With support from Central Texas residents and our network of partners, Central Health is working to improve the quality and accessibility of safety-net health care in our community. These improvements are made possible by numerous initiatives that go beyond the provision of health care.
Healthy people build strong communities.
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:
For an interim solution, Central Health and Travis County would use the county’s existing employee health clinic off FM 973 — adjacent to the county’s correctional facility — for health care services for the general public, two to three days a week. Central Health is planning for a permanent health facility in the future, which the county is building on the same property. Further, the UT School of Nursing is exploring the possibility of expanding services in Del Valle. While the nursing school operates the UT Children’s Wellness Clinic in Del Valle, adults aren’t seen at that location. The school recently signed a new contract with the Community Care Collaborative, Central Health’s partnership with Seton Healthcare Family, to provide services to adults at its Austin clinic. Del Valle ISD also recommends placing an adult health clinic (modular building) at Creedmoor Elementary School.
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.