Huston-Tillotson Community Health Center Growing in East Austin

Huston-Tillotson University’s Sandra Joy Anderson Community Health and Wellness Center is the first community health resource established on a historically black college campus.

Seeing about 50 patients a day, the center caters to an underserved and growing black and Hispanic population in Austin, Texas., and stands in the gap to give needed health assessment and consultation where cost for students and neighbors is an area of concern.

The Texas Observer profiles the center’s work.

Funded entirely by a $3 million contribution from Ada Cecilia Collins, a 94-year-old Huston-Tillotson alumna, the 12,000-square-foot clinic is operated by CommUnityCare, a network of 25 primary care centers serving uninsured and low-income Austinites. The clinic has 22 exam rooms and a large waiting area with soothing violet walls.

It is also the first federally qualified health center to open on a historically black college campus.

CITATION: Texas Observer

The clinic is part of a broader city effort to study and address the health inequities that persist among racial minorities, a goal other big Texas cities including Houston and El Paso have adopted in recent years, as income inequality grows and poor Texans struggle to access health care.

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