Established by the Texas Legislature in 2015, THIN seeks to:
- Serve as a trusted resource for decision-makers.
- Facilitate the use of data to drive population health.
- Align and increase resources for population health.
- Support local and regional health improvement efforts.
Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Primary Care and Social Service Integration in Texas
To improve the health and well-being of their patients, healthcare innovators are working to systematically screen patients for social, economic, or other non-healthcare needs and link them with appropriate services provided internally or through community partner organizations.
Seeking to support this movement, the Texas Health Improvement Network (THIN) conducted a 15-month project, funded by the Episcopal Health Foundation, to explore the current practice of healthcare and social care integration in Texas, identify key issues impacting adoption and sustainability, and develop recommendations to advance this work in Texas. Six Texas case studies were conducted, providing a qualitative snapshot of healthcare and social care integration activities in Texas. A two-day meeting of experts and leaders from within and outside Texas was convened for a deep dive into the subject of healthcare and social care integration. Panels discussed implementation practice, outcomes, and paths to sustainability.
Videos of the sessions from the two-day meeting are viewable on YouTube.
Healthier Texas Summit Series
Texas's largest population health conference is virtual this year. Every week through October 29, 2020 there will be new virtual sessions and chances to connect digitally with health champions around Texas. All sessions will be free to attend. The Summit will conclude with a keynote from Dr. Sandro Galea, physician, epidemiologist, author, and dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. For a schedule and other information, visit the Summit website.
Rural Community Health System (RCHS) White Paper
The purpose of this project is to investigate the potential of an RCHS to address barriers to healthcare coverage and access in rural Texas, and recommend revisions to the statute currently governing RCHS to maximize benefit and minimize unintended consequences. The aims include:
- Conduct an environmental scan on health insurance coverage options in rural communities and factors contributing to low insurance coverage in rural Texas; where health insurance options are limited, describe the impact on rural physicians, hospitals, employers, and patients.
- Describe the Rural Community Health System (RCHS) concept and how an RCHS or another community-owned health plan model could potentially impact healthcare coverage options and healthcare access in rural communities;
- Identify the potential pitfalls or unintended consequences of enacting an RCHS, and propose changes to the existing law governing RCHS to maximize potential benefits and minimize pitfalls.
THIN was created by the 84th Legislature of the State of Texas through statute and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in 2015. As part of its mandate THIN provides bi-annual reports to the Legislature.
This report summarizes key issues identified through from a 2 day stakeholder meeting and provides a set of recommendations for policy makers and others committed to increasing adoption of telemedicine in Texas.
This report documents the coordinated effort of a local health department and three non-profit hospitals serving the same region to conduct a joint Community Health Needs Assessment.
This report highlights issues and provides recommendations for policy makers and others committed to the responsible use of data resources for health improvement in Texas.
With guidance from its 24–member Advisory Council, THIN developed a set of interim charges recommendations for the 86th Texas Legislature.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Texas Hospital Association
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio
Texas Medical Association
Texas e-Health Alliance
Employees Retirement System of Texas (Ret.)
UTHealth Science Center, Houston
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
UTHealth Science Center Tyler
University of Texas at Austin
Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Texas A&M University
US Public Health Service (Ret.)
Health and Human Services Commission
Health and Human Services Commission
Texas Association of Community-based Health Plans
Texas Department of State Health Services
Texas Association of Regional Councils
Episcopal Health Foundation
Octavio N. Martinez, Jr.
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center
American Heart Association
Stephen J. Spann
University of Houston College of Medicine
Texas A&M College of Medicine
UNT Health Science Center
Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.
Texas Department of Transportation
Houston Department of Health