Key Partners

St. David’s Foundation is a co-funder and partner for the TACHI project and provides additional support to three Central Texas sites (Austin Rundberg, Bastrop County, and Williamson County) as they implement multi-sector partnerships to improve community health.

Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) serves as the Project Management Office (PMO) for Episcopal Health Foundation’s TACHI project. PCCI is a leading nonprofit, data science, and innovation organization affiliated with Parkland Health & Hospital System, one of the country’s largest and most progressive safety-net hospitals. As the PMO, the PCCI team will provide their unique breadth of expertise, experience, and insight to ensure that the TACHI is positioned for long-term success. PCCI through its PMO role will be responsible for coordinating, facilitating, and managing all TACHI activities, including but not limited to the learning community, technical assistance, and regular communications with TACHI sites.
 
Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) serve as the external Evaluator for TACHI. GHPC, housed within Georgia State University’s nationally ranked Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, integrates research, policy, and programs to advance health and well-being. GHPC’s evaluation portfolio spans the layers of the socio-ecological model and includes individual, multi-site, and meta-level evaluations of community change initiatives and programmatic activities. GHPC conducts evaluations to stimulate program improvement, contribute to learning, and assess impact. As the Evaluator, GHPC will conduct both formative and summative evaluation of TACHI to help the PMO and EHF understand how the initiative is making progress towards the stated goals as well as to capture short-and long-term outcomes of the work.


Direct TACHI Technical Assistance Providers

  • Eileen Nehme, Ph.D. is an independent consultant who was formerly Program Director of the Texas Health Improvement Network and Assistant Professor for Population Health at The University of Texas System. She has decades of experience in public health and community health intervention design and implementation. Dr. Nehme can be critical to helping TACHI sites think through developing evidence-informed community-based interventions.
  • Ken Janda is the principal of Wild Blue Health Solutions, LLC. Before starting Wild Blue Health Solutions, Ken was CEO of Community Health Choice, Inc., for 11 years. Ken also served as Vice President at Compass Consulting and Benefits, as Houston Market President for Humana, and with Aetna and Prudential in marketing, finance, and management of provider networks nationally. Ken works alongside Rosie to help TACHI sites think through financial sustainability, engage healthcare insurance plans, develop a value proposition, etc.
  • Rosie Valadez-McStay was a hospital executive that led government relations and community benefits departments at the nation’s largest children’s hospital system (Texas Children’s) for over twenty years. Rosie is an expert in pediatric and maternal health care policies specific to Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), 1115 Medicaid waivers, managed care, community health collaborations, and population health. She works closely with Ken Janda to help TACHI grantees think through financial sustainability.
  • Natasha Goburdhun is Vice President, Connected Communities of Care at PCCI. She has over 20 years of strategic planning and operations experience in the health plan, provider, and community-based organization sectors. Natasha is our technical assistance around data sharing, data storytelling, and data governance.  
  • Jacqueline Naeem, MD, is a Senior Medical Director at PCCI. At PCCI, Jacqueline led the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which has some similarities to TACHI. Jacqueline can provide technical assistance to TACHI grantees on designing SDOH interventions oriented around clinic-community partnerships, including screening patients for social needs, establishing clinic-community closed-loop referral networks, community health worker workforce development and operations, etc.
  • Nadia Siddiqui is the former Chief Health Equity Officer at Texas Health Institute. She has both Texas-based and national experience around health equity and can be critical to helping TACHI grantees think through operationalizing and embedding health equity in their TACHI work.
  • Troy Bush-DiDonato is a Community Engagement Officer at the Episcopal Health Foundation. Troy is here to help TACHI grantees think through effective strategies to authentically engage and integrate “grassroots” and “grasstops” into your TACHI planning and implementation.



Additional Subject Matter Experts

  • Kitty Bailey is the Chief Executive Officer at San Diego Wellness Collaborative. Kitty led the development, maturation, and sustaining of an Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) in San Deigo, California. One unique innovation that Kitty pioneered in San Diego to sustain her ACH work was developing a social service independent practice association (IPA), which served as a vehicle for social services organizations to collectively bargain and negotiate with health insurance companies and other payers in San Deigo. She can be a helpful sounding board for TACHI grantees to think through what it is like to design, implement, and sustain an ACH initiative.
  • Elizabeth Lutz is the Executive Director of the San Antion Health Collaborative. Elizabeth leads the only certified Pathways Community HUB in Texas and can provide knowledge from her experience implementing Pathways Community HUB model in Texas. 

TACHI Sites

1 Austin Rundberg TACHI Site
• 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 TACHI Site
• Bastrop County is a rapidly growing county 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 TACHI Site
• 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 and the current partners include CHI St. Joseph Regional Health System, HealthPoint and Project Unity.

4 Greater Northside – Houston TACHI Site
• 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 for this collaborative alongside current partners including Memorial Hermann Health System, Wesley Community Center, and the YMCA.

5 Greater Longview Optimal Wellness – Gregg County TACHI Site
• 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 TACHI Site
• Williamson County is rapidly growing suburban county located north of Austin. Georgetown Health Foundation is serving as the backbone organization for this TACHI site and the current partners include the United Way for Greater Austin, the Williamson County and Cities Health District, Ascension Seton, and Lone Star Circle of Care.