Public Health Region 8 - Community Health Improvement

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Katherine Velasquez, R.N., Ph.D.
Community Health Improvement Manager
7430 Louis Pasteur
San Antonio, Texas 78229
210-949-2091
Katherine.velasquez@dshs.texas.gov


Bridget Wahler, RN
Community Health Improvement Supervisor
7430 Louis Pasteur Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78229
210-949-2081
Bridget.Wahler@dshs.texas.gov


Mission

To improve the health and well-being of Texas families by increasing access to health care through community collaboration, with a focus on prevention.

Purpose

The Family and Community Health Services encompass multiple programs directed toward the health and wellbeing of women and children.  Services provided in the Region 8 field offices (12) located in Bandera, Boerne, Del Rio, Floresville, Goliad, Hallettsville, Karnes, Kerrville, Pearsall, Seguin, Uvalde include:

  • Population based services (health education, community collaboration and partnerships, health promotion and prevention)
  • Spinal screening and training
  • Family planning referral
  • Child health screening referral
  • Perinatal hepatitis B training to hospitals
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Vision and hearing testing
  • Immunizations
  • Social service referrals
  • Case management services
  • Health education and technical assistance

Links

Maternal Health Care Bureau, Title V Information System
Department of State Health Services Adolescent Health Program
Breast and Cervical Cancer in Texas
Department of State Health Services Epilepsy Services
Family Planning in Texas
Department of State Health Services Genetic Services
County Indigent Health Care Program
Maternal & Child Health (MCH)
Primary Health Care in Texas
Spinal Screening Program
Community Health Improvement Division 

Last updated April 8, 2020