LOCAL COMMUNITY CLINICS RECEIVE MUCH-NEEDED HELP TO SERVE GROWING NUMBER OF UNINSURED
Healthy Houston Foundation Board Members present a check to the Good Neighbor Healthcare Center. (From left to right) Healthy Houston Board Secretary Doug Hidalgo; Good Neighbor Healthcare Center Executive Director Janet Donath; Healthy Houston Board President Dr. Shelley Sekula Gibbs; Good Neighbor Board Chair Rev. F.N. Williams, II; Good Neighbor Board Members Lenora Thomas; Dean Burkhardt; Bebe Burns; Robert Corrigan; Lydia Morales.
The Healthy Houston Foundation presented grants to eight community clinics this year. The clinics offer an open door to our fellow citizens who are uninsured or underinsured. When people know they have a place to turn to for affordable quality health care, they don't go to hospital emergency rooms for basic medical services.
The clinics that received grants ranging from $5000 to $9000 include: Asian American Health Coalition, Good Neighbor Healthcare Center, Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston, El Centro de Corazon Clinic, Fort Bend Family Health Center, Spring Branch Community Health Services, Legacy Community Health Services and Pasadena Health Center.
The grants make it possible for the clinics to serve more patients, focus on addressing certain needs in the community and gain or maintain status as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC.) FQHCs offer high-quality, cost-effective, culturally appropriate, accessible and affordable preventative and primary healthcare services.
Community clinics help ease hospital room overcrowding while improving the quality of health care in areas that need it most. Ultimately, everyone benefits from the resulting health care savings, which translates into lower property taxes and insurance premiums.
GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES MORE THAN $100,000
FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY CLINICS
Healthy Houston Foundation Board President Dr. Shelley Sekula Gibbs addresses golfers during dinner at the 4th Annual Healthy Houston Foundation Golf Tournament.