The Health Collaborative began informally in 1997 when the city’s major healthcare organizations agreed to put aside their competitive business practices to conduct a comprehensive health needs assessment. The evolution in 2000 to an incorporated entity with a long-range strategic plan is in response to the founding members’ interest in improving the health status of the community by working together.
The Health Collaborative has developed into a powerful network of citizens, community organizations and businesses. The result is a more robust, less duplicative, more synergistic approach to solving critical community health needs, while efficiently utilizing resources.
To improve the health status of the community through collaborative means.
Enhance positive community health outcomes by leveraging appropriate resources
Play a leadership role in evaluating, developing, funding, and implementing health initiatives
Increase the number of partners in The Health Collaborative
Decrease duplication of health services in the community and promote coordinated efforts for the best possible community health outcome
Adopt an appropriate community health improvement measurement system
Dignity: Respect for the worth of every person, recognition and commitment to the value of diverse individuals and perspectives, and special concern for the poor and underserved.
Integrity: Honesty, justice, and consistency in all relationships.
Excellence: High standards of service and performance.
Compassion: Service in a spirit of empathy, love, and concern.
Stewardship: Wise and just use of talents and resources in a collaborative manner.
“We learned how very easy it is to leave your competitive pressures at the door because at the end of the day, our mission was the same…at the end of the day, our goals were the same…and at the end of the day, it was all about the community.”
“The Health Collaborative is one of the best things that ever happened to San Antonio. That’s because the people really care about the health status of the community and the health status of future generations.”
Board of Directors
Theresa De La Haya, RN, MPH
Past Board Chair
Edward Dick, MD
Priti Mody-Bailey, MD