As housing costs in Travis County’s central core continue to increase, more and more of Central Health’s target population—those in households living at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)—is residing in eastern parts of Travis County.
In 2015, Central Health formed the Eastern Travis County Health and Wellness Collaboration—a multidisciplinary team of more than 15 community-based health care and service providers—with a purpose to address the challenges faced by residents of Eastern Travis County. To ensure the community has a seat at the table when planning future access to care in their communities, Central Health also created neighborhood advisory committees.
In September 2018, the Central Health Board adopted the Fiscal Year 2019 budget, which included an estimated $4.498 million for priority projects in Eastern Travis County. This includes costs for land, facilities and services in Austin’s Colony/Hornsby Bend, Colony Park, Elroy and Creedmoor.
In Fiscal Year 2020 we pushed forward with several expansion projects to bring even more care options to the region, including:
- Central Health Enterprise partner CommUnityCare launched a house call program in the Hornsby Bend community of eastern Travis County, providing residents at-home visits with a family nurse practitioner and a bilingual medical assistant.
- Central Health purchased a 40-foot mobile clinic featuring two exam rooms, a lab and a four-person waiting area. Operated by CommUnityCare, the mobile clinic offers primary care, preventive care, vaccines, labs, disease management and pharmacy services five days per week at set locations in the Colony Park and Creedmoor communities.
- CommUnityCare created convenient care options by adding walk-in primary care at the Central Health Southeast Health & Wellness Center, and incorporating Saturday clinic hours at the Del Valle Health Center.
- Central Health partner Lone Star Circle of Care opened a new convenient care location in Jonestown, providing MAP and MAP BASIC members access to walk-in services seven days a week.
Currently, Central Health is planning new clinics in Colony Park and Del Valle based on health care gaps and community input. In FY 2021, planning will begin around Austin’s Colony/Hornsby Bend.
Central Health recently completed a comprehensive demographic report, which included projections for the next five years of growth in Travis County. Community input and data drive our decision-making and planning processes. To learn more about the numbers behind the plan, download the report.