The Access to Care Working Group is comprised of health specialists, social service providers, and local hospital representatives who are working together to increase health insurance coverage and reduce the use of the emergency room for primary care.
With support from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, local banks are driving the Bank On Waco effort to increase financial literacy and access to banking services for low-income people in our community. To visit the Bank On Waco Coalition’s webpage, click here.
The McLennan County Behavioral Health Leadership Team (BHLT) is comprised of leadership from the local mental health authority, healthcare providers, local government, and philanthropic foundations committed to aligning their resources to address mental health and substance abuse issues in our community. The BHLT works to implement recommendations of subcommittees of mental health practitioners.
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.
The Women’s Health Working Group is a dedicated group of health education specialists, social services, healthcare providers, and community volunteers who are working to increase the number of women who receive annual preventative care, reduce teen pregnancy, and reduce disparities in health outcomes of women of different races.
The Heart of Texas P-20 Council is made up of regional public and private school representatives, higher education representatives, and social service providers whose purpose is to increase access and align educational and support systems to increase the number of students who are completing a college degree or workforce certificate. To learn more visit their website.
Live Well Waco is a robust group of social service and health education providers who have been working together for over five years on projects aimed at reducing adult and childhood obesity through promoting healthy eating and active living.
The Mentor Waco Coalition is a partnership of local organizations that offer mentoring programs. The coalition works to promote awareness of mentoring in the community, recruit mentors, provide high-quality training for those serving as mentors, and share data and best practices.
In Fall 2016, the Children/Youth subcommittee of the Behavioral Health Leadership Team, under the leadership of MHMR’s Klaras Center for Families, was awarded a multi-year federal “system of care” grant. In 2017, the coalition began providing school-based mental health services in multiple local schools districts. The grant also provides resources for youth peer supports, a children’s mental health respite facility, and other services to improve the mental health of children and youth in our community.
The School Readiness Working Group is a group of early education specialists, child care providers, social service providers, parents/guardians, and community volunteers who work together to align programs and resources to increase the percentage of children who are starting school “ready to learn.”
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.