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February 2016
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    By Anne Connor, director of community grants In 2014, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. launched the Sí Texas Project: Social Innovation for a Healthy South Texas (Sí Texas Project) with support from an unprecedented federal investment of $10 million by the Social Innovation Fund, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Through the Sí Texas Project, Methodist Healthcare Ministries is evaluating nine evidence-based models of Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) care, with some innovative aspects targeted at 12 counties within Methodist Healthcare Ministries' service area. This week I'd like to take a closer look at two IBH models as part of the Sí Texas Project: 1. NuCare: Nuestra Clinica del Valle (NCDV) is implementing NuCare based on the collaborative care model at four of their primary care clinics in the Rio Grande Valley. A hallmark of the model is that patients are not referred to services, but the services come to them. NuCare...

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    By Anne Connor, director of community grantsIn 2014, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. launched the Sí Texas Project: Social Innovation for a Healthy South Texas (Sí Texas Project) with support from an unprecedented federal investment of $10 million by the Social Innovation Fund, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Through the Sí Texas Project, Methodist Healthcare Ministries is evaluating nine evidence-based models of Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) care, with some innovative aspects targeted at 12 counties within Methodist Healthcare Ministries' service area.This week I'd like to take a closer look at three IBH models as part of the Sí Texas Project:1. Community Healthcare InveSted in keeping Patients Active (CHISPA): El Milagro Clinic is implementing the Community Healthcare InveSted in keeping Patients Active (CHISPA) model in McAllen, Texas. This model is heavy on community-based chronic disease services, including the use of...

January 2016
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    By Kathryn Jones, director of behavioral health services If there's one thing I've learned from my more than two decades of treating and addressing mental health issues, it's this: there is no greater power than the power of a strong partnership. This partnership I speak of takes shape in a multitude of ways. Partnering with our patients to be allies in health; partnering with a multidisciplinary team of providers to strengthen treatment plans; and partnering with the community to augment the health care landscape within in our area. It is with this notion that I am so proud of one of Methodist Healthcare Ministries' latest partnerships. For those who do not know, Methodist Healthcare Ministries offers behavioral health services at our clinic locations in the San Antonio area (Wesley Health & Wellness Center; Bishop Ernest T. Dixon, Jr. Clinic; and School Based Health Centers), and through community and church sites throughout our 74-counties in South Texas as part of our...

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    By Anne Connor, director of community grants In 2014, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. launched the Sí Texas Project: Social Innovation for a Healthy South Texas (Sí Texas Project) with support from an unprecedented federal investment of $10 million by the Social Innovation Fund, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Through the Sí Texas Project, Methodist Healthcare Ministries is evaluating nine evidence-based models of Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) care, with some innovative aspects targeted at 12 counties within Methodist Healthcare Ministries' service area.This week I'd like to take a closer look at three IBH models as part of the Sí Texas Project:1. Sí Three: Mercy Ministries of Laredo, a relatively small, faith-based clinic located in Laredo is implementing a model called, Sí Three: Integration of 3-D Health Services. The model's name comes from its three aspects of wellness: mind, body, and spirit. The model moves the...

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    By Anne N. Connor, director of community grants In 2014, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. launched the Sí Texas Project: Social Innovation for a Healthy South Texas (Sí Texas Project) with support from an unprecedented federal investment of $10 million by the Social Innovation Fund, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Through the Sí Texas Project, Methodist Healthcare Ministries is evaluating nine evidence-based models of Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) care, with some innovative aspects targeted at 12 counties within Methodist Healthcare Ministries' service area.Q: Why Integrated Behavioral Health?A: Methodist Healthcare Ministries' mission is to improve the health of those least served, in mind, body, and spirit. This holistic approach is reflected in IBH models, which bring collaborative teams of providers together to care for the whole person, addressing behavioral health and primary care not just under the same roof, but in a...

December 2015
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    Editor's Note: Methodist Healthcare Ministries' Wesley Nurses are known to provide health education and coordination of care in the communities where they serve across South Texas. What many folks may not know, is that they are also advocates for local health initiatives that impact communities far beyond the walls of the church where they serve. Signy Sizer, a Wesley Nurse in Port Lavaca, recently had an opportunity to support the passage of a 'Smoke Free' ban in her community, and her experience is a testament to the diverse, and indispensable, part Wesley Nurses play in influencing population health. We caught up with Signy to learn about the Smoke Free ban in Port Lavaca and the part she played in its passage. Question: What was the initiative and how did you get involved?In April, 2015, Port Lavaca City Council instituted a city ordinance to ban smoking in public places. This ban was lifted in August when registered voters petitioned to either have the ordinance repealed, or to...

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    Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. provides practical support through parenting programs to help parents and guardians learn parenting skills so they will be more confident and competent leaders within their families. As part of this initiative, Methodist Healthcare Ministries is proud to announce a new Parents Helping Parents site located at Trinity United Methodist Church in San Antonio (6800 Wurzbach Rd.). Launched in 1999, Parents Helping Parents is a parent support group designed to build stronger, healthier communities by strengthening and encouraging family life. As one of four distinct Methodist Healthcare Ministries' Parenting Programs (Meld; Parents Helping Parents; Parents as Teachers™ and the Nurturing Parenting Programs®), Parents Helping Parents is volunteer-based and built upon the belief that parents are the first teachers and best advocates for their children. Parents Helping Parents focuses on areas of health and safety, child development and...

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    The Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition (TWHC) – an organization largely funded by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. that promotes access to preventive health care for all Texas women – hosted an event on Dec. 9 in McAllen, Texas, to inform Rio Grande Valley community members of recent developments in women's health care and state women's health programs. Dr. Janet Realini, chair of TWHC and president of Healthy Futures of Texas, presented at the event, as well as Lesley French, associate commissioner of women's health services at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. The event provided an opportunity for TWHC to engage with community stakeholders who serve a population of women in particular need of a strong women's health care system. Nearly 45 attendees represented more than 20 organizations including: Methodist Healthcare Ministries, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the Cameron County Health Department, Federally Qualified Health Centers,...

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    Last week, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. donated hand-knit hats and scarfs to residents at Haven for Hope, a San Antonio-based campus housing more than 1,500 men, women and children. The items were hand-knit through Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ Wesley Health & Wellness Center as a part of their recreation and enrichment programs.  “We see health in terms of mind, body and spirit. In addition to the primary health care services offered at our Wesley Health & Wellness Center, we provide the community with a place to learn and grow through exercise classes and support groups. Our knitting classes are particularly popular for community members to make friends, and share struggles and successes while learning to knit and quilt,” explains Oanh Maroney-Omitade, vice president of community health programs at Methodist Healthcare Ministries. Items made by class participants were donated to Haven for Hope to keep residents warm in the...

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    By Cindy Bishop, RN, Wesley Nurse The 'Great American Smokeout' is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This is a day when everyone is encouraged to quit smoking for 24 hours. This year, the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas collaborated in presenting a petition to the Edinburg City Hall for a 100 percent non-smoking ordinance in our city. Although two cities in the Rio Grande Valley have total nonsmoking ordinances, no city in Hidalgo county currently has this strict a non-smoking ordinance. Perla Rivera (McAllen), who lives in Edinburg, and I heard about the petition and decided to support the cause. We attended the first (of three) scheduled public hearings at the Edinburg City Hall and sent emails to the Edinburg city councilmen to express support for the petition. It was quite amazing to actually receive a response from the councilman regarding the petition. This was the first time Perla and...

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