Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.

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Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas will implement a program designed to improve rates of depression and diabetes in high-poverty communities in the Rio Grande Valley through its Sí Texas: Social Innovation for a Healthy South Texas project.

Grantee Information
Federal Awards: 
$10 million over two years (2014-2015)
Focus Area: 
Healthy Futures
Geographic Focus: 
Hidalgo, Starr, Willacy & Cameron Counties; Webb County; Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy and Kleberg Counties; Brownsville, TX;

Methodist Healthcare Ministries' Sí Texas: Social Innovation for a Healthy South Texas project stimulates local solutions that improve both physical and behavioral health together, such as diabetes and depression.

Sí Texas focuses on integrated behavioral health (IBH) models that are effectively improving health outcomes in communities with high rates of poverty, depression, diabetes, obesity and associated risk factors. The project targets twelve South Texas counties: Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Willacy, Kenedy, Brooks, Jim Hogg, Zapata, Duval, Jim Wells, Kleberg and Webb.



Nonprofits Receiving Social Innovation Fund Awards from Methodist Healthcare Ministries

Community Hope Projects, Inc. (Hope Family Health Center)
Lower Rio Grande Valley Community Health Management Corp, Inc. (El Milagro Clinic)
Mercy Ministries of Laredo
Nuestra Clinica del Valle
Rural Economic Assistance League (REAL)
Texas A&M International University (TAMIU)
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
Tropical Texas Behavioral Health


Community Hope Projects, Inc. (Hope Family Health Center)

McAllen, TX
Area Served: Hidalgo, Starr, Willacy and Cameron Counties
Initial Award Amount: $250,061

Sí Texas HOPE at Hope Family Health Center implements the Integrated Behavioral Health Care model of collaborated primary health care and behavioral health care in the same facility and blended seamlessly to better serve the uninsured and Bi-lingual community of the Lower Rio Grande Valley including Hidalgo, Starr, Willacy, and Cameron Counties. The project’s goal is to significantly reduce the rates of obesity, diabetes, depression, and anxiety.

The Hope Family Health Center provides free medical, counseling, and case management services to over 2,500 uninsured individuals annually in the LRGV. All patients who are provided medical care and mental health counseling at HFHC are 100% uninsured and do not qualify for any government funded medical assistance. HFHC also offers community educational, informational and training events on health matters such as influenza, depression, stress management, nutrition, and diabetes.


Lower Rio Grande Valley Community Health Management Corp, Inc. (El Milagro Clinic)

McAllen, TX
Area Served: Hidalgo County
Initial Award Amount: $249,993

CHISPA will address a critical need and potentially save the lives of obese, diabetic, and depressed patients of the El Milagro Clinic in Hidalgo County. The clinic mainly serves uninsured Hispanic low-wage workers and their families. El Milagro will expand behavioral health interventions already in use, introduce additional innovative and evidence-based interventions, and integrate them with primary care. Interventions include expanded activities of community health workers, implementation of an evidence-based diabetes prevention program, and integration of occupational therapists’ skills into the clinic’s team approach.

El Milagro estimates at least 504 patients will be served through their education program, and clinic patients will receive screening for potential mental health needs. Direct services provided will include: education, primary care, behavioral health interventions, group-based activities to increase physical activity, and group-based activities to increase coping skills.


Mercy Ministries of Laredo

Laredo, TX
Area Served: Webb County
Initial Award Amount: $295,459

The purpose for the Integration of 3D Health Services project is to expand current services for indigent patients in Webb County, TX by enhancing integration of physical & behavioral health services & adding a third dimension of spiritual health in keeping with Mercy’s mission & the culture of Laredo. Expanded services include screening & referral for diabetes, obesity, hypertension, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, & spiritual wellbeing. Level of integration of services will be enhanced by increased communication among all team members, including the patient and family.

Nuestra Clinica del Valle

NuCare will address critical needs and save lives of obese, diabetic, and depressed patients in Hidalgo and Starr Counties, Texas. The goal of NuCare is to expand integrated primary care to four clinics and include support through community?based programs. The project will serve 4,700 patients at the clinics with integrated primary care. NuCare will apply evidence based practices to screen patients for depression, extend an immediate behavioral health intervention to more patients, and provide holistic plans of care for diabetic, obese, and depressed patients. 


Rural Economic Assistance League (REAL)

Alice, TX
Area Served: Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy and Kleberg Counties
Initial Award Amount: $715,285

REAL, Inc. is partnering with the transportation Coordination Network of the Coastal Bend, Coastal Plains Community Center, Community Action Corporation of South Texas, South Coastal Area health Education Center, & Paisano Transit to increase the level of effectiveness of Project Salud Y Vida in 5 counties, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, & Kleberg counties. Combined, these counties have a population of over 81,400 people with an average of 11% with disabilities & an average of 23.2% are persons in poverty. The proposed project will target adult consumers with Mental Illness that are being serves by Coastal Plains Community Center & that are registered in their Integrated Behavioral Health model, Project Salud Y Vida. The TRIP for Salud Y Vida program will enhance the level of IBH services in rural counties through the systematic integration of transportation & Enhanced Integrated Services at the individual & community level in four existing sites.


Texas A&M International University (TAMIU)

Laredo, TX
Area Served: Webb County
Initial Award Amount: $1,679,588

Juntos for Better Health, following the Dartmouth Prevention Management Model and the Laredo Juntos Transformational Change Model, is a partnership of nine community health care service providers developing the first fully coordinated comprehensive health care delivery system among multiple partners in Laredo. Juntos for Better Health will focus on the system of health care in Webb, Zapata, and Jim Hogg and provide a continuum of care for obesity, diabetes and depression. The primary goal is to increase effectiveness of existing services by heightening the level of integration of behavioral health from prevention to compliance with their health treatment plans.

The University of Texas Science Center at Houston

This project will expand and enhance an integrated care model for an estimated 1,235 individuals of the Rio Grande Valley (Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy counties) who have uncontrolled diabetes, including many with behavioral health issues. Salud y Vida is an evidence based, multi?disciplinary chronic care management program that connects or re?engages participants with a medical home, assists participants in accessing crucial resources such as behavioral health services, and provides motivational tools that enable participants to better manage their diabetes through community?based diabetes self-management education and community health worker home visits. 


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)

Rio Grande Valley, TX
Area Served: Hidalgo County
Initial Award Amount: $423,265

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) will implement the nationally recognized Primary Care Behavioral Health model in their primary care locations. Implementation and training support is provided by Dr. Robinson and Dr. Strosahl, originators of this model. Innovative components of this project include receiving direct training from the authors of this model to ensure high fidelity, and the development of a web-based patient registry in partnership with the UTRGV Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. After full scale implementation, the programs aim to scale to other graduate medical education primary clinics. The goals are to address population based needs, provide evidence based care, reduce the burden on PCP through creation of integrated team, and better appreciation of different professionals as part of the team. Direct services include primary care, behavioral health care, preventative care, screenings, treatment of acute and chronic conditions, and measurement based care.


Tropical Texas Behavioral Health

Edinburg, TX
Area Served: Cameron County
Initial Award Amount: $873,120

Tropical Texas Behavioral Health will hire, train, and equip a team of medical professionals and care coordinators to co-locate in the TTBH behavioral health clinic and deliver primary care services to 500 unduplicated patients in the Brownsville area. TTBH will also 500 unduplicated patients in the Brownsville area. TTBH will also incorporate care coordinators into 2 other locations, Edinburg and Harlingen, to ensure timely care for patients and increase connectivity between primary care and behavioral care providers. TTBH will offer direct services including: diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases, acute conditions, and treatment of minor injuries, routine check-ups, immunizations, and preventative screenings. Patients will also receive services including behavioral health services, education, action planning, medication training, nutritional education and counseling, basic laboratory services, and pharmacy services.

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