2015 marks the twentieth year that students have provided free health care through Martha’s Clinic to the indigent population of Temple, Texas. Martha’s Clinic was started by two Texas A&M medical students, Eric Wilke and Eric Beshires, who saw a need for better health care for the homeless and indigent population in Central Texas. Through a joint effort of dedicated medical students and Martha's Kitchen, a free student-run clinic for the homeless was established.
Community health workers are a vital part of the Texas A&M Diabetes Education Program. By providing continuous, supportive and effective care for people with diabetes, community health workers are a key component to increasing the quality of care and improving diabetes outcomes in low-income populations.
The Coastal Bend Health Education Center (CBHEC) has established an American Diabetes Association recognized program in Kingsville to empower individuals diagnosed with diabetes to take control of their health. The program is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas.
Two out of three people with diabetes die from stroke or heart disease. Thankfully, diabetes is one of seven major controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Health educators from the Texas A&M Coastal Bend Health Education Center outline five steps to help lower risk of heart attack or stroke for those diagnosed with diabetes.
In Texas, the bridge between health care and the criminal justice system is being built by nurses.