though they may only be a few miles apart. That’s just one of the findings from an Episcopal Health Foundation analysis of a new, interactive mapping tool that shows life expectancy rates for neighborhoods across Texas.

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New report: Large increase in number of community clinics in Harris County over the past decade leads to three times higher patient volume

April 29, 2019
New report: Large increase in number of community clinics in Harris County over the past decade leads to three times higher patient volume
The number of community clinics in Harris County providing primary care to low-income and uninsured patients has more than doubled in the past 10 years, which in turn has tripled patient volume, but difficulty connecting those patients with specialty care is a significant concern. Those are just a few of the conclusions of a new report that examines 10 years of community health clinic trends based on data and surveys from dozens of clinics across Houston and Harris County. Five Houston-area philanthropic institutions that provide funding for health-related initiatives and projects sponsored the report: The Cullen Trust for Health Care, Episcopal Health Foundation, Houston Endowment, Rockwell Fund and The Simmons Foundation.

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Community Health Resource Centers: A Toolkit

September 18, 2018
Community Health Resource Centers: A Toolkit
The Episcopal Health Foundation commissioned the Center for Community Health Development at the Texas A&M School of Public Health to prepare a case study and a companion toolkit to help communities understand the value of and process for creating Community Health Resource Centers to serve their populations. The case study documents the process through which six Community Health Resource Centers (CHRC) were created in five counties in the Brazos Valley Region of Central Texas.

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Piloting an FQHC payment reform learning collaborative in Texas: Funders perspective

June 26, 2018
Piloting an FQHC payment reform learning collaborative in Texas: Funders perspective
Funders share early lessons learned from an FQHC payment reform learning collaborative. Funders include Episcopal Health Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and St. David's Foundation.

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New report: Preventable poor health outcomes for people of color in Texas creates huge economic burden for state

December 7, 2016
New report: Preventable poor health outcomes for people of color in Texas creates huge economic burden for state
Significant health differences for Blacks and Hispanics in Texas lead to higher health care spending, lost work productivity and a dramatic number of years lost to premature death. That’s just a few of the findings of a new study examining the economic burden associated with health disparities across the state. EHF and Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas sponsored the report.

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Providing Health Care to Those in Need: Community Health Clinics in Harris County 2015

August 1, 2016
Providing Health Care to Those in Need: Community Health Clinics in Harris County 2015
Community clinics in Harris County have greatly expanded their services and ability to be a safety net for uninsured and low-income patients, but clinics have serious concerns about enhancing services to better meet the broader needs of those they serve. That’s just one of the conclusions of a comprehensive report that surveyed dozens of clinics across Houston and Harris County.

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