Community Health

The Community Health Division of  the Bexar County Department of Community Resources initiates, coordinates, and administers programs that improve the health of Bexar County’s citizens. These programs include the Ryan White Program and two discount prescription drug card programs. Bexar County is also a member of and sponsor for The Health Collaborative.
  


Ryan White HIV/AIDS Services in Bexar County


Bexar County receives funding from the federal and state governments for HIV/AIDS services in Bexar and 12 surrounding counties.  The Ryan White Program contracts for services with community based organizations to provide:   outpatient health care, dental services, payment  for medication, medical case management, non-medical case management, nutrition, transportation assistance, health insurance premium assistance and support services  for HIV/AIDS clients.

The goal of the Ryan program is to link persons with HIV/AIDS with medical and support services that will prolong their lives. 
 
To be eligible for services, the client must be a resident of one of the counties listed below, have proof of positivity of their HIV/AIDS status and meet income criteria.   
     
Ryan White program funds are payors of last resort. 

Persons with HIV/AIDS may contact any of the following agencies for more information on services and eligibiltiy:
     University Health System FFACTS Clinic
     San Antonio AIDS Foundation
     Alamo Area Resource Center
     Centro Med Santa Rosa location
      B.E.A.T.  AIDS

San Antonio Health Service Delivery Area

  • Atascosa
  • Bandera
  • Bexar
  • Comal
  • Frio
  • Gillespie
  • Guadalupe
  • Karnes
  • Kendall
  • Kerr
  • Medina
  • Wilson
For more information on eligibility or services available through the Ryan White Program, please contact Charlene Doria-Ortiz, Community Health Program Manager, at 210-335-3581.
    
The Health Collaborative
Bexar County, through the Division of Community Health, participates as a Board Member of the Health Collaborative, a powerful network of citizens, community organizations and businesses that work together to solve the critical community health needs. The Bexar County Commissioners Court has supported the Health Collaborative's Bexar County Community Health Assessments and Community Health Improvement Plans, which have focused on health outcomes, healthy eating and activing living, healthy child and family development, safe communities, behavioral and mental well being, and sexual health.

In cooperation with the Ryan White Program which serves as an advocate when planning for sexual health in Bexar County,The Health Collaborative added initiatives to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases to the Community Health Improvement Plans.

Discount
Prescription Drug Card Programs

The Bexar County Department of Community Resources manages the Bexar County Rx Card Program and the coast2coast RX Card Program, two discount prescription drug card programs that provide a simple way for residents to get the prescriptions they need at a fraction of the cost. It is free to the cardholder, free for the county and even free to anyone in the cardholder’s family who uses it. There is no expiration date, no annual restrictions and no limits as to how often you can use each card.
   
The San Antonio Area HIV Health Services Planning Council
The Bexar County Judge is the Chief Elected Official responsible for Ryan White  funds and for the appointment of members to the San Antonio Area HIV Health Services Planning Council. The Planning Council makes data driven decisions to prioritize services and to set percentages for funding that ensures that the needs of HIV/AIDS clients are met. For more information on the Planning Council, its meetings, and its publications, please visit its website at www.HIV210.org.

Planning Council Publications and Reports 

All current documents can be found on the publications page of the Planning Council website:
www.HIV210.org

Agendas and Meeting Minutes

Please contact Planning Council Support staff at 210-335-7056 for agendas and meeting minutes prior to March 2011 or visit www.HIV210.org.