Community Partners

Grant Partners

The Texas A&M School of Public Health assists the Texas A&M Physicians Family Medicine Residency with project management, community outreach and education, and project evaluation for both of its CPRIT-funded grants. Texas A&M College of Nursing students are active participants in the women’s health services grant, training alongside resident physicians in didactic and clinical experiences. The Texas A&M Health Science Center’s Clinical Learning Resource Center provides an environment for enhanced student learning.

The Brazos Valley Health Partnership, which operates health resource centers in four of the nine Brazos Valley counties we serve, assists with creating awareness, facilitating community education and transportation. More than fifty agencies or service providers have partnered with Texas C-STEP to provide patient referrals, while dozens more have helped to disseminate materials or educate the public on the importance of cancer screening and prevention.

Patient Advocacy

The Texas A&M Center for Community Health Development provides state-approved certification and continuing education units programs for training of community health workers, also called Promotoras. The Texas C-STEP community health workers work at planned community outreach events to provide education on cancer screening and prevention. During these events, interested individuals meet one-on-one with a community health worker to determine their risk for breast, cervical or colorectal cancer and their eligibility for financial assistance. Risk assessment is based on established guidelines.

The community health workers also serve as a "bridge" between clinicians and patients by helping patients navigate the complex health care system. Services include assisting with scheduling, appointment reminders, translation and transportation. Their unique role in Texas C-STEP strengthens existing community networks for care and provides patients with social support, education and reduced barriers to care.

Community Health Workers in Action