In our Central Texas home, many factors strain our health care system – the booming population, poverty, high rates of uninsured children, and poor reimbursement rates for federally funded programs. These challenges make it more difficult to make sure children receive preventive services that keep them from getting sick, and for treatment of chronic diseases. When one out of four school-age children lives in poverty, it’s no surprise that many of them have chronic problems with obesity, asthma, and diabetes.
We know that healthy habits make sense and can increase our quality of life. Good health helps us control our weight, improves our mood, helps us fight disease, boosts our energy, and increases our longevity.
Even knowing these things to be true, many times the environments underserved children and their families live in don’t make being healthy easy. We know we have to be part of the environment we’re trying to affect if we want to bring about meaningful change.
Our work in primary health care access and prevention is aimed at improving the quality and delivery of health care for children in Austin and the surrounding areas. We achieve that goal through support for nonprofit health clinics’ programming and infrastructure. As a result of the efforts of many nonprofits in Central Texas, children and families gain:
- Better access to quality health care services.
- Consistent, high-quality care that promotes health and keeps chronic conditions in check.
- Innovative services like group prenatal classes, behavioral health counseling, and cooking classes.
- Access to extended evening and weekend hours, bilingual services, insurance enrollment services, and referrals to other community resources help busy families.