A three-year, $2,880,342 grant was recently awarded to The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine by the United Health Foundation to support the Colonia Integrated Care Program: VIDAS (Valley Interprofessional Development And Services). The new initiative’s purpose is to bring the region together with an interprofessional and integrated collaboration that will allow the creation of a sustainable and balanced model to provide healthcare to those more vulnerable in the community.
This grant awarded by The United Health Foundation will be crucial in establishing the Center for Colonia Integrated Care (CCIC). The staff responsible for the project will be coordinating services to target two colonies, which will include two mobile health clinics and a tele-health program. The services that will be provided as part of the project include screening, health literacy, promotion and education, and improved mental and dental health services. The project also offers training so more promoters are trained (these are health professionals that connect the project with the colonies through ethnic, cultural and language-based ties).
This grant is included in the “Helping Build Healthier Communities” program from the United Health Foundation, which is focused on improving health in communities by providing critical resources to nonprofit organizations close to those communities, and it will be administered by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley over a three-year period.
Governor Greg Abbott, who attended to the ceremony, added: “I commend the United Health Foundation for their generous support of UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine that will help improve the lives of those who rely on these services and programs. This innovative partnership will now have additional resources to help underserved communities in the Rio Grande Valley.”
Tom Quirk, the CEO of UnitedHealthcare of Texas, concluded: “United Health Foundation believes the UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, with its strong track record, can play an even more central role in developing innovative approaches to enhance people’s health and quality of life in this region.”