Tepeyac’s mission is to provide culturally responsive health care and preventive health services for the medically underserved. In 1994, Denver community leaders recognized many working poor Latinos were going without health care. In response, they founded Clínica Tepeyac. In 2005, Tepeyac moved from its original location in a renovated house to its current clinic in the Globeville neighborhood. Over the past three years, Tepeyac purchased a second location for administration and additional behavioral health space, completed a clinic renovation and received FQHC designation. At its September 2016 FQHC site visit with the Health Resource Service Administration (HRSA), Tepeyac received the feedback that it is performing like an FQHC that has been functioning for several years, rather than just one year.
Tepeyac integrates physical health, behavioral health, health promotions and now dental to improve the health of the underserved Latino community. Comprehensive primary care services include:preventative care, primary care, chronic disease management and screening services, HIV/AIDS managed care, referrals to specialty care, and Medicaid screening and enrollment. Behavioral health services include: individual, couples and family counseling, support groups, and behavioral health consulting at the clinic. Health Promotions services include: personal health coaching, chronic disease management education, healthy cooking classes, healthy living/exercise classes, and cancer awareness. Comprehensive oral health care is currently provided on a limited basis through Dental Lifeline.
The target audience is comprised primarily of low-income, uninsured, Spanish-speaking families and individuals. In 2016, 95% of patients were below 200% of the federal poverty level, 90% were Latino and 90% preferred a language other than English. All Tepeyac patients are screened for benefits through Connect for Health Colorado and Medicaid, yetfewer than 10% of Tepeyac’s patients qualify for coverage.
Our reason for joining MHHA was predicated on our desire to collaborate with a wide range of community partners who share our commitment to the medically underserved. The MHHA membership network is comprised of an amazing group of individuals and thought partners, who are more than willing to share best practices and lessons learned. My experience as a member of the Specialty Care working group has been very positive. The members of the group possess a laser-like focus on problem-solving around the incredibly challenging issue of creating access to specialty care. The MHHA staff do an excellent job of staffing the Specialty Care working group (as well as the other working groups) and providing the necessary technical support and research to make informed decisions.
Denver’s Community Health Improvement Plan identified Access to Care as one of two top health priorities for the city to work on from 2013-2018, along with Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL). Some of the primary concerns related to Access to Care in Denver included the lack of health insurance coverage among residents, inadequate access to specialty care for uninsured and publically insured residents, inappropriate and excessive use of emergency departments in lieu of primary care, and the lack of coordination among health care providers in different organizations about the care of individual patients.
The CHIP outlined a five-year goal for Access to Care, namely that by 2019, 95% of Denver residents would have access to primary medical care, including behavioral health care. Objective A3 under this goal was to form an alliance of important stakeholder organizations in Denver, to increase access to care, better coordinate medical care and social services, and decrease health care costs. After a year-long collaborative planning process, the Mile High Health Alliance was officially launched in January 2015.
The Mile High Health Alliance is a membership-based organization, with both organizational and individual members. All regular organizational members have a seat on the Board of Directors, the central governing body of the Alliance, and are eligible to run for seats on the elected Executive Committee of the Board. As such, all organizational members actively participate in setting and implementing the priorities and strategies of the Alliance. Ex-officio organizational members and individual members do not hold board seats. Join the Alliance!
- Specialty Care Access Group – Tuesday, November 1 from 3-4:30 pm
- Regional Health Connector Steering Committee – Thursday, November 10 from 8:30-10 am
- High Utilizers Group – Wednesday, November 16 from 10:30 am-12 pm
Achieving Better Health through Collaboration