Spring Branch Community Health Center (SBCHC) and Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) were recently named the 2016 Neighborhood Builders by Bank of America. SBCHC was recognized for their critical work in increasing access to basic necessities for families and individuals in West Houston, and PEP was recognized for providing workforce development and education training and programs to help Houston’s incarcerated men reintegrate into the community as contributing citizens.
Through Neighborhood Builders, the bank provides nonprofits with a unique combination of leadership development, $200,000 in flexible funding, a network of peer organizations across the United States and the opportunity to access capital in order to expand their impact in Houston.
As a Neighborhood Builder, SBCHC will be able to increase access to health care services by expanding amenities and adding locations to meet community demand. Specifically, the funding will help launch an oral health program in West Houston, where a recent SBCHC survey found that 98 percent of local patients surveyed understood the importance of going to the dentist, but less than half had the means to visit the dentist.
“Going to the dentist regularly is nearly impossible for our West Houston patients without insurance, and research shows that addressing oral heal is one of the single best ways to improve their overall health,” explained SBCHC Chief Executive Officer Marlen Trujillo. “The funding and support from Bank of America will allow us to expand our program to serve an additional 1,500 West Houston patients with quality preventative, emergency and limited dental restorative services.”