Northwest Assistance Ministries Receives $300,000 Grant from Episcopal Health Foundation

January 13, 2017

Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) received a $300,000 grant from the Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF).

The grant is being utilized in part by NAM’s groundbreaking Pediatric Intensive Case Management Program—an initiative designed to help patients and their families deal with chronic illnesses. The program offers a holistic approach that allows NAM’s Children’s Clinic medical staff and families to assess, plan, implement, coordinate, monitor and evaluate options and services to treat chronic illnesses in a way that meets the individual’s health needs and that of their families. The program also includes home-visits that enable the clinic to use a holistic approach to assess any external causes of the disease, such as environmental issues.

“We are providing patients and their families not only with answers about what’s causing a chronic condition but also how to manage it and potentially prevent more complications that may arise from it,” explained Sharion White, Director of NAM’s Children’s Clinic. “We are excited about partnering with the EHF and also about being able to help our patients get to the root causes of their chronic conditions, as they can take a toll on families’ emotional and financial well-being,” White said.

This grant is part of a much larger initiate sponsored by the EHF, benefiting 17 new grant partners looking to lower or alleviate the high costs of medical treatment for chronic illnesses in underserved communities in our state. This is the second round of funding from EHF to allow NAM to continue assisting patients like Angel. You can watch his success story here.

The Children’s Clinic is a unique partnership between NAM and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). While providing high quality care to our patients, the clinic also serves as a training facility for UTHealth Science Center students as well as other local universities and community colleges.

Northwest Assistance Ministries is a non-profit, community-based social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbors. NAM provides assistance in areas such as food, shelter, health, education and domestic violence awareness. During the fiscal year 2015-2016, NAM touched the lives of more than 114,000 people through its many programs and services.

The Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) believes all Texans deserve to be healthy. EHF is committed to transform the health of our communities by going beyond just the doctor’s office. By providing millions of dollars in grants, working with congregations and community partners, and providing important research, they are supporting solutions that address the underlying causes of poor health. EHF was established in 2013 and is based in Houston. With more than $1.2 billion in estimated assets, the Foundation operates as a supporting organization of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and works across 57 Texas counties. #HealthNotJustHealthcare.

If you’d like to know more about the Pediatric Intensive Case Management Program, please contact Flor Porcher, Pediatric Intensive Case Manager at NAM’s Children’s Clinic at (281) 885-4649. For more information about NAM, please visit www.namonline.org or call (281) 885-4555.