Monthly Update
 July 2014
CCC Board of Directors Meeting Dates:

 All Board meetings will be held at 2:00pm at 1111 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702 and can be changed or added as needed.

  • August 12, 2014 
  • September 9, 2014 
  • October 14, 2014  
All meetings of the Board of Managers of Central Health and the Board of the CCC are open to the public. 


One of two monthly meetings of the BOM of Central Health is streamed live. Audio of Central Health Board meetings is available on 


  * The BOM of Central Health must approve budgets of the CCC in an open meeting.

:: 512-978-8164

Contact: Mark Hernandez
A Note from the CMO  
Mark Hernandez, MD
Chief Medical Officer


This month's newsletter highlights our Mobile Health Teams Project. As you will read, this project extends healthcare delivery into areas of the community that are underserved, which not only increases access to care, but will allow the CCC to help plan future service expansion throughout the county. The CCC is performing 14 other DSRIP projects in addition to this one, and each of these projects, besides serving to help us secure federal funding for Health Care transformation, contributes to the integrated delivery system of healthcare delivery we are constructing here in Travis County. Soon, we will begin to talk to you about the specific foundational and functional elements of the IDS, and this will begin to transform care delivery.


                    -- Mark

Transforming Care - Mobile Health Teams




The Community Care Collaborative (CCC) is increasing access to needed health care services through the development of its Mobile Health Teams (MHTs), one of 15 Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Projects it is launching as part of the 1115 Waiver. With this project, the CCC will provide basic primary care services to underserved areas and populations, through a mix of walk-in and scheduled appointments. In conjunction with other DSRIP projects that build critical infrastructure, expand access to care, and ensure that patients receive the right services in the right place at the right time, this project extends services to underserved areas and populations of Travis County.


Stopping at predetermined sites on a fixed schedule, the Mobile Health Teams offer Primary care services for  adults of all ages, children and pregnant women, as well as chronic disease management' on-site basic blood tests and urinalysis, health risk screenings; and referral to behavioral health and social services.

Currently in Demonstration Year (DY) 3 of the Waiver's five-year program, the project goals are to deploy three mobile health teams and provide 4800 annual visits by DY5. 



Earlier this year, the CCC selected CommUnityCare to launch the Mobile Health Teams project, with Patricia Barrera acting as the project's Practice Administrator.  Two vans have been purchased for the program and are parked overnight at CommUnityCare's Hancock Clinic, where supplies and materials are stored.  From the Hancock Clinic, the teams travel to:
  • Hornsby Bend Fire Station, located in Travis County east of 130, at 14308 Hunters Bend Road, 78725, Tuesdays through Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; 
  • Volunteer Healthcare Clinic, located in Central Austin at 4215 Medical Parkway, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays;
  • All Saints Episcopal Church at 209 West 27th Street from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays; and
  • The Christo Rey Food Pantry at 2209 East 2nd Street on Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

The Teams also visit health fairs to provide screenings, vaccinations and referrals to care for attendees.  Additional information on the MHT's services, locations and hours can be obtained by calling 512-574-1003.


Other locations and partnerships for the MHTs are under development, including potential work with organizations such as the City of Austin's African American Quality of Life Program, the Housing Authority of the City of Austin, Child Inc., the County's Head Start Program provider; Meals on Wheels, and others. 




The two teams have different compositions.  Each has a Registered Nurse (RN), a Case Manager and a Medical Admitting Clerk (MAC).  One team also travels with a Medical Doctor (MD) and a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D.) while the second team travels with a Physician's Assistant (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (NP) and a Dietician. In DY4, another PA/NP team will be added.


Barrerra notes that the most positive impact the MHTs have is in patient education and outreach. When patients are aware of how and where they can access MHTs, their access to care improves, they establish a relationship with community providers and, in turn, create a change in the way health care is delivered. The team's future goal is to provide sustained support and follow-up care in efforts to alleviate unnecessary utilization of the hospital's Emergency Department.

Leader Spotlight


Patricia Barrera, MA, LPC, 

has been a health care professional for the past 13 years working in a variety of areas from health insurance enrollment, to case management, to practice administration.  She currently serves as CommUnityCare's Health Center Practice Administrator at the ARCH (Austin Resource Center for the Homeless) and for the DSRIP Mobile Health Teams.  Patricia's specialty and interests lie in working with vulnerable and disenfranchised populations such as in the mental health arena and with homeless populations.


Patricia received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Psychology from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, and a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling from St. Edwards University. Recently she became a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), by the State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. As a member of the Texas Homeless Network and the International Association of Trauma Professionals, she stays active in both the state and local community in her field of practice. As a bicultural and bilingual professional, she works with varied populations utilizing her experience in healthcare management, crisis intervention, substance abuse therapy, and case management.

Update on Southeast Health and Wellness Center


The demolition is complete on the new Southeast Health and Wellness Center and work is currently underway on the inside of the facility.  We encourage you to periodically check the Central Health website (

for more updates or sign up through the Latino HealthCare Forum to receive progress and upcoming events by clicking here.

Photo galleries of site construction since March 2014 can be viewed by clicking  here.