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2012 Awards of Distinction Recipients

Award of Distinction in Healthcare Policy

Jointly presented to:


Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC) 

And


Texas Council of Community Centers, Inc. (Texas Council) 

(Left to Right) Octavio Martinez, Jose Camacho (TACHC), Danette Castle (Texas Council), Suzanne Daub, Polly Kurtz

The Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC) represents safety net and other providers who strive to meet the health care needs of the uninsured and under served  TACHC provides support services, technical assistance and training for its members and conducts policy analysis and drafting of legislative proposals on behalf of TACHC and the community health centers the association serves.

Established in 1976, The Texas Council of Community Centers, Inc., (Texas Council) initiates and seeks adoption of statutory recommendations to the Texas Legislature which will enhance and improve Community Center services, initiates and seeks the adoption of policy recommendations to State agencies which will enhance and improve community services, provides critical issues identification and analysis to member Centers, and builds consensus among member Centers and key stakeholders on solutions to issues and problems.

In 2008, TACHC and the Texas Council met multiple times to identify common interests and strategies to promote integrated health care. They engaged in the 81st Legislative Session (2009), informing and educating legislators about the importance of integration of primary care and behavioral health services. Their work contributed to the passing of HB 2196, directing the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission to establish a statewide workgroup to recommend best practices in policy, training, and service delivery to promote the integration of health and behavioral health services in Texas.


Award of Distinction in Clinical Care Delivery

Presented to:

Robin Rosell LCSW, LMFT; People’s Community Clinic

Robin Rosell

Rick Ybarra and Robin Rosell

Robin Rosell, LCSW, LMFT, has thirty years of experience as a social worker. She began her career providing clinical and case management services at Austin State Hospital, and moved on to specialize in serving children and adolescents. Robin came to People’s Community Clinic (PCC) in 1996 and now supervises PCC’s work in behavioral health and social work services.

In 1998, Robin and PCC led a cutting-edge inter-agency collaboration known as Tandem, a program designed to promote the well-being of low-income young parents and reduce their risk of subsequent unplanned pregnancies by providing services that address the medical, educational, and psychosocial needs of participants. Delivering prenatal care to over one third of pregnant teens in Travis County, Texas, Tandem serves approximately 300 young mothers annually.

With the percentage of low-income individuals reporting poor mental health nearing 50%, Robin also acted upon our community’s growing need for adult mental health services. She played a central role in launching the adult Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) program at PCC in 2006. IBH combines mental health and social support services within a primary clinic setting, encompassing developmental/behavioral assessments, psychiatric and psychological evaluations, medical care, counseling, and care management to help patients take an active role in managing and improving both their physical and mental health.

With Robin’s direction and vision, these two distinguished programs have become cornerstones of People’s Community Clinic’s holistic care. Robin’s work has been widely recognized, and she has presented on integrated health care at state, national, and even international conferences.


Award of Distinction to a Consumer, Patient or Family Advocate

Presented to:

Bill Gilstrap; Bluebonnet Trails Community Services

Bill Gilstrap

Andrea Richardson and Bill Gilstrap

"Progress through recovery is an extraordinary thing to measure. For Bluebonnet Trails Community Services, it is difficult to remember Bill Gilstrap before his personal road to recovery constructed a warrior advocate. Bill not only embraces the values of self-advocacy and whole health, he electrifies the message and demonstrates the outcomes we previously only aspired to achieve.

My first real opportunity to work with Bill Gilstrap was envisioning the team of Peer Support Recovery Specialists we sought to enhance our system of care at Bluebonnet Trails Community Services—and enhance our system, he did! His voice and advocacy are strong, direct and insightful.

During the last six months, Bill has been an instrumental leader in our Person-Centered Recovery planning pilot with the Austin State Hospital. His shared perspectives and vision assist in driving this team of dedicated employees to take another look at how we engage the persons we serve. We now focus on wellness and the opportunities whereby integrated healthcare supports that focus. Our next great adventure will be in designing a Peer-Run Transitional Housing Program, proposing access to onsite, primary healthcare within the plan.

Through Bill’s leadership, the staff and Board of Trustees support that person-centered recovery planning and dedicated participation in wellness planning are critical to positive health outcomes for the individual and instrumental to an informed healthcare process.” -Andrea Richardson


Don Bloch Award

Presented to:

Larry Mauksch, M.Ed

Larry Mausch, M. Ed.

(Left to Right) Barry Jacobs, Valerie Ross, Larry Mauksch, Randall Reitz

Let me make the case for Larry Mauksch, M.Ed for the Don Bloch Award for this year. Without his service to CFHA as a board member and later president in the '90s and early 2000s, our organization wouldn't exist today. He gave us passion and selfless leadership during his tenure--a time when the survival of CFHA was in question. He served as the crucial bridge between the vision of our founders and the more pragmatic, membership-oriented organization we are currently. Even after he stepped down as president, he has remained engaged with CFHA as a conference attendee and participant and key advisor to the board and board staff members.

Larry’s contributions to the field of collaborative family healthcare go well beyond his service to CFHA. Through his long-time association with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington, he is one of the best known and most highly regarded behavioral science faculty members in the country. His 2-year tenure as a visiting clinician at the Marillac Clinic in Colorado helped make that community health center one of the early models for community-centered collaborative family healthcare. In the past decade he has co-written important articles in the major primary care journals on patient-centered communication and, more recently, integrated healthcare teams. He currently provides trainings around the country on those subjects and serves as a national champion for behavioral healthcare within the PCMH.

In addition to these many accomplishments, Larry is one of the warmest, funniest, most generous people I've encountered in the collaborative family healthcare field. I've benefitted from his encouragement and mentoring. He has been the Yoda to many budding collaborative Jedi.

--Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D.

In his over 50-year career, family psychiatrist Don Bloch has been a founder, innovator and synthesizer of diverse ideas, systems and cultures. In his honor, CFHA created the annual Don Bloch Award, our highest recognition for contributions to the field of integrated and collaborative care that are pioneering, or in some way help bridge the mind-body gap and pursue a more humane, egalitarian and interdisciplinary healthcare system. Don Bloch awardees are nominated and selected by the CFHA Board of Directors.

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