Health

Your own personal health scare, a friend or family member’s battle with a disease, or a positive treatment and recovery experience may drive your passion to support health causes in our community.

North Texas is home to several nationally recognized nonprofit hospitals and health care systems. However, not everyone in our community can access the high-quality care they offer because they don’t have health insurance. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 6.1million Texans are uninsured. In Dallas County, according to the Texas Medical Association, 33%, or nearly 400,000 residents do not have health insurance. When needing emergency care, they are dependent on charitable care through Parkland Hospital or nonprofit clinics that serve the uninsured and underinsured.

In addition to basic care and emergency services for the uninsured, mental health services are also in great need. Locally, Metrocare Services, a public/private agency that provides mental and behavioral health services for the uninsured, served more than 50,000 unduplicated patients in 2011 – an increase of 56% over the last three years.

To learn about more North Texas nonprofits working in health care and medical research, click the links below:

  • Review projects in our Giving Guide
  • Learn about cancer research funded by the Sarcoma Fund at CFT created in memory of Willie Tichenor, who died of osteosarcoma at the age of 19.
  • Read about the American Heart Association’s Caruth Initiative, a coordinated heart attack response system funded by the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at CFT

SOURCES

Texas Medical Association
Children’s Medical Center

33% of residents in Dallas County do not have health insurance.

What Would Willie Want

Family and friends of Willie Tichenor remember him as a young man with a passion for music and sports, a zest for life, the ability to make people laugh and a gift for inspiring those around him to be better. Read More

Celeste AristaCeleste Arista
Community Philanthropy Officer
214-750-4102
carista@cftexas.org

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