A policy issue brief from the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy at Milken Institute School of Public Health examines the Episcopal Health Foundation’s (TX) $10 million Texas Community-Centered Health Homes (CCHH) Initiative and its implications for Medicaid managed care policy and practice.

As implemented across participating community health center sites in Texas, the CCHH model shows the value of using health care as the major initial entry point into better health for patients and communities. The researchers interviewed five CCHH grantees and found that when community centers received funding to support community-wide health improvement activities, they were able to incorporate broader health improvement innovations alongside basic primary care and bring real health change to underserved communities. The authors discuss the avenues for making community health improvement a core feature of Medicaid managed care.

Download the brief.