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Under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act, states have an opportunity to redesign the delivery of Medicaid services through a five year waiver funding. This extension allows for programs in Texas to fund projects for the improvement on the quality of health services and a reduction of healthcare costs.

The health department is eligible for up to 5% of the community project “pot.” Though it may not seem like much, that 5% is about $14M, the largest infusion of non-property tax revenue in the history of the department.


The City of El Paso health department will use the Medicaid waiver receipts to expand preventive health services and/or collaborate with community partners.

 

Medicaid Waiver Projects:/Proyectos de Medicaid: 

  • Three-year Health Initiative
  • Border Public Health Interest Group
  • Community Health Atlas
  • Mobile Dental Clinic
  • Health Information Exchange
  • Neighborhood Fire Stations for Health Screening/Health Promotion

Services:

  • Immunizations
  • Cancer Screenings
  • Hepatitis C linkage to care and resources
  • Dental Exams (21 and younger)
  • Glucose and Blood Pressure Check
  • Teen Health Initiative 
  • Health Education
 

Vaccinations for Health

PROGRAM AND PARTNER PUBLICATIONS

Title:  Assessing the Impact of a Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver Program on Cancer Screening and Vaccination Rates among the Medicaid, Low-Income, and Uninsured Population of the City of El Paso and surrounding U.S./Mexico Border Region

Authors:  Claudia Lozano, MPH, CHES; Rosemary Hash, MPH; Rosie Orozco; Laura Perez

Affiliation: City of El Paso Department of Public Health – Medicaid Waiver Program

Type: Poster

 

Title:  Neighborhood Fire Stations Serve as Venues for Preventive Health Services: An Innovative Partnership Between Health and Fire Departments

Authors: Ivonne Marquez, BS, CHES; Claudia Lozano, MPH, CHES

Affiliation: City of El Paso Department of Public Health – Medicaid Waiver Program

Type: Poster

 

Title: The Implementation of Mobile and Clinic-based Strategies to Aid the Increase of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Rate in El Paso County, Texas for Adolescents

Author:  Monica Leal, MPA, CHES

Affiliation: City of El Paso Department of Public Health – Medicaid Waiver Program

Type: Poster

 

Title: Using a Reasoned Action Approach to Predict organized Exercise in Hispanics: Preliminary Findings

Authors: Mariana Arevalo, MPH & Louis D. Brown, PhD

Affiliation: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health

Type: Poster

 

Title: Evaluation of Healthy Fit: A Community Health Worker Model to Address Hispanic Health Disparities

Authors:  Louis D. Brown, PhD1; Denise Vasquez, MPH1; Jennifer J. Salinas, PhD2; Xiaohui Tang, MS1; Hector Balcázar, PhD3

Affiliation: 1The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, El Paso, Texas. 2Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, El Paso, Texas. 3Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, California.

Type: Article

 

Title: Promoting Hispanic Health Via Community Health Workers and Motivational Interviewing

Authors:   Erin M. Portillo1, Denise Vasquez, MPH2, Louis D. Brown, PhD2

Affiliation: 1.Department of Psychology, The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968 2.School of Public Health in El Paso, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston El Paso, TX 79968

Type: Poster

 

Title:  Identifying risk and protective factors for heart health among Hispanics in the Texas-Mexico border

Authors:  Lauren Chacon1 & Louis D. Brown2, Ph.D.

Affiliation:  1The University of Texas at El Paso, 2The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health

Type: Poster

 

Title:  Acculturation effects on Body Mass Index and Body Fat Percentage

Authors:  Luis Alberto Magallanes 2,Louis D. Brown, Ph.D.1 Denise Vasquez, MPH1

Affiliation:  1. School of public Health, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health) 2. Department of Psychology, The University of Texas at El Paso

Type: Poster

 

Title:  Diffusion in the Acceptance of Influenza Vaccination following the Pattern of Technology Adoption

Authors: 

Affiliation:  The University of Texas at El Paso

Type: Article

 

Title: Causes of Mortality by Ethnicity and Gender in the USA: An advanced Comparative Analysis 

Authors: 

Affiliation:  The University of Texas at El Paso

Type: Article

 

Title:  Can a Glucose-Based Hydrogen and Methane Breath Test Detect Bacterial Overgrowth in the Jejunum?

Authors:  Olof H. Sundin, PhD 1, Antonio Mendoza-Ladd, MD 2, Elisa Morales, MS 1, B. Matthew Fagan, MS 2, Mingtao Zeng, PhD 1, Diana Diaz-Arévalo, PhD 1, Javier Ordonez, MS 3, and Richard W. McCallum, MD 2*

Affiliation: 1Department of Biomedical Sciences, 2Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, 3Biostatistics Unit, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso, 5001 El Paso Drive, El Paso TX 79905  

Type: Article

 

Title:  Profiling Oral Bacteria by Next Generation DNA Sequencing

Authors:  Olof H. Sundin, Ph.D., Elisa Morales

Affiliation:  Department of Biomedical Sciences Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso

Type: Presentation

 

Title:  Prevalence of Risk Factors for Metabolic Syndrome in Uninsured Hispanic Adults from Low Income Communities in El Paso, Texas

Authors:  Juan Aguilera MD, MPH 1,2, Gabriel Ibarra-Mejia MD, PHD1, Alisha Redelfs DrPH1,2, Leah Whigham PHD, FTOS 1,2

Affiliation:  University of Texas at El Paso1, Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living2

Type: Poster

 

Title:  Associations between SES factors, nativity, acculturation and health outcomes and access to healthcare among two Hispanic samples in the U.S.-Mexico border region [In preparation]

Authors:  Latz I, Aguilera J, Lusk M, Ferreira-Pinto J

Affiliation:  The University of Texas at El Paso

Type: Article

 

Title:  Prevalence of Risk Factors for Metabolic Syndrome in Uninsured Hispanic Adults from Low Income Communities in El Paso, Texas

Authors:  Aguilera J, Ibarra-Mejia G, Ferreira-Pinto J, Duarte-Gardea M

Affiliation:  The University of Texas at El Paso

Type: Thesis

 

Title:  The Human jejunum has an endogenous microbiota that differs from this in the oral cavity and colon

Authors:  Olof H. Sundin1*†, Antonio Mendoza-Ladd2†, Mingtao Zeng1, Diana Diaz-Arévalo1, Elisa Morales1,

B. Matthew Fagan1, Javier Ordoñez3, Philip Velez1, Nishaal Antony2 and Richard W. McCallum2

Affiliation:  1Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Sciences

Center at El Paso

Type: Article

 

 

Title:  High prevalence of obesity and cardiovascular risk factors in Hispanic population without health insurance

Authors:  Del Rio K, Aguilera J, Whigham L.

Affiliation:  The University of Texas at El Paso

Type: Poster

 

Title:  Evidence Based Screenings for Cardiorespiratory Health Outcomes in Low Income Communities from El Paso Texas

Authors:  Aguilera J, Del Rio K,

Affiliation:  The University of Texas at El Paso

Type: Presentation

 

Title:  Prevalence of Obesity and Risk Factors for Metabolic Syndrome among Uninsured College Hispanic Students in El Paso Texas

Authors:  Del Rio K, Aguilera J, Whigham L.

Affiliation:  The University of Texas at El Paso

Type: Poster

 

Program Location

5115 El Paso Drive
El Paso, TX 79905
Phone 915-212-6629

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

MISSION STATEMENT:

Improve the access and provision of preventive health services for Medicaid and low-income uninsured population in the El Paso and Hudspeth counties