Advocacy & Public Policy

MHM's policy goals support the mission of "Serving Humanity to Honor God." The policy agenda reflects MHM's efforts "To serve by improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of those least served in the Southwest Texas Conference area of The United Methodist Church." The organization, and thus its policy development, is guided by the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church.

The policy agenda is carried out by:

  • Increasing the public's understanding of how health policies impact their communities.
  • Strengthening and cultivating relationships with other groups concerned with health policy.
  • Advocating for policies that enhance the health and well-being of families and their communities.

MHM's public policy and advocacy efforts at the state level encompass the following objectives:

  • Increase access to primary care and mental health services in both the public and private sectors.
  • Increase state efforts at addressing the prevention of chronic illnesses—particularly obesity and diabetes—through healthcare education initiatives.
  • Promote state policies that increase the healthcare workforce for the least served.
  • Promote policies that strengthen the social, educational, and economic opportunities that improve health outcomes for families.

Other issues MHM supports and monitors include:

  • Improving access to oral health treatment to low-income populations and the uninsured.
  • Improve access to health care for immigrants.
  • Improving Texas' immunization rate of children, and reducing the incidence of asthma in children.
  • Helping low-income women access breast and cervical cancer treatment.
  • Reducing barriers that impact the care of children in custody of relatives.
  • Improving Health Information Technology (HIT) for organizations that serve low-income populations.

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