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.


Perfect weather framed a successful event for the Healthy Houston Foundation. The 4th Annual Healthy Houston Golf Tournament at the Hermann Park Golf Course raised more than $100,000 for area community clinics that serve the uninsured.

The clinics help ease hospital emergency room overcrowding, a serious problem plaguing not only Harris County but the entire nation.

The Healthy Houston Foundation has given more than $100,000 in grants to local clinics in the last few years. Those clinics include:

El Centro de Corazon / Eastwood Clinic

Fort Bend Family Health Center

Good Neighbor Healthcare Center

Asian American Health Center / Hope Clinic

Houston Community Health Center in Denver Harbor

Ibn Sina Foundation Community Medical Center

Legacy Community Health Services, formerly Montrose Clinic

Northeast Community Health Center

Pasadena Community Health Center

South Central Houston Community Health Center / Riverside Clinic

Spring Branch Community Health Center

Major sponsors of the tournament included: Perry Homes, Clear Channel Outdoor, Lexus of Clear Lake and HCA Affiliated Hospitals. Suzi Hanks of the Dean and Rog Show 93.7 the Arrow was the Master of Ceremonies.