Expanded Primary Health Care


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The DSHS Expanded Primary Health Care (EPHC) program provides primary, preventive and screening services to women age 18 and above whose income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). Outreach and direct services are provided through community-based clinics under contract with DSHS. Community health workers (CHWs) will help ensure women access the preventive and screening services appropriate to them. The program also supports the integration of lactation consultants in primary health care settings.

Overall, the goals of the EPHC program are to:

  • Increase the number of women receiving primary and preventive care services;
  • Increase early detection of breast and cervical cancers; 
  • Avert unintended Medicaid births;
  • Reduce the number of preterm births; and
  • Reduce the number of cases of potentially preventable hospitalizations related to hypertension and diabetes.

To find a clinic in your area visit the DSHS Family and Community Health Services Clinic Locator.

Contact Information:

For questions, please contact: CHSS@dshs.state.tx.us


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Last updated February 14, 2014