Initiatives and Projects

Community Health Needs Assessment

The Community Health Needs Assessment is a survey to determine what Wacoans need in regards to health. It is a partnership between Baylor Scott & White Health, Providence, Ascension, Baylor University, the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, the Family Health Center, and Prosper Waco. The results from the 2018 CHNA survey will be published here soon.

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Community Health Worker Initiative

In partnership with Providence Healthcare Network and Baylor Scott and White, the Family Health Center and Waco-McLennan County Public Health District are training and supporting the work of a dozen community health workers in high-need Waco zip codes to connect community members to accessible healthcare resources. Generous funding for this effort is provided by Episcopal Health Foundation.

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Community Loan Center

The Community Loan Center of the Heart of Texas (CLCHOT) is a nonprofit alternative to payday and auto-titles lenders. Housed at Goodwill Industries, the CLCHOT partners with local employers to make these low-cost loans available to employees through payroll deduction.

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Community-Centered Health Home

Family Health Center received a multi-year grant from Episcopal Health Foundation to implement a Community-Centered Health Home approach that includes working with multiple partner organizations to address community factors (such as access to healthy food and fitness opportunities) that impact patient health. For more information, please contact Paula Solano.

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Faith Alliance

As part of a concentrated effort to support the campuses in the Transformation Zone, an alliance of more than a dozen faith-based organizations are coordinating efforts and activities to have a bigger impact not only on the students and families of the Zone campuses, but the entire community. Through the work of the Faith Alliance, faith-based organizations are providing volunteer support through mentoring. The Alliance is also exploring ways to expand efforts beyond offering people resources by providing a fund to assist  families in need that have been identified through Family Support Specialist within the zoned campuses.

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Healthy Waco Women

In partnership with the Prosper Waco Women’s Health Working Group and the Healthy Babies Coalition (HBC), this community-wide campaign will provide information and support to encourage women (especially younger women, ages 18 to 25) in our community to receive an annual well-woman exam. For more information, please contact Janet Jones.

HOPES Program

HOPES (Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support), is a multi-year state-funded program aimed at reducing child abuse and neglect by increasing community supports to parents of young children. The program is for caregivers of children ages 0-5 in McLennan County and designed to align parents and caregivers alike with the tools they need to strengthen their family’s well-being. The grant provides two additional staff to Waco ISD’s Parents as Teachers program and created a coalition of agencies serving parents and children who will meet regularly to identify strategies for preventing child abuse before it occurs by educating families and providing support services to those children and families that are at risk. The HOPES program helps to address the School Readiness goal of the initiative. To learn more and see if you qualify to enroll, call 254-732-0482 or visit their website.

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Junior League of Waco Early Childhood Initiatives

Junior League of Waco (JLW) has adopted a focused concentration for the next 10 years on improving the education of children ages zero to three. JLW has multiple programs across the community ranging from Family Story Night and the Parent-Child Initiative (PACI), while also providing workshops for early childhood providers and funding collaborative projects aimed at improving early childhood education such as Reach Out & Read. The programs of JLW are part of the community’s efforts to improve School Readiness outcomes.

Contact JLW today to learn more about their programs by calling 254-753-5574.

Medical-Legal Partnership

Greater Waco Legal Services and Family Health Center are partnering to pilot a national model that trains healthcare providers to screen patients for legal needs that impact their health and refer them to attorneys for support.

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Mental Health Jail Diversion Program

The McLennan County District Attorney’s office has partnered with Heart of Texas MHMR and Tarleton State University to implement mental health screening for individuals involved with the criminal justice system. This widely used model allows individuals with mental health needs to receive appropriate care instead of prosecution for minor offenses.

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Nurse-Family Partnership

Housed at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Hillcrest, Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a free community healthcare program that provides pregnancy and parenting support to first-time mothers from nurses who visit their homes beginning in early pregnancy through the child’s second birthday. To get learn more, contact NFP by calling 254-202-1130.

The programs of NFP contribute to the School Readiness goal of the initiative.

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers, housed at Waco ISD, is an evidence-based home visiting support model a parent education which serves mothers and fathers throughout pregnancy until their child enrolls in preschool at four years of age. This program contributes to the community’s efforts to address the School Readiness goal of the initiative. To learn more about Parents as Teachers, call 254-755-9417.

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Produce Prescription Program – CCHH

World Hunger Relief, Inc. raises, harvests, prepares, and delivers boxes of produce to participating Family Health clinic sites twice a week during two 12-week growing seasons each year.  Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers write produce prescriptions for FHC patients. Patients redeem their prescriptions for a box of produce and a no-cost refill voucher which can be used weekly.

Quick Response F.I.T. Trail System

With the help from the Live Well Waco Coalition and the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, the QR F.I.T. Trail System has launched, which is a new active lifestyle campaign in 11 parks throughout Waco. In partnership with the Live Well Waco Coalition and the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, City of Waco Parks and Recreation installed the QR F.I.T. Trail System in 11 Waco parks. At F.I.T. Trail neighborhood parks, a series of signposts placed along the walking trails feature a QR code park visitors can scan to access free workout instructional videos. Visit their website for more information.

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Reintegration Program

This collaborative program, housed at MHMR, provides individualized support to people who are returning to the community from incarceration.

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Start Up Waco

Start Up Waco will lead the creation of an “entrepreneurial ecosystem” that will connect entrepreneurs to support programs, mentors, and other entrepreneurs. Start Up Waco will launch the Hustle co-working and incubator space at 6th and Austin Avenue in 2018. Email Kevin Renois for questions, comments and to get connected.

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Strong Kids Card – Doris Miller YMCA

The YMCA of Central Texas’ Strong Kids Card program is a summer enrichment program which focuses on youth development, social responsibility and healthy living for youth and teens ages 10-17 in the Waco community. The program requires each youth to complete eight hours of enrichment activities which range from volunteering opportunities, working out, hearing from speakers, and many others. In return, each youth receives a free Doris Miller YMCA membership. Programs like Strong Kids Card work to address the College & Career Success goal of the initiative. To get connected to Strong Kids Card, email Alex Prince, call 254-752-1605 ext. 206, or visit the Doris Miller YMCA (1020 Elm Ave.).

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Teen Pregnancy Prevention Campaign

Waco Foundation has engaged the consulting firm 1000 Feathers to produce an in-depth report on teen pregnancy in McLennan County with recommendations to guide a coordinated community effort to provide education, healthcare access, and social support to local youth to reduce rates of teen pregnancy in Greater Waco. Download the report here.

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Waco Employer Resource Network (WERN)

This network is comprised of local job training programs, social service agencies, staffing agencies and employers that collaborate to help job seekers find full-time jobs more quickly, provide support to individuals to maintain employment, and offer employers a central point of contact to access the services of local agencies to fill job openings and reduce turnover among entry-level employees. To get connected to WERN, email Katy Schulz.

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Wellness Center – CCHH

Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers write prescriptions for Family Health Center patients to use the exercise facility at the FHC Madison Cooper Community Clinic. Patients work directly with Baylor Exercise Physiology graduate students until they feel confident exercising independently. After patients gain confidence and a sense of well-being, they transition to another community-based exercise facility where they can continue being physically active.