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 factors are especially challenging for the residents of historically underserved communities, where environmental factors and individual barriers contribute to a higher risk of diseases such as asthma and diabetes.
Primary care is at the heart of both ensuring a more efficient and effective healthcare system and allowing thousands of Central Texans lead longer, healthier lives. It is vitally important, then, that all Central Texas residents have access to preventive services and receive proper care for chronic conditions, including site-based care in school settings.
Investments in preventive healthcare can deliver economic and social returns to our community as a whole and to our individual neighbors. We know that healthy habits and healthy communities can increase our quality of life. Good health helps us improve our mood, helps us fight disease, boosts our energy, and increases academic achievement in the classroom.
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 support new models that incentivize and support clinics as community hubs, well-versed in community assets and needs, and strongly linked to community resources and partners. 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.