DSRIP Difference logoEditor’s note: The DSRIP Difference is a new regular feature in Scoop, highlighting the progress being made through the UTHealth DSRIP (Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment) Projects, which are part of the Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program Medicaid 1115 Waiver.

UT Physicians’ Healthcare Transformation Initiatives recently was recognized by the State of Texas House of Representatives, specifically Rep. Gene Wu, Rep. Hubert Vo, and City Council Member Richard Nguyn for one of its DSRIP-funded community health events.

UT Physicians social worker, Chinh Duong takes a blood pressure of a participant at the health fair.
UT Physicians social worker Chinh Duong takes a blood pressure of a participant at the health fair.

The “Have a Healthy New Year – Free Expo” was hosted by the Chinese Community Center in January and included several healthcare organizations that promoted their services to the Chinese American community.  UT Physicians provided onsite health screenings to about 50 people, and other vendors included Christus Foundation for HealthCare, City of Houston Health Department WIC, Community Health Choice, Light & Salt, VN Teamwork Inc., and Hope Clinic.

UT Physicians staff provided free flu shots, complimentary hypertension screenings, complimentary preventive and wellness screenings (i.e., body mass index, HgA1c), and complimentary provider consultations.

“Several of our fair participants remarked that they do not receive regular health care so they were grateful to us for giving them a snapshot of their health,” said Yen-Chi Le, UT Physicians project manager.

UT Physicians will be opening its premier Community Health and Wellness Center (CHWC) in May, focusing on preventive and wellness services, in Southwest Houston, 10623 Bellaire Blvd., Suite 280. This service area of the new CHWC includes large populations with economic, cultural, and language barriers to receiving care and contains areas designated as Medically Underserved Populations and Governor-Designated Medically Underserved Areas (MUA/Ps).  To tailor services to the community, most of the CHWC Southwest staff also speak Vietnamese, Chinese, and/or Spanish in addition to English.

CHWC staff will continue to provide health screening to underserved populations as part of the “Be Screened and Be seen with UT Physicians: Community Health Series.”  Since October 2014, the CHWC Southwest staff has provided over 1,000 screenings to participants at community health events.  Over 80% of our community health event participants are uninsured and/or low-income.  To maintain community partnerships, UT Physicians participates in community health events at least once a week.

Upcoming events include Feb. 6, when UT Physicians will partner with Divine Grace Medical Missionary to provide pediatric obesity as well as pediatric vision screening to low-income children; Feb. 8 the group will provide complimentary health screening to the Ngoi Loi Vietnamese Catholic Church; and Feb. 21 UT Physicians will participate in the Alief Lunar New Year Parade.