Community Guiding Hands

The Need in Our Community

The State of Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the country. According to the Texas Association of Community Health Centers, about 1.3 million low-income Texans rely on community health centers as a resource, 42% of whom are uninsured. Although growing at a slower rate than the state average of 10%, the population of Bandera has grown 6% since the 2010 Census, to roughly 22,350 based on July 2017 estimates. Nearly 15% of the area’s population has a family income that falls at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, making them eligible for Arthur Nagel Community Clinic’s services. Roughly a quarter of those under the age of 18 fall into this category. The need for basic healthcare, therefore, is great.

Filling the medial accessibility gap for low-income residents, the Nagel Clinic is the only local, trusted nonprofit primary healthcare facility in the area. Last year, the Clinic treated 507 unduplicated low-income, medically underserved residents at 3,000 appointments for primary and preventative health care services. Additional services continuously provided include integrated behavioral health services, prescription assistance, and healthy lifestyle classes.

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