What is TACHI?
Episcopal Health Foundation launched the Texas Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (TACHI) in October, 2020. It’s an $8+ million multi-year initiative to support the development of financially sustainable, multi-sector community health collaboratives in six Texas communities.
TACHI Improves Communities
TACHI will offer collaboratives grant funding, technical assistance, and peer-learning opportunities around topics related to health equity, community engagement, governance, data infrastructure, strategy development, etc. The initiative aims to position collaboratives to advance community-led, financially sustainable social determinants of health (SDOH) strategies that improve health outcomes.
Leveraging Accountable Communities For Health
This multi-year initiative will support existing collaboratives in our region to become high-functioning and sustainable entities known as Accountable Communities for Health (ACH).
ACHs are community-based partnerships formed across sectors such as healthcare, housing, social services, public health, employment training, and economic development, to focus on a shared vision and responsibility for the health of the community.
1. Austin Rundberg »
The Austin Rundberg area is a neighborhood located in the City of Austin bounded by I-35 and Mopac. The backbone organization is Go Austin/Vamos Austin (GAVA). GAVA is a community-driven and resident-led nonprofit organization committed to building community power to address health inequities and neighborhood stability.
2. Bastrop County »
Bastrop County is a rapidly growing community located east of Austin. The backbone organization is Bastrop County Cares (BCC). BCC is a county-wide nonprofit working to develop comprehensive community initiatives by identifying community priorities and bringing together collaborative partnerships that will result in community solutions.
3. Brazos Valley »
Brazos Valley is a seven-county region in Central Texas anchored around Brazos County which is home to the cities of College Station and Bryan. Texas A&M Health Science Center will serve as the backbone organization for this collaborative. Current partners include CHI St. Joseph Regional Health System, HealthPoint and Project Unity.
4. Greater Northside – Houston »
Greater Northside comprises a set of neighborhoods located north of downtown Houston. Avenue Community Development Corporation (Avenue CDC) is a nonprofit affordable housing and community development organization that will serve as the backbone group for this collaborative. Current partners include Memorial Hermann Health System, Wesley Community Center, and the YMCA.
5. Gregg County »
Longview is a city located in northeast Texas and serves as the county seat for Gregg County. The City of Longview will serve as the backbone organization for this TACHI site with the following local partners: Longview Regional Medical Center, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System, Community Healthcore, Gregg County, the United Way, and Special Health Resources.
6. Williamson County »
Williamson County is rapidly growing suburban county located north of Austin. Georgetown Health Foundation is serving as the backbone group for the Greater Longview Optimal Wellness – Gregg County TACHI site. Current partners include the United Way for Greater Austin, the Williamson County and Cities Health District, Ascension Seton, and Lone Star Circle of Care.