Integrated Healthcare Learning Community and Planning & Implementation Grants

In 2009, the Hogg Foundation awarded a one-year grant to Mental Health America of Greater Houston to create a statewide learning community on integrated health care. Members collaborated in person and online to share information and experiences with implementing different integrated health care models, components and strategies. Learning community members were in Dallas, El Paso, Georgetown, Houston, Lubbock, Plainview, Round Rock, San Antonio and Tyler.

In 2010, the grant was extended for an additional year and expanded to eighteen learning community participant organizations throughout Texas. MHA of Greater Houston contracted with two local firms, Sage Associates, Inc. in the first year and Working Partner, LLC in the second year, to conduct an assessment of the learning community. The foundation aggregated findings from the assessments.

In August 2012, the Hogg Foundation awarded $720,950 to 10 organizations to support the planning and implementation of integrated behavioral and physical health care programs. The grant program increased the number of nonprofit behavioral health and primary care providers delivering integrated health care, with the ultimate goal of making integrated care the standard practice in Texas.


The Hogg Foundation, keeping with a growing body of research, recognizes that integrating physical and behavioral health care to treat the whole person can improve health. Typically, physical and behavioral health conditions are treated separately by different health care providers with unconnected medical records in different locations. Integrated health care may involve coordinating behavioral health care services with other services provided in a primary care setting, or coordinating physical health care services with other services provided in a behavioral health setting.

Questions: Contact Rick Ybarra, Program Officer

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Reports and Publications
The foundation produced various publications on the broader subject of integrated health care, including Connecting Body and Mind, a resource guide to integrated health care in Texas and the United States; A Window of Opportunity, our 2013 report, produced in collaboration with Grantmakers in Health, on philanthropy’s role in eliminating health disparities through integrated health care; and Eliminating Behavioral Health Disparities through Integrated Health Care, produced in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.

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