About Us

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When we opened our doors 20 years ago, no one could have imagined what Community Health Choice would become. We began in 1997 with only a handful of employees who had a narrow mission: Improve the health of underserved children in Harris County by making health insurance more affordable.

Two decades later, everything we do is still guided by a mission to open doors to better health in Southeast Texas.

We’re proud of all that we have accomplished in the name of this mission, and that’s why we’re celebrating the remarkable chance we’ve been given to serve our Members. We feel humbled and honored by the opportunity to continue the important work we’re doing for the next 20 years and beyond.

Our Vision

Community Health Choice’s vision is a healthy life for every Texan.

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of underserved Texans by opening doors to healthcare and health-related social services.

Our Values

The team members of Community Health Choice are trustworthy, caring individuals who work collaboratively with our Members, Providers and community partners. We are courageous, creative, and responsive as we serve Members and the community.

What We Do

We are a local, non-profit, Managed Care Organization (MCO) offering Children's Medicaid (STAR) and CHIP programs. We also offer plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Community has a network of 10,000 doctors and 77 hospitals.

Our Care Management team offers:

  • Health education
  • Programs for asthma, diabetes, and high-risk pregnancy

We are affiliated with the Harris Health System. However, we do not receive any money from Harris Health System or from Harris County taxpayers.

Our Community Outreach Team

Community cares about helping you and your family get the healthcare coverage you need. We work with many community organizations to serve you. What we do:

  • Offer application assistance
  • Host fun back-to-school events
  • Host events with community-based organizations (CBOs)
  • Participate in local health fairs and events

Email JoLynn.Turner@CommunityHealthChoice.org to learn more.

Community in the Community

Community Board of Directors

Board Chair
Vicki Keiser

Board Vice Chair
Raymond Khoury

Board Secretary
Dr. Jose Garcia

Board Members
Dr. Arthur Bracey
Anne Clutterbuck
Lindsey Cooksen
Dr. Vivian Ho
Elena Marks
Dr. Stephen McKernan

Board of Director Biographies

Community Executive Leadership Team

Catherine Mitchell
EVP and Chief Operations Officer

Brian Maude
Chief Financial Officer

Alfonso Rubio
Chief Information Officer

Trevan Ross
Chief HR/Administration Officer

Pam Hellstrom
Chief Compliance and Quality Officer

Karen Hill, M.D.
Sr. VP, Medical Affairs

Laurie Levermann
VP, Information Systems

Daisy Morales
VP, Community Affairs

Angela Waltman
VP, Business Development and Call Center Operations

Taylor Cooper
Director, Legal Affairs