Community Health Improvement - Public Health Region 8


Katherine Velasquez, PhD, RN 
Community Health Improvement Manager
7430 Louis Pasteur
San Antonio, TX 78229


To improve the health and well-being of Texas families by focusing on prevention and increasing access to health care through community collaboration.


Community Health Improvement (CHI) services include many programs addressing the health and well-being of women and children. We often work together with the members and leaders of our communities on their well-being. Region8 CHI has workers in 12 field offices, which are located in Bandera, Boerne, Del Rio, Floresville, Goliad, Hallettsville, Karnes, Kerrville, Pearsall, Port Lavaca, Seguin, and Uvalde. Our services include:


  • Programs for communities and groups:
    • Wellness
    • Prevention and health promotion 
    • Health education
    • Community collaboration and partnerships 
    • Related technical assistance
  • Child and adolescent injury prevention
  • Child passenger safety—checking and putting in child car seats
  • Immunizations—shots for babies, children, and adults
  • Healthy eating and infant nutrition (including breastfeeding)
  • Healthy life choices
  • Spinal screening and training for school staff
  • Perinatal hepatitis B training in hospitals
  • Seeing and hearing testing
  • Help finding services, such as:
    • Family planning, including birth control
    • Health care and screening for children 
    • Social services, such as food, housing, job training, etc.
    • Tobacco cessation 
    • Case management 


Additional Resources

Maternal & Child Health (MCH)
Maternal Health Care Bureau, Title V Information System
Adolescent Health Program - Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Breast and Cervical Cancer in Texas
Epilepsy Services - Department of State Health Services (HHS)
Family Planning in Texas – Texas Healthy Women
Genetic Services - Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Indigent Health Care Program
Primary Health Care in Texas
Spinal Screening Program
Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC)