Category: Community Cares

Video: More Than a Health Plan

Community Health Choice isn’t just your health plan. We’re your partner in making Texas a better place to live, thrive, and be well. We focus on connecting you to the best, most affordable health care and resources, not just when you’re sick but to make sure you stay healthy as well. We work life forward for you and your family. That means while we provide health resources and advice you can trust, we also provide resources and programs focused around social support, community support, job training and education. This includes such topics as: Money management education Job training Career advancement Early childhood development Reading readiness Our Life Services team extends our reach to Community Members. Two programs our Life Services team developed and manage include our KinderReady and CareerReady programs.

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Video: Diontre’s Story

Diontre grew up as the youngest of five children. She was rich in the fact that she was surrounded by family, but they were not well off.  Her mom did not have a high school diploma and never held a steady job. However, Diontre and her siblings never realized their family lived paycheck to paycheck. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfk7xo5w-HoIn high school, Diontre skipped so much school during her senior year that she was kicked out. The principal told her she could not graduate. Diontre was devastated and upset with herself. She met with the principal and a counselor to work out a plan. Through hard work, perseverance and a stringent schedule, she graduated.  Among her group of friends, five girls had routinely skipped school with her. Diontre was the only one of the five

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Video: CareerReady Scholar Raul Aguirre

Raul was awarded the CareerReady Scholarship when he was a 2018 high school senior at AAMA Sanchez Charter School. Through CareerReady, Raul was able to complete the A+ IT program at Houston Community College. With the help of his Life Coach, Raul created his resume and started applying for jobs. It was difficult to find a job he was eligible for because he had no work experience. To give him hands-on work experience, Community created an entry level apprenticeship called CareerReady 2.0 in their IT department. This work experience gave Raul the opportunity to shine and improve his skill set. The mentorship he received from his supervisors motivated him to go back to school and further his education. Currently, Raul is a thriving employee in Community’s IT department and is enrolled in

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Helping Our Students Thrive

Community Conversations: Helping Our Students through the COVID-19 Pandemic On May 4, 2021, Greater Houston area education experts joined our fourth Community Conversations live event discussing the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students. For this panel, we were joined by Tysheka McKinnie, Assistant Principal, Goodman ACE Elementary School, in the Aldine Independent School District Adeeb Barqawi, President and CEO of ProUnitas, a Texas nonprofit connecting students for life resources. Adeeb was a physics teacher at Kashmere High School in Northeast Houston Matt Barnes, co-founder and parent coach for The Education Game, helping parents equip their students as learners, and a longtime educational leader, and Moderator Jaundrea Clay, reporter and editor at the Houston Chronicle, and founding editor of HouWeAre, the Chronicle’s newsletter examining the intersection of race, identity

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Better Coverage At Lower Costs: ARP + SEP = Health Savings

Community Conversations: How to save on health coverage during the Special Enrollment Period On April 6, 2021, Texas health leaders joined our third Community Conversations live event answering questions about the current Special Enrollment Period (SEP).  The American Rescue Plan, recently passed by Congress and signed by President Biden, contains significant provisions to help Americans obtain health insurance during an extended Special Enrollment Period through August 15, 2021. We’re grateful to leaders from Episcopal Health Foundation, Young Invincibles, Every Texan, and the Texas Association of Community Health Plans, who joined Community President and CEO Lisa Wright to discuss eligibility and enrollment for coverage and savings. Click here to watch the recording from the live conversation, complete with participant Q&A.  If you’re interested in obtaining coverage during the Special Enrollment Period,

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Straight Talk on the Vaccine in Asian and Hispanic Communities

Community hosts live events to help Texans understand the COVID-19 vaccines On March 23, 2021, Community gathered Texas health and community leaders to answer questions and engage in “straight talk” about the COVID-19 vaccine. The conversation was specifically designed to address concerns among Asian and Hispanic communities and was moderated by Houston Chronicle reporter Gwendolyn Wu. Panelists described their confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines while discussing unique needs among Asian and Hispanic families and neighborhoods. More than 4,000 people have viewed the livestream. Click here to watch the recording from the live conversation, complete with participant Q&A.  This popular event followed a COVID-19 vaccine webinar with Black leaders. 

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Straight Talk on the COVID-19 Vaccine from Black Health Leaders

Community partners with health leaders to help Texans understand the COVID-19 vaccines On March 1, 2021, Houston area health and community leaders gathered for “straight talk” and Q&A about the COVID-19 vaccine. The conversation was specifically designed to address concerns from Black communities. Panelists shared their confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines while also describing how discrimination and racism can damage trust in American health care systems. More than 4,500 people viewed the Facebook simulcast of the livestream, while another 900 Texans RSVP’d for the live webinar event. Click here to watch the recording from the live conversation, complete with participant Q&A.  This popular event was followed by a COVID-19 vaccine webinar for Asian and Hispanic communities. 

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Community Partnership: Let’s Move at Harwin Park

Why We’re a 50/50 Parks Partner “Our vision is a healthy life for every Texan, and neighborhood parks are an important factor in the health of our communities!” – Lisa Wright, CEO Learn More About This Partnership: Harwin Park Keeps Community Members and other Houstonians healthy through exercise and outdoor activity Builds community by providing a safe space for neighbors to see one another and interact safely outdoors Strengthens our region through smart public-private partnership Demonstrates our values of corporate social responsibility and giving back Community Health Choice’s support of Harwin Park in southwest Houston is a significant part of our commitment to Members and the communities in which we live, play, and work. “50/50 Park Partners will connect business with neighborhoods, city agencies, and nonprofit organizations to enrich communities

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