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Community Collaboratives Fact Sheet

The Texas Health Institute provides leadership in improving the health of Texans through education, research and health policy development. Combining health policy research with existing data resources, the Institute is working proactively with various stakeholders to shape the future of health care.

Why a community collaborative?

While there are important roles for all levels of government in addressing health care issues, our experience and research shows the "one size fits all" solutions from the federal and state levels are solutions that fit no one. Health care solutions for the future must be reinvented from the bottom up - community-by-community.

How the Institute works with communities

A community collaborative effort should involve six stakeholders: business, consumers, providers, community leaders and policy makers. The Institute encourages the assembly of a group composed of these stakeholders to take leadership in their community to pursue a "community decision making" process

How the Institute works with communities

Ongoing facilitation of community collaboratives is an emerging emphasis for the Institute. We have provided collaborative facilitation in Amarillo, El Paso, Houston, Palacios, Waco, Beaumont, and Henderson. Each collaborative group has specific needs and goals to address health issues for their community. The Institute works with the groups on an individual community basis.

The first community collaborative the Institute facilitated was in Amarillo. Funded by the Amarillo Foundation and the Harrington Foundation, this collaborative addressed health issues of access, dental care, youth-at-risk, and end-of-life.

With 84+ member and affiliated organizations, the Houston Gateway Collaborative is the largest collaborative the Institute has facilitated. Its goal is to obtain access to health care for approximately one million uninsured and underinsured residents of Harris County.

Most recently, a Texas critical access hospital approached the Institute in need of assistance. We were able to secure funding through he Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA) to conduct a financial and operational study of the critical access hospital for sustainability Because this was an emergency situation, the Institute was able to provide the report to the hospital trustees and ORCA in three weeks. The hospital and its trustees received timely management of direction from the Institute and are progressing in a turnaround situation.

How the Institute can help your hospital and community

The Institute can provide an objective facilitator to keep the collaborative process focused, balanced, and open to all ideas. Our facilitator encourage dialogue as opposed to debate. The Institute works with collaboratives on a individual community basis. As a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization we can provide cost-effective, onsite health care operations and financial consulting services. Consulting/facilitation services include:

  • Facilitation in collaborative development of mission and vision
  • Facilitation of stakeholder collaborative meetings
  • Special studies on health facility sustainability
  • Onsite training of hospital leadership staff and trustees
  • Community based health policy forums
  • Onsite consultation on health policy options
  • Participation opportunities in statewide collaboration efforts
  • Identification of potential funding opportunities
  • Independent assessment of Critical Access Hospitals' strategic plans prior to application
  • Follow-up evaluation of facility's strategic plan's effectiveness

Our team of professionals

  • Policy Specialist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Finance Professionals
  • Health Care Administrators
  • Curriculum Designers

Committed to the health of Texans

The Institute plays a critical role in improving the health of health care in our communities through information, education, collaboration and vision. The Institute accomplishes its goals through a board of active business and health provider leaders, foundation grants, contracts from partnering agencies, contributions and sponsorships.