Spring Branch Community Health Center, a private, nonprofit community health center that provides health care services to underserved and uninsured communities in the Greater Houston area, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in May.

How it started

Since opening in Spring Branch in 2004, SBCHC has expanded its coverage area to include eight brick-and-mortar clinics and two mobile clinics, serving a large portion of the Greater Houston area. The nonprofit has also expanded its services to include a homelessness project, housing services, and HIV education and services.

“We've been adding additional locations over the years, and now we're serving more than 25,000 individuals throughout the year, and continue to do what we do best for growth in women's health services and pediatric care,” said Dr. Marlen J. Trujillo, CEO and founding board member of SBCHC.

How it's going

SBCHC's newest clinic location is the Northwest Clinic, which opened in partnership with local nonprofit Northwest Assistance Ministries in 2022.

Most recently, Trujillo said the Katy Clinic added additional exam rooms in December to expand its women health services and better serve the area.

“There's a growing need for health services in the Katy area," she said. "So we've added additional exam rooms to that location, and I think that's gonna be very well received by the community."

Trujillo noted the women's health services would be available at the Katy Clinic following a ribbon-cutting ceremony in April.

Check it out

Routine checkups—such as a physicals, breast and pelvic exams, STI screenings, and pap smears—can be scheduled for exams. Immediate appointments are available on the SBCHC's website.

“There continues to be a need for more health services not only in Spring Branch but in Houston, and we’re going to continue to meet that demand,” Trujillo said.