EHF invests $15 million to strengthen community-based clinics and other parts of the safety-net health system in Texas

EHF has invested $15 million in new grants in 2021 to help community-based clinics in Texas continue to provide crucial preventive care services, but also find new ways to address non-medical factors that impact health.

Grants will fund many innovative projects to help the system find new ways to go beyond the exam room & ER to address non-medical causes of poor health

EHF has invested $15 million in new grants to help community-based clinics in Texas continue to provide crucial preventive care services, but also find new ways to address non-medical factors that impact health. The investment includes funding to help clinics offer integrated behavioral health and expanded telehealth services, plus support for organizations that help low-income families enroll in health insurance and other health-related benefit programs.

“COVID-19 was a glaring reminder of how a lack of preventive care combined with non-medical factors like economic status and living conditions dramatically impact health,” said Elena Marks, EHF’s president and CEO. “We can’t address these disparities through medicine alone, so many of these grants work to shift resources already in the health system to pay to address factors like housing conditions, safe neighborhoods, healthy eating options, and other things that determine if Texans are healthy.”  

EHF’s $15 million investment includes:

  • $3.4 million to help find new ways to invest health care dollars to address non-medical factors that impact health. It includes funding for Texas clinics to continue working upstream to tackle community conditions as part of EHF’s Texas Community-Centered Health Homes (CCHH) Initiative. The CCHH initiative is a large-scale, long-term investment in getting community-based clinics to improve health, not just healthcare in the areas they serve.

  • More than $11.6 million to help community-based clinics provide comprehensive care (including preventive care, primary care, dental care, specialty referrals, behavioral care, and telehealth services) to low-income and populations in need and to support organizations that are expanding health insurance coverage and other health-related benefits for Texans with the least resources.

Complete list of EHF grant recipients:

Outcome 1: Resource allocation and system reform in the health sector reflect the goal of health, not just health care 

$350,000 Access Health in Fort Bend County
$175,000 – Genesis PrimeCare in Northeast Texas
$300,000 – Lone Star Circle of Care in Austin area
$68,500 –  Network of Behavioral Health Providers in Harris County
$500,000Northwest Assistance Ministries in Harris County
$351,090 – People’s Community Clinic in Austin
$274,000 – Prosper Waco
$175,000 – Special Health Resources for Texas in Longview
$350,000 – St. Paul Children’s Foundation in Tyler
Texas Health Institute
$250,000 – The University of Texas at Austin – Dell Medical School’s Value Institute for Health and Care
$76,000 – The University of Texas Health Science Scenter at Houston
$200,000 – United Way for Greater Austin
$340,000 – Waco Family Medicine

Outcome 2: Low-income and vulnerable populations access comprehensive care in communities

$100,000 – Andrews Center in Tyler
$300,000 – Avenue 360 Health & Wellness in Houston
$140,000 – Baylor College of Medicine’s Teen Health Clinic at Wisdom High School in Houston
$280,000 – Boat People S.O.S., Inc. in Houston
$280,000 – Casa Marianella in Austin
$775,000 – Children’s Defense Fund statewide
$350,000 – Community Healthcore in Northeast Texas
$250,000 – Community Health Network in Alvin
$310,000 – ECHOS in Houston
$356,000 – Every Texan statewide
$185,990 – Family Service Center of Galveston County
$400,000 – Foundation Communities in Austin
$192,630 – Giving Austin Labor Support
$360,000 – Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston
$150,000 – HOPE Clinic in Houston
$870,000 – Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative statewide
$50,000 – Katy Christian Ministries in Houston area
$141,969 – Light & Salt Association in Houston
$400,000 – Lone Star Circle of Care in Houston
$360,000 – Memorial Assistance Ministries in Houston
$132,578 – Mama Sana Vibrant Woman in Austin
$450,000 – Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute statewide
$250,000 – The Montrose Center in Houston
$208,000 – North Pasadena Community Outreach
$525,000 – Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston
$525,000 – Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas in Tyler and Waco
$250,000 – Samaritan Counseling of Southeast Texas in Beaumont
$380,000 – SEARCH Homeless Services in Houston
$291,286 – Tejas Health Care in La Grange
$200,000 – Texana Center in Brookshire
$212,188 – The Beacon of Downtown Houston