WHAT IS THE BURLESON HEALTH RESOURCE CENTER?
In January 2005, the Burleson County Commissioner’s Court created the Burleson County Health Resource Commission with the aim of improving the county’s overall health status by enhancing the access of Burleson County residents to needed services. Overseen by the Health Resource Commission, the Burleson Health Resource Center, provides information and referral services, advocacy on behalf of county residents with special needs, and coordination of delivery of direct services. The BHRC works in close collaboration with state, local, non-profit, and faith-based organizations throughout the Brazos Valley and beyond, as well as in partnership with local churches and civic-minded organizations. With offices in Caldwell and Somerville, the BHRC is assisting clients throughout Burleson County, taking the approach that people are often faced with complex challenges that require a comprehensive, problem-solving response. BHRC staff are committed to providing the level of support needed to assist clients in looking beyond short-term fixes toward sustainable solutions.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE AND WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?
Anyone residing in Burleson County is eligible to receive services through the BHRC. We provide the information and advocacy needed to access a broad range of programs and services throughout the Brazos Valley, including:
- Low-cost medical and dental care through Health Point, the Brazos Valley Community Action Agency (BVCAA), Health for All, and others
- Counseling and services for children and women at-risk through Twin City Mission Domestic Violence Services, Phoebe's Home, and Sexual Assault Resource Center, among others
- Assistance for elderly, disabled persons and children with special needs through the Departments of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Aging and Disability Services (DADS), and State Health Services (DSHS)
- Mental health services through MHMR Authority of the Brazos Valley, Texas A&M Counseling and Diagnostic Center, and others
- Rent and utility assistance through the Brazos Valley Council of Governments (BVCOG) Housing Choice Voucher Program and thru the BVCAA’s Energy Housing Services Program
- Alcohol and substance abuse counseling and treatment through the Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BVCASA)
- Legal assistance through Lone Star Legal Aid
- Linkage to many other programs and services to numerous to list! If you have a need, ask and we’ll advise on what is available in our area!
In addition, the BHRC offers access to a series of online classes addressing various issues that are of increasing concern to families and communities. Provided by Integrated Community and Family Services (ICFS), these classes aim to help address the need for improved parental effectiveness, prevention of child endangerment, abuse and neglect, prevention of domestic violence, substance abuse, theft and shoplifting, and improved capacity to manage conflict and anger appropriately. These courses aim to foster the participant’s capacity to develop and maintain healthy familial and social relationships through examination of values, choices, and the impact of behavior on personal relationships and circumstances, as well as on the community at large.
The online courses may be augmented by 1:1 consultations. These consultations are by appointment and will help participants apply the online curriculum to their particular circumstances and to the behaviors that are of concern to their families and communities, including their local courts and family protection agencies. The courses are accessible 24-hours a day at www.ICFSTEXAS.com. Participants may register online or may be enrolled in person by scheduling an appointment at either BHRC office.
HOW CAN I ACCESS SERVICES OF THE BHRC?
Call either BHRC office and speak with the Office Manager who will provide you with the information you need and who may schedule an appointment for you to meet with a Health Resource Coordinator or a representative of a partnering agency at the BHRC office nearest you. Please be prepared to present some form of identification.
CONTACT INFORMATION AND OFFICE HOURS:
Burleson Health Resource Center has offices in Caldwell and Somerville, Texas.
Address: 1108 Woodson, Caldwell, TX 77836 (immediately opposite the Burleson St. Joseph Hospital and Health Point Clinic)
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Office Manager: Kathy Jones
Address: 731 Avene L / P.O. Box 997, Somerville, TX (next to from Somerville High School)
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Office Manager: Sherii Alexander
HISTORY OF THE BURLESON COUNTY HEALTH RESOURCE COMMISSION
In 2002, the Brazos Valley Health Partnership (BVHP) was created as the result of a regional, comprehensive health status assessment facilitated by the Texas A&MSchool of Rural Public Health. Comprised of dozens of community agencies and organizations representing a broad cross-section of the community, including the medical, educational, governmental, faith-based and business community, the BVHP took aim at addressing the findings of the health status assessment, which concluded that, among other things, residents of rural areas, compared to those of urban centers, were disproportionately represented across a range of socioeconomic and health indicators. In many rural areas, for example, rates of chronic illness such as diabetes and obesity are higher, as are rates of unemployment, teen pregnancy, and drug use. Of concern for the BVHP was the finding that for several indicators, rates in the BrazosValley exceeded rates of rural areas in other parts of the nation. It was clear that steps needed to be taken to address general health-related concerns in the region.
In 2004, community leaders in Burleson, Grimes, Leon and Madisoncounties, working in collaboration with the partnering agencies of the BVHP, began taking steps to establish local leadership structures that would guide the development of initiatives aimed at improving overall health status within their respective counties.
In January of 2005, the Burleson County Commissioners Court created the Burleson County Health Resource Commission for the purpose of “assisting the citizens of the County of Burleson in establishing access to health resources.” Through its support and oversight of the Burleson Health Resource Center, with offices in Caldwell and Somerville, the Commission aims to identify issues impacting public health in the county and to contribute to the development of short and long-term strategies to address those issues.
As a key component of the Burleson County Health Resource Commission’s strategy for improving overall health in Burleson County, the Burleson Health Resource Center (BHRC) aims serve residents of Burleson County who are in need of assistance in accessing needed services by providing information and referral to numerous partnering service providers throughout the region, by providing advocacy and coordinating access to those services, and by providing transportation to medical and social service appointments for qualified BHRC clients. Further, the BHRC aims to respond to the needs of service providers, educators, health professionals, and the court system in accepting referrals of individuals in need of service beyond that which is able to be provided by the referral source.
WHO SERVES ON THE BURLESON COUNTY HEALTH RESOURCE COMMISSION?
The Burleson County Health Resource Commission is comprised of voting members and three ex-officio members:
Voting Board Members
- Sharon Novosad, former educator - Caldwell ISD
- Basel Lister, Pastor, Somerville/Lyons
- Karen Law, Citizen State Bank
- Victoria Simons, Pastor, United Methodist Church - Somerville
- Megan Yazzie, Pharmacist, Walmart - Caldwell
- Jim Heckman, Pastor, Cade Lake Chapel
- Beverly Lilie, Counselor, Caldwell ISD
Ex-Officio Board Members:
Mike Sutherland, Burleson County Judge
Kathy Jones, Office Manager, BHRC
Albert Ramirez, Executive Director, Burleson County Health Resource Commission
HOW IS THE BHRC SUPPORTED?
Funding and support for the BHRC provided by:
- Burleson County Hospital District
- Burleson County
- St. Joseph Health System and Burleson St. Joseph Hospital
- City of Somerville
- Somerville Independent School District
HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER OR DONATE?
- Contact either the BHRC Caldwell or Somerville office if you would like to offer help as a volunteer. We often need volunteer drivers, or have clients that are in need of volunteer services.
- Your tax-deductible donation to the BHRC can be made payable to BHRC - Burleson County and forwarded to BHRC, 1108 Woodson, Caldwell, TX 77836. All donations are used to assist Burleson County residents and are overseen by the BHRC Board, with expenditures reported to the Burleson County Auditor and the Commissioners Court.