Community Health Programs in San Antonio, Texas
As an integrated health system, University Health promotes the health of our community through preventive care, treatment of illness and injury, and access to compassionate health care services.
The University Health Institute for Public Health leverages these strengths, including effective communication, a skilled health care workforce, community partnerships and a sophisticated technology infrastructure to improve population health and health equity throughout Bexar County.
Our goal is to provide everyone with access to resources for their physical and mental health. We partner with organizations around South Texas to provide grants and assistance so you can live your best life.
University Health cares about each of our patients, regardless of income level. We offer the CareLink financial assistance program to Bexar County families who do not have health insurance and do not qualify for other coverage.
While CareLink is not health insurance, it helps make health care services at University Health more affordable.
SMASH (SUBSTANCE MISUSE AWARENESS & SEXUAL HEALTH)
SMASH aims to prevent substance misuse and the transmission of HIV and hepatitis among minority young men, in Bexar County who are at risk for substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.
What SMASH offers:
- A judgment-free, safe environment to discuss your health needs and questions
- Free prevention services for substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, specifically:
- Condom distribution
- HIV/hepatitis testing
- Peer support
- PrEP (HIV prevention pill)
- Screening for substance abuse risk
- Referrals to treatment and other support services (e.g. housing, employment, etc.)
RECOVERY OPPORTUNITIES AND REENTRY SERVICES PLUS (ROARS+) – EXPANSION
ROARS+ prevents and reduces substance use among minority adults with substance use or co-occurring disorders who are reentering the community from the Bexar County Adult Detention Center. ROARS+ also aims to increase access to and retention in substance use treatment and recovery support services.
Follow ROARS+ on Instagram or Facebook @ROARSPlus. For more information, download our brochure.
STRONGARM (ADDICTION RECOVERY FOR MEN)
StrongARM aims to increase engagement in care for racial and ethnic minority individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders (COD). StrongARM is for people living with HIV or at risk for acquiring HIV in Bexar County, Texas.
The primary goals of StrongARM are to:
- Prevent or reduce substance use among clients
- Show an increase in access and engagement in HIV care with an improved quality of life
- Reduce the HCV/HIV risk among clients through testing and prevention education
The program also aims to contribute to the nation’s achievement of the 90-90-90 goals regarding HIV status and treatment.
- Access to HIV/HCV testing
- Screening for substance use disorder and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders
- Peer recovery support services (provided by someone with lived experience)
- Navigation services and referrals
- Strength-based case management
- Access to eight weeks of intensive outpatient treatment at Lifetime Recovery
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
If you are a provider or organization who would like to refer a patient or client, please visit our referral form.
ZERO SUICIDE PROGRAM
More than 70% of people who died by suicide saw their primary care provider at least once within the year prior to their death.
University Health Zero Suicide Program aims to reduce suicide attempts and deaths among adults by using a comprehensive, multi-setting suicide prevention and intervention approach. This approach uses the seven elements of the Zero Suicide Model.
Zero Suicide Program aims to:
- Improve suicide screening protocols and treatment referrals at primary care visits
- Improve care and outcomes for patients at-risk for suicide
- Create a leadership-driven and safety-oriented culture
CRISIS SERVICES: 24/7
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988 (English & Spanish)
Crisis TEXT Line: Text HOME to 741741
TEXAS WEARS CONDOMS (TWC) | HIV PREVENTION
The purpose of TWC is to reduce the spread of HIV/STDs in Texas. TWC does this by:
- Expanding free condom access
- Improving condom knowledge
- Destigmatizing condoms/condom use by shipping condoms to any adult in Texas at no cost
In 2021, our services were expanded to offer FREE at-home HIV test kits to eligible Texas residents. Visit texaswearscondoms.com to order your free prevention resources.
RURAL MATERNITY AND OBSTETRICS MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES (RMOMS) PROGRAM
RMOMS improves maternal and neonatal outcomes through the delivery and access of preconception, pregnancy, labor and delivery postpartum services.
RMOMS’ focus areas include:
- Rural hospital obstetric service aggregation
- Network approach to coordinating a continuum of care
- Leveraging telehealth and specialty care
- Financial sustainability
FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAM
The Family Planning Program provides family planning services to women and men who meet certain income and residency requirements.
These services help people:
- Determine the number and spacing of their children
- Reduce unintended pregnancies
- Improve future pregnancy and birth outcomes
- Improve general health
For more information, download our brochure.
HEALTHY TEXAS WOMEN (HTW) PROGRAM
The Healthy Texas Women program provides family planning and reproductive health services to eligible women in Texas. These services help women plan their families, whether it is to achieve, postpone or prevent pregnancy. These services have a positive effect on future pregnancy planning and general health.
For more information, download our brochure.
INTEGRATED FAMILY PLANNING OPIOID RESPONSE PROJECT (IFPOR)
The Opioid Program is a partnership of providers and clinics within University Health’s Family Planning Program which provides Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and counseling to help patients with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).
With guidelines established by the Family Planning Program, our staff will help guide you through eligibility, screening and referral for treatment.
HEPATITIS VIRAL INFECTION AND SYSTEMATIC TREATMENT ALLIANCE (HEPVISTA)
HepVISTA focuses on preventing liver cancer in adults. The program supports screening for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), provides comprehensive patient and provider education, one-on-one navigation services for patients diagnosed with HCV.
- Wear the Gown: Hepatitis C Risks and Symptoms
- Real Men Wear Gowns: Hepatitis C
- Wear the Gown: Hepatitis C Diagnosis and Treatment
- Wear the Gown: HepVISTA Program
RYAN WHITE PART A, PART B, AND PART D/HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH AIDS (HOPWA)
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS programs provide care for people living in the San Antonio area with HIV/AIDS. These programs are for people who are low-income, uninsured and underserved.
Parts A and B are geared toward the same population group, while Part D targets women, infants, children and affected family members.
The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program provides housing assistance and supportive services for low-income people with HIV/AIDS and their families.
For more information, please visit fam210.com or follow @famtwo10 on Facebook or Instagram.
ENDING THE HIV EPIDEMIC: A PLAN FOR AMERICA – RYAN WHITE HIV/AIDS PROGRAM PART A AND B (RWHAP)
Ending the Epidemic, or Operation BRAVE (Bexar County Response and Victory to Ending the Epidemic), seeks to improve access to HIV treatment in Bexar County.
- Increasing organizational capacity
- Disseminating information
- Engaging the public and local community
- Implementing emerging practices
- Encouraging retention in care, re-engagement in care and adherence counseling
- Utilizing the provision of RWHAP core medical and support services
- Developing data infrastructure and systems linkages
For more information, visit operationbravesa.com or follow @operationbrave on Instagram, @braveoperation on Facebook or on Twitter @operation_brave.
POSITIVE LINKS FOR YOUTH AND EMERGING ADULTS (PL4Y)
Young and emerging adults (18-29 years old) living with HIV are the least likely to engage in HIV care or achieve virus suppression. The primary purpose of PL4Y is to adapt an existing mobile health intervention to the specific needs and developmental stages of youth and emerging adults with HIV in South Texas.
The program will also advance the knowledge on the utility, acceptability and processes of development for mental health interventions for young and emerging adults living with HIV.
NAVIGATION TO CESSATION (N2C)
The Navigation to Cessation (N2C) program aims to increase tobacco prevention awareness, increase tobacco screening, and decrease tobacco usage among adults living with HIV in Bexar County. This program will help HIV-positive patients reduce their rates of tobacco use and lung cancer.
Follow Navigation to Cessation (N2C) on Instagram and Facebook @Navigation2Cessation.
The Refugee Clinic at University Health provides screening, assessment, referral and follow-up services for official Refugees (Amerasian-Immigrants, entrants and parolees from Cuba and Haiti, asylees).
Clients receive a refugee physical exam, immunizations and lab testing for specific issues as defined by the client’s home country. If any of them need additional services, they are referred appropriately.
HOW I STAY SAFE PROGRAM
The How I Stay Safe citywide calendar contest is designed to develop injury prevention awareness in youth, ages 4-12, and help them practice safety at home, on the road and at school. A total of 12 winners in San Antonio and Bexar County will be announced each year. Prizes are awarded to the top four in each of the age categories (4-6 years old; 7-8 years old; 9-12 years old).
Drawings must give a positive message about preventing injuries. Topics include:
- Fire prevention
- Poison safety
- Safety during playtime
- Sports safety
- Stranger danger
- Traffic safety
- Violence prevention
- Water safety
The contest helps teachers incorporate injury prevention lessons into their curriculum.
Entry forms can be submitted online. Acceptable digital artwork formats include GIF, JPG, JPEG and PDF.
SALUD POR VIDA PROGRAM
Salud Por Vida (Health for Life) is a 12-week health promotion program for CareLink members who have diabetes or hypertension. The program focuses on self-management practices and healthy lifestyle behaviors. Six sessions are offered virtually in both English and Spanish:
- Salud Por Vida Introduction
- How to Control Blood Pressure
- Control Your Diabetes
- Fitness and Exercise
- Eating Well Por Su Salud
- Medication Adherence
For each session you attend, you will receive a $50 credit toward your CareLink balance. If you attend all six sessions, you will receive an additional $50, for a total of $350 toward your CareLink balance.
CONNECTING KIDS TO COVERAGE
Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) offer free or low-cost health insurance for children and teens up to age 19. Children can get:
- Dental care
- Hospital care
- Mental health services
- Regular check-ups
- Sick visits
Children in a family of four earning up to $52,668 a year may qualify. Watch this short video to learn more about enrolling your kids.