Accomplishments - By
focusing resources on community-based programs serving the health
needs of the indigent and medically underserved, St. Luke's Episcopal
Health Charities (SLEHC) has had a significant community impact
through its philanthropic giving.
- Since its
inception in March 1997, SLEHC has invested over $41 million
in 507 community-based programs. About seventy five percent
of these grants support health programs in the greater
Houston area, with the remaining going to programs throughout
the Diocese of Texas. In addition to the greater Houston
area, organizations were funded in Crockett, Beaumont,
Freeport, Lufkin, Waco, Austin, Tyler and in Brazos, Fort
Bend, Galveston, Matagorda, Waller and Washington Counties.
Early Focus on Health
and Well Being of Children
- 249 grants
totaling $20.7 million have been awarded to date for children
and families, accounting for 51% of grants made. Programs
include perinatal support, dental services, after school
programs, adolescent clinics, immunization initiatives,
childcare services, school-based health clinics and mental
- SLEHC has published
and includes on its website, special reports on the status of
Child Health in the Diocese and a unique "index
of child well-being" for counties and communities
across the Diocese of Texas.
SLEHC has also identified
several additional areas of focus:
Care/End of Life Issues
Through its innovative
Needs Assessment process, SLEHC has also created the Community
Health Information System (CHIS) an online
interactive resource of both quantitative and qualitative information
about the 57-counties making up the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
It currently contains extensive information such as population
statistics (census, ethnicity, sex, births, deaths) and community
resources (churches, hospitals, medical professionals, public
parks, schools). CHIS also features the Community Resource Database.
The Community Resources Database was developed through a partnership
with the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast. This online tool
allows users to locate health and social service programs (within
the United Way's 13 county service area) by zip code or by city.
SLEHC has also sought consultation from all the mobile health
service providers in the Greater Houston Area to form the Greater
Houston Mobile Health Forum (MHF). In addition,
the East End
Healthy Children Collaborative is a partnership
of eight individual agencies working together to target children
0-18 who live in the East End community of Houston, Texas.
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