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Austin Health Care Programs
Community Health Center of Austin http://www.communitycaretx.org/ Currently, the City of Austin Community Care Services Department operates nineteen Community Health Center (CHC) service delivery sites which provide comprehensive primary care and medical, dental, and behavioral health services to residents of Travis County in Public Health Region Seven. The city manages these provider sites pursuant to an inter-local agreement with the District.
Six large centers are located in Northeast Austin, South Austin, and East Austin areas. Four smaller centers are located in the communities of Manor, Del Valle, Pflugerville, and Oak Hill. Six sites, including a mobile dental unit and vision center serve the homeless population of Travis County. and one center is dedicated to providing HIV/AIDS services. Clinical services include but are not limited to: primary care, medical, dental, behavioral health, women s health, prenatal care, family planning, children s health, testing for STDs and HIV, lab and x-ray services, care for chronic illness, and health education. Travis County has an estimated 172,000 uninsured residents or 19.3 percent of its population. Research indicates that many of these residents have great difficulty in accessing basic primary and preventive healthcare. Local safety net primary care providers, including the CHCs, consistently operate at more than 100 percent of their capacity. The CHC system plays a leading role in the community s healthcare safety net. It is the medical home to about one-half of local safety net primary care patients. As the largest volume provider, the CHCs have worked diligently to respond to increasing community-wide demand.
Austin Women s Hospital In February 2002, the Austin City Council approved the creation of an acute care facility on the fifth floor of Brackenridge Hospital at 601 East 15th Street. The Austin Women s Hospital opened in January, 2004, and is operated by the University of Texas Medical Branch. Entrance to the facility is via elevators located on Hospital Drive. A level one, general hospital operated by the City of Austin offering quality women s health services including: Maternity (Labor and Delivery, Mother/Baby Couplet Care), Outpatient Services including: OB Triage, Outpatient Surgery, (elective tubal ligations only), Basic Ultrasound Services, Early Discharge of Newborns/Follow-up. Family Planning Services
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians http://www.myhaam.org/ a low-cost primary health care services, basic dental care and mental health counseling program for uninsured, professional musicians in the Austin-area, through HAAM, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
HAAM Services Include:
- Mental Health counseling provided by SIMS Foundation .
- Primary Health Care provided by Seton Family of Hospitals
- Dental Care services provided by St. David s Community Health Foundation Leadership
The mission of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians is to provide access to affordable health care for Austin s low income, uninsured musicians, focusing on prevention and wellness. Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World, yet many professional working musicians are self-employed and rarely have access to health insurance. Without insurance, they can t afford preventive health care, including primary medical care, basic dental services and mental health counseling.
The music industry is an important contributor to Austin s economy:
- Nearly $1 billion in economic activity, more than $25 million in local tax revenue each year.
- It provides 11,200 jobs.
- Austin has more than 8,000 musicians.
- Millions of dollars added to the city s economy and tens of thousands of visitors from around the world brought annually by Austin City Limits Music Festival and South By Southwest Music Media Conference.
- Source: Texas Perspectives, City of Austin. 2004