In January 2002, a collaboration of area residents, faith-based groups, and health and social services providers founded the Fort Worth Northside Community Health Center, Inc. (FWNCHC) as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to address the health disparities of Fort Worth’s Northside residents. After planning for 18 months, the group applied for Community Health Center funds from the Bureau of Primary Health Care/HRSA. The clinic was designated a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) eligible for federal funding in September 2005.
Funds in the amount of $650,000 were granted effective December 1, 2004. (The Secretary of HHS move the start date to September 19, 2005 due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.) On October 1, 2005, FWNCHC assumed control of the clinic through a Memorandum of Understanding with University of North Texas Health Science Center and John Peter Smith Health Network and begin operations in 2006. In 2010, the Board renames the corporation as North Texas Area Community Health Centers, Inc., – a name fitted more with the new service area and strategic direction.
Need and Health Disparities
NTACHC has served a predominately, low-income, working poor, young, uninsured and underinsured population. The service area population is comprised of 160,961 people. NTACHC operates three clinics strategically located in the Northside, and in the Southeast of the city of Fort Worth and operational in September 2015, in Arlington.
The Northside Community Health Center is located in the center of 13 federally designated medical underserved and health professional shortage census tracts in Fort Worth. Per the 2010 Census, the population in these tracts is 66,305 and is 77% Hispanics with 7% African Americans. The Hispanic population is a combination of long-term residents and newly arrived immigrants, mostly of Mexican ancestry. Sixty-six percent (66%) of the population live at or below 200% of the poverty index; 20% of households in this area have an income below $15,000 per year; with higher than normal diabetes and obesity rates.
The Southeast Community Health Center humble beginnings started in March 2009 when President Obama announced the grant funding in his economic stimulus a new clinic for the City of Fort Worth. The Southeast clinic doors were opened three months later on June 29, 2009. The service population area of the Southeast continues to change and has moved from being White to African American to Hispanic. The service area for the Southeast Clinic is urban and has a population of 65,480 people with 65% living at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline. The 2010 Census shows the following population groups: African American 16%; Hispanic 58%; and Caucasian and Other at 26%. The Southeast area has higher rates of infant mortality than other parts of the city and county, as well as higher rates of obesity, and cardiovascular disease.
The Arlington Community Health Center received HRSA Grant funds in June 2015 to operate New Access Point (NAP) in City of Arlington. The ACHC is located in designated Medically Underserved Population Area within nine census tracts. The total population in this service area is 29,176 with approximately 38% Hispanic population, and 57% African American population. According to the 2010 census, 73% the target population lives at our below 200% of the poverty level guidelines with 31.5% of households earning at or below $15,000 annually. This targeted population suffers from obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes rates that are higher than county and state rates.
NTACHC works with a number of local and state partners to advance the services they provide to all patients.
These partnerships include:
- Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
- JPS Physician Group
- American Cancer Society
- MHMR of Tarrant County
- Community Eye Clinic
- Texas Health Resources
- Moncrief Cancer Institute
- Catholic Charities
- Project Access of Tarrant County
- Cornerstone Charitable Clinic
- JPS Health Network
- United Way of Tarrant County
- Tarrant County Public Health Department
- University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health
- Epilepsy Foundation of Texas
- University of Texas Arlington School of Social Work
- UT Southwestern
NTACHC works with a number of local and state partners to advance the services they provide to all patients. These partnerships include: Department of State Health Services (DSHS), JPS Physician Group, American Cancer Society, MHMR of Tarrant County, Community Eye Clinic, Texas Health Resources, Moncrief Cancer Institute, Catholic Charities, Project Access of Tarrant County, Cornerstone Charitable Clinic, JPS Health Network, United Way of Tarrant County, Tarrant County Public Health Department, LabCorp, University of North Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health, Epilepsy Foundation of Texas, University of Texas Arlington, School of Social Work, UT Southwestern, among others.
NTACHC offers a full range of quality family-oriented comprehensive primary and preventive services, including Family Medicine, Pediatrics, OBGYN, family planning services, prenatal care, behavioral care services (depression and anxiety counseling) and health education promotion and disease prevention services.
The center has grown since its operations began in 2006 and currently the organization employs 73 employees and as the development continues the number of employees will grow in relation to the expected growth in added scope of services and clinical sites. In order to meet the demands of the community NTACHC has put together a team of health professionals needed at all key levels of the organization. The total number of 10 providers have a balanced mix of primary care specialties such as Family Medicine, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioner. In addition we have 2 certified Diabetes Health Educators and 1 Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is our Behavioral Health Provider. NTACHC health care delivery and providers are supported by support staff that include: Medical Assistants, Patient Assistance Representatives, Billing Clerks, Referral Coordinator, Community Health Workers, and Administrative staff.
The Northside Community Health Center formerly known as Albert Galvan Health Clinic has been renovated to accommodate serving more patients and extend its comprehensive primary care services and behavioral care with 16 exam rooms, diabetes management and in-house lab. The Southeast Community Health Center is located in the heart of the Southeast community at 2909 Mitchell Boulevard and provides services out of 8 exam rooms, in-house labs, diabetes management, and will be the future home of a dental clinic. Arlington Community Health Center is located at 979 N Cooper Street, Arlington Texas 76011. The facility has 16 exam rooms and approximately 10,000 Sq. ft. The facility currently operates with 1 Provider and 5 support staff. NTACHC plans to add another provider by December 2016. The total number of patients that will be served per year by this clinic will be 3,201 with 8,004 patient visits at full operational capacity with 2 providers.