Cy-Fair Community Health Center brings affordable health care to local students, community

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In early 2017, a health care facility opened next to the new Cypress Park High School with intentions to bring affordable care to underserved members of the Cy-Fair community.

Good Neighbor Healthcare Center, located off the Grand Parkway near FM 529, opened the facility in January 2017, and Spring Branch Community Health Center—a private nonprofit health center with six other clinics in the Houston area—began providing care in July. At that point, the clinic was renamed Cy-Fair Community Health Center, and more than 2,000 patients have been served since, according to Family Nurse Practitioner Luchia Langley.

Bevin Gordon, the director of health services for Cy-Fair ISD, played an integral role in bringing the school-based clinic to the area, Langley said.

“She really advocated for this type of clinic in this area … to fill this need of bringing a primary care clinic to remove barriers to access to care for students, staff and faculty,” she said.

The clinic offers family medicine and primary care services, including vaccines, sports physicals, well-woman exams and sick visits for all ages. A referral department is dedicated to connecting patients to special services.

The clinic serves low-income and uninsured patients who otherwise would go without health care, Langley said. Uninsured patients can set up appointments to determine eligibility and are charged using a sliding scale based on what they can afford.

“We typically target underserved communities who don’t have access to care,” she said. “But we receive patients from every walk of life, and quite a few are insured.”

Langley said in addition to insurance, the clinic is funded through federal funding, foundation grants and donations from individuals.

The clinic provides a shuttle to transport students, staff and parents from six CFISD schools to and from the clinic during the school day.

Langley is the only full-time care provider on staff, but she said the clinic plans to expand the number of providers and services to meet local needs.

“We’re planning to bring in some other services like behavioral health, a pediatric-specific department, women’s health and optometry,” she said.


7777 Westgreen Blvd., Cypress
713-387-7180
www.sbchc.net
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., closed Sat.-Sun.

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Danica Smithwick
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers public education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development, nonprofits and more in the Cy-Fair community.
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