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Eastern Travis County Health Care Improvement Plan
Central Health and a coalition of community partners announced in August, 2017 plans to increase health care access in Eastern Travis County through a series of short and long-term initiatives over the next several years.
Central Health convened a multidisciplinary team of community-based health care and service providers representing more than a dozen organizations. Called the Eastern Travis County Health and Wellness Collaboration, the coalition’s purpose is to address the challenges faced by residents of Eastern Travis County as they seek needed health services. As more people move to communities such as Del Valle, Manor, and Colony Park, this need is becoming more acute.
Components of the plan include:
Because Del Valle is a large geographic area, to have productive, meaningful conversations around health care planning we have divided the area into three different regions:
- South Del Valle around U.S. Route 183 and SH 130
- Central Del Valle around Highway 71 and SH 130
- North Del Valle around FM 969, east of SH 130
The following plans for the Central Del Valle region are underway as of November 1, 2017:
Central Del Valle: Phase I
Until a permanent building is constructed, Central Health is leading efforts to provide immediate health services at the Travis County Employee Wellness Clinic (located on FM 973 and Highway 71) 2.5 to 3 days per week. CommUnityCare will operate medical services, Integral Care will provide behavioral health services, and Central Health will conduct eligibility assessments for health coverage. Services are projected to be available starting Nov. 20, 2017.
Central Del Valle: Phase II
A permanent health clinic is planned to open in 2019 next to the existing Travis County Employee Wellness Clinic. In addition to medical services, the 5,600-square-foot site could include dental services, a pharmacy, behavioral health services, and a wide range of social services, such as emergency assistance programs, case management, and a senior nutrition program.
Additional Research and Planning
In mid-October Central Health hosted a series of facilitated conversations with community members to receive input on other regions in the Del Valle area. In addition, CommUnityCare has performed substantial data analysis of demographic and medical condition prevalence and incidence in the Del Valle area. This data points to multiple locations—including in South and North Del Valle—where health services should be considered. On Friday, Oct. 27, members of Central Health and CommUnityCare staff toured multiple sites with Rebecca Birch, President of the Del Valle ISD Board of Trustees, to identify potential locations for a clinic.
Based on community input from our facilitated conversations and further analysis of our data, Central Health may recommend additional locations for health services to the Board of Managers. Addressing the need for health services in Del Valle and other areas in the Eastern Crescent remains a top priority for Central Health. We are committed to keeping you informed throughout this process.
Austin Independent School District (AISD) has offered a portable building at Overton Elementary School for the Northeast Health Resource Center, which will provide non-clinical services including health screenings, eligibility assessments for the Medical Access Program (MAP), referrals, and other services. It’s next door to the Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, where a CommUnityCare mobile clinic provides services one day a month. CommUnityCare wants to expand mobile clinic services to include more days. As part of the City of Austin’s development and revitalization plans for a city-owned tract in this Far East Side neighborhood, Central Health is working with the City to open a permanent health care clinic, which is called for in the recently completed Colony Park Master Plan.
Just south of Colony Park, Mobile Loaves and Fishes operates an innovative community for those who have experienced homelessness. Founder Alan Graham has offered to assist with construction of a health center modeled (on a smaller scale) after Central Health’s successful Southeast Health & Wellness Center in the Montopolis neighborhood. With a targeted opening date of December 2018, the facility would serve both those transitioning from homelessness as well other Eastern Crescent residents.
Central Health is exploring options for upgrading or replacing the existing CommUnityCare clinic in Manor. This initiative is in the early planning stages.
Central Health will email regular news and updates as the Eastern Travis County Plan progresses. We also want to hear your thoughts and ideas on the plan. To receive email updates or to submit your comments please fill out and submit the form below.
Partnerships & Projects
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Our affiliated non-profit Medicaid HMO.
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A local data collaborative with Austin Public Health and Travis County Health & Human Services.
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A local nonprofit health care collaborative founded by Central Health and Seton Healthcare Family.