Andrea Earl – Texas Impact Michael Grisham- Texas Health and Human Service Commission RexAnn Shotwell and

Elizabeth EndersTexas Association of Community health Centers Scott Atnip- Texas Impact

Texas Impact and the Community Partner Program
• Texas Impact’s work to help establish the program • Texas Impact and the Community Partner Program today (Find out more at our breakout session!) • Texas Impact’s VISTA project!

Community Partners Program

Health Center Recruitment and Support
Texas Association of Community Health Centers United Methodist Women Legislative Event January 27, 2013

What is TACHC?
a private, non-profit membership association that represents safety-net health care providers in the state of Texas. …serves as the primary care association for the state of Texas supporting our members, developing and fullfledged community health centers across the state. …members include Community and Migrant Health Centers, Health Care for the Homeless Grantees, Public Housing Primary Care Grantees, Ryan White HIV/AIDS Grantees, Health Center Networks and other providers and individuals who strive to meet the health care needs of the uninsured and underserved.

Mission &Vision
• TACHC's mission is to develop, educate, support, strengthen and advocate for its member centers, their patients and the communities they serve.

• TACHC’s vision is to be one voice expanding a sustainable network of Federally Qualified Health Centers that serves as the provider of first choice for comprehensive care for all Texans.

Major program areas
Technical Assistance

Policy, Research & Advocacy
Clinical Affairs Recruitment & Retention

Information Technology Services
Group Purchasing Programs

Coalition team
Texas Hunger Initiative (Baylor University) Texas Impact Texas Assoc. of Community Health Centers

Regional Field Coordinators


• Sign-up all FQHC’s and 300 sites statewide • Provide ongoing technical assistance and training • Strengthen health center outreach and education • Use health center feedback to reduce eligibility barriers and/or technical glitches • Position health centers as a resource for health care reform

What are the benefits to health centers?
• Apply and renew ONLINE • Upload documents with application • View case details and help patients manage their benefits • Reduced data entry for HHSC staff • Streamlines eligibility process for quicker eligibility determinations • Increased statewide access for public assistance programs • Monthly performance reports for health center data • FREE!

Return on investment for health centers
Short term: • Convenient and efficient for staff and patients to apply for Medicaid, SNAP, and TANF and keep coverage • Case access at your fingertips • Reduced paperwork • Quicker turn around time for eligibility determination • Regional ongoing training and support • Receive reports Long term: • Building infrastructure for health care reform • Enrollment access for eligible but uninsured patients • Increased Medicaid reimbursement towards General Revenue • Strengthens community relationships • Improves relationship with HHSC

For more information about TACHC: • See one page flyer • Call 512-329-5959

Thank You!


Why Should United Methodist Women Care about the Community Partners Program?
United Methodist Church Four Areas of Focus • Combating the diseases of poverty by improving health globally. • Engaging in ministry with the poor. • Creating new places for new people and revitalizing existing congregations. • Developing principled Christian leaders for the church and the world.


Why Should United Methodist Women Care?
Working for Justice Through Service & Advocacy UMW interprets the biblical passage from Luke 4:18 as both a model and a mandate for Christian social action and advocacy: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

Texas Impact and the Community Partner Program
• Texas Impact’s initial work in establishing the program • Texas Impact and the Community Partner Program today • Texas Impact’s VISTA project!

How Can YOUR organization become a Community Partner?
1.) Visit the HHSC website at:

2.) Fill out an interest form online at: tXR3luY3c6MA#gid=0
3.) Decide whether your organization is best fit to become a Level 1 or Level 2 Community Partner 4.) Print out the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and go over it with your organization. You can find the MOU online at: 5.) Once HHSC has approved your interest form submit your MOU to the state.(At this point volunteers must complete online navigator training if you choose to become a level 2 Community Partner.) 6.) HHSC will contact you once your organization been officially approved

More Questions?
To learn more or have us visit your organization about the program lease contact Andrea Earl at or Scott Atnip at

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