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The Importance of Health and Social Services Spending to Health Outcomes in Texas

May 20, 2019
The Importance of Health and Social Services Spending to Health Outcomes in Texas
Investments in certain social services in Texas were associated with improvements in health outcomes, as measured by improvements in the County Health Rankings, in the years subsequent to spending increases. Similar analyses in other states and regions may yield actionable avenues for policy makers to improve population health.

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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 Resource Referral Platforms: A Guide for Health Care Organizations

April 16, 2019
Community Resource Referral Platforms: A Guide for Health Care Organizations
Over the past several years, a dizzying array of new technology platforms have emerged with the shared aim of enabling health care organizations to more easily identify and refer patients to social service organizations. This guide was developed to help safety-net health care organizations understand the landscape of these community resource referral platforms and learn from early adopters’ experiences using them.

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New EHF Health Policy Poll: Texans show sweeping support for protections for pre-existing conditions

March 4, 2019
New EHF Health Policy Poll: Texans show sweeping support for protections for pre-existing conditions
An overwhelming majority of Texans support health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions and say state government should play a role in making sure the health care system works. Those are just some of the results of a new statewide Episcopal Health Foundation survey on Texas health policy issues.

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Transportation and Health Access Needs Assessment Report

February 22, 2019
Transportation and Health Access Needs Assessment Report
In 2018, Health Outreach Partners (HOP) and the Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) began an eight-month project to assess the non-emergency health-related transportation needs of low-income and uninsured populations in rural areas in central and southeast Texas. This report presents findings and recommendations based on an Environmental Landscape Scan and focus groups/interviews with communities and providers.

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Optimizing Rural Health: A Community Healthcare Blueprint

December 17, 2018
Optimizing Rural Health: A Community Healthcare Blueprint
A new report from the A&M Rural and Community Health Institute at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center outlines new ways forward for rural Texas communities facing or experiencing a hospital closure. The Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the T.L.L. Temple Foundation sponsored the report.

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New Report: The Uninsured in Texas

December 6, 2018
New Report: The Uninsured in Texas
New Report finds that most Texans without health insurance live in working families, have low incomes, and have a high school education or less.

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EHF/KFF Poll: Most Texans don’t know about recent increase in the state’s maternal mortality rate

October 23, 2018
EHF/KFF Poll: Most Texans don’t know about recent increase in the state’s maternal mortality rate
A majority of Texans say that reducing the number of women who die from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth should be a top priority for state lawmakers, even though few correctly knew about a recent increase in the state’s maternal mortality rate. That’s one of the findings of a newly released report based on a statewide Episcopal Health Foundation/Kaiser Family Foundation survey of Texas health policy issues.

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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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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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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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