People’s Community Clinic Saves Lives
People’s Community Clinic is a community health center dedicated to improving the health of underserved and uninsured Central Texans by providing high-quality, affordable healthcare. The organization was founded in 1970 through the volunteer work of visionary doctors and nurses who recognized a need for quality, affordable healthcare.
We had the opportunity to speak with People’s CEO, Regina Rogoff, who joined the clinic in 2003. In 2004, the organization received its first grant from Austin Community Foundation and have shared a close relationship and a common goal of bettering the community ever since.
“What we do here is really life changing.”
People’s Community Clinic has centered its work on helping the area’s most vulnerable populations and has received grants from the Hispanic Impact Fund as well as the Women’s Fund several times, due to their dedication to these specific communities. Eighty-four percent of the organization’s patients are Hispanic/Latino, and People’s is dedicated to uplifting the dignity and welfare of patients that would not have the resources to seek treatment otherwise.
The clinic has a Center for Women’s Health, devoted to serving women and their needs. In 2022, the clinic offered tubal ligations in response to patients requesting this procedure as one of their reproductive choices. People’s is also proud to offer education services as one of its core values, emphasizing clear and accurate information and allowing patients to guide their own care.
Beyond offering high-quality medical services on a sliding scale, People’s is involved in some of the most groundbreaking studies in pediatric care and early brain development in the country. With this research, People’s Community Clinic is enhancing children’s wellness visits as well as giving parents and caregivers better parenting tools to strengthen family relationships in the long term.
Other innovative programs at the clinic include identifying biomarkers of stress so that, over time, healthcare providers can decipher adverse childhood experiences or ‘tells’ that inform doctors about negative health outcomes in the future of young patients. This groundbreaking work is being done simultaneously as the clinic is operating, making it incredibly important to have sufficient funds, not just for the present but for the future.
“We don’t aspire to be the biggest, we aspire to be the best and to do the most interesting and cutting-edge work.”
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