In 2015 the UTRGV School of Medicine was awarded a $500,000 grant and a $1,065,510 grant in 2016 from the Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc., for its Integrated Care Collaborative Unit (ICCU). The grant supports providing and enhancing integrated care to improve the mental health outcomes of high-risk, high-acuity children and adolescents in the Valley. With the grant, ICCU aims to:
  • Advance access to treatment for adolescents with substance abuse/appetitive drive disorders, psychiatric illness and health concerns.
  • Promote inclusion and integration of behavioral medicine to the scope of primary care.
  • Improve access to dental services.
  • Improve collaboration and integration of scarce specialty resources.
  • Improve outreach to build community capacity for complex, high-risk, triply-diagnosed adolescents.

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In 2015 Methodist Healthcare Ministries (MHM) launched its “Sí Texas: Social Innovation for a Healthy South Texas” project. A Social Innovation Fund program, Sí Texas’ goal is to stimulate local solutions that improve both physical and behavioral health concurrently, such as diabetes and depression, both highly prevalent in the 12-county Sí Texas project area. UTRGV was awarded $846,530 over two years, and since then has created a Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model of patient care, at two of the School of Medicine's family medicine residency clinics. The purpose of the grant is three-fold: to provide a model for best practices; to increase access to care; and to, by implementing an integrated behavioral health model, prepare young physicians to think about the health care of tomorrow as an integrated, inter-professional endeavor. To read more about this grant, click here.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has been awarded a $2,880,342 grant over three years by United Health Foundation to help support the Colonia Integrated Care Program: VIDAS (Valley Inter-professional Development And Services). The initiative aims to unite the region by building an integrated, inter-professional collaborative that will create a sustainable model for health care delivery to the most vulnerable members of the community. The grant has helped to establish the Center for Colonia Integrated Care (CCIC), where project staff coordinate services in a team-based integrated model targeting two colonias through the use of two mobile health clinics and telehealth. Services to be provided by the project include screening, health education and promotion, health literacy, and improved dental and mental health services. The project has also formalized training for and increase the number of trained promotoras, community health workers who link the health care system with the colonias through shared language, culture, and ethnic ties. To read more about this grant, click here.