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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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New Poll: Affording health care tops Texans’ financial concerns; Almost 4 in 10 report problems paying medical bills

July 10, 2018
New Poll: Affording health care tops Texans’ financial concerns; Almost 4 in 10 report problems paying medical bills
Affording health care ranks at the top of Texans’ financial concerns, with more than half (55%) say it is difficult for them and their families to afford health care, including a quarter (25%) who say it is “very difficult,” finds a new Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health Foundation poll of Texas residents.

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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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EHF/KFF Poll: Texans’ Top State Health Priorities Include Lowering Out-of-Pocket Costs and Reducing Maternal Mortality

June 14, 2018
EHF/KFF Poll: Texans’ Top State Health Priorities Include Lowering Out-of-Pocket Costs and Reducing Maternal Mortality
Texans’ top health care priorities for the state revolve around making health care and prescription drugs more affordable, reducing maternal mortality and increasing access to health insurance coverage, finds a new statewide Episcopal Health Foundation/Kaiser Family Foundation survey on Texas health policy issues.

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Accessing and Addressing Social Risk - Piloting PRAPARE in Texas

May 1, 2018
Accessing and Addressing Social Risk - Piloting PRAPARE in Texas
In 2017, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) worked with the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) and the Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) to construct and lead a year-long pilot to test the implementation of the standardized social determinants of health screening protocol known as PRAPARE (Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patients’ Assets, Risks, and Experiences) with three Texas health centers. This report documents successes and lessons learned over the past year. The report is sponsored by the Episcopal Health Foundation and St. David's Foundation.

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New report: Increased spending on public services linked to community health “dividends” in Texas

March 29, 2018
New report: Increased spending on public services linked to community health “dividends” in Texas
Increased public spending on services like public health, fire and ambulance, housing and community development, and libraries would likely lead to improved health outcomes for Texas counties. That’s just one of the findings of a new report sponsored by the Episcopal Health Foundation that examines the health impacts of increased government investment in public health and social services.

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Medical-Legal Partnerships in Texas & Opportunities for Growth

March 5, 2018
Medical-Legal Partnerships in Texas & Opportunities for Growth
Medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) in Texas are gaining momentum. This report provides a brief overview of MLP activity in Texas to explore the potential for MLP development in health centers in the Episcopal Health Foundation's service area.

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New report outlines practical options for Texas communities facing rural hospital closure

May 12, 2017
New report outlines practical options for Texas communities facing rural hospital closure
Texas communities facing a rural hospital closure should not solely concentrate on whether or not to close a hospital, but instead focus on the available health resources in the surrounding area.

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New report outlines growing health crisis facing rural counties in Texas

March 10, 2017
New report outlines growing health crisis facing rural counties in Texas
Changing demographics, rural hospital closures and uncertainly about changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are all taking a damaging toll on the ability of Texas rural populations to access health services. Those are some of the findings of a new report by the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH) examining the current crisis facing rural healthcare across the state. EHF sponsored the report.

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EHF analysis of Social Determinants of Health screening tools

February 1, 2017
EHF analysis of Social Determinants of Health screening tools
Overview of commonly-used SDOH screening tools

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Prior to Implementation: Important considerations of Socal Determinants of Health screening tools

February 1, 2017
Prior to Implementation: Important considerations of Socal Determinants of Health screening tools
There is growing recognition that the conditions in which people are born into, grow, work, live and age influence their health and well-being. Many clinics and health centers are now advocating for screening for Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) in order to identify and address individual social needs. This paper will provide a framework for reviewing SDOH screening tools.

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New report explores implications of capped Medicaid funding for Texas

February 1, 2017
New report explores implications of capped Medicaid funding for Texas
A new report released by Manatt Health explores the potential fiscal ramifications of transforming Medicaid through block grants or per capita caps which, for the first time, would create a fixed allocation of federal Medicaid dollars.

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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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