New eastside healthcare clinic opens

Sandra Joy Community Healthcare Clinic opens Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new community healthcare clinic opens in east Austin Tuesday. The Sandra Joy Anderson Community Health and Wellness Center, located at 1705 East 11th St. on the corner of 11th and Chalmers Ave., will serve those who do not have access to healthcare. The Center is a partnership with Huston Tillotson University, CommUnity Care, Austin Travis Country Integral Care, and The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School.

The goal is to provide both physical and mental healthcare services. This will be a first for the HT community. Prior to the clinic the student body had a nurse they could visit when they were ill, now the university will set aside half of the clinic to serve students exclusively.

The healthcare center was created thanks to a $3 million dollar gift, the largest in HT’s history from Mrs. Ada Cecilia Collins Anderson, 94, who attended Samuel Huston and Tillotson, Austin’s two predominantly black colleges before they merged. She received a master’s degree in 1965 from UT. The Center is named after her late daughter.

“There are disparities within minority communities as it relates to providing healthcare services and mental health services for an underserved population so this provides a critical void in the community,” said Linda Y. Jackson, University Relations, Huston Tillotson University.

A grand opening will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. The center’s hours will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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