About Us

Community health choice truck

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 Mission

At Community, our mission is to improve the health and well-being of under-served residents of Southeast Texas by opening doors to coordinated, high-quality, affordable health care and health-related social services.

Our Promise

Community Health Choice is a LOCAL non-profit health plan. At Community, we genuinely CARE for and SERVE our Community. We are a TRUSTED partner who RESPECTS our Members and their families, opens doors to high-quality healthcare, and makes the process EASY. Even more simply, we say, Community Cares.

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:

  • Childbirth classes
  • 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.

Community Board of Directors

Board Chair
Vicki Keiser

Board Vice Chair
Raymond Khoury

Board Secretary
Jose Garcia, M.D., S.M.

Board Members
Anne Clutterbuck
Vivian Ho, PhD
Elena Marks
Stephen L. McKernan, DO, FAAFP


Board of Director Bios

Community Senior Management

Kenneth Janda
President and Chief Executive Officer

Karen Love
Chief Operating Officer

Brian Maude
Chief Financial Officer

Nancy Edgar
Chief HR/Administrative Officer

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

Fred Buckwold, M.D., FACP
Sr. VP, Clinical Policy and Partnerships

Alfonso Rubio
Sr. VP, Information Technology

Cathy Mitchell
Sr. VP, Strategic Planning and Partnerships


Our Community Outreach Team

Community cares about helping you and your family get the health care 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 Claudia.Garcia@CommunityHealthChoice.org to learn more.