El Centro de Corazón was founded in 1994 in Houston's impoverished East End community as a social service organization with an initial focus on early childhood development. Over the years, El Centro expanded its focus to include the overall health of residents of the East End and the greater Houston area.  Today, El Centro is a designated Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with three health centers that offer pediatric and adult primary care, women’s health services, pediatric and adult dental care, and behavioral health services.  El Centro is also providing primary care services in The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD’s Southeast outpatient facility.  Additionally, El Centro is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient Centered Medical Home - Level 1 at its John S. Dunn Health Center.

Mission

The mission of El Centro de Corazón is to promote the individual, community, and social health of the East End and the greater Houston area.

Health disparities

El Centro is at the heart of making the East End a healthy community, through quality care that reaches the entire family, treating the whole person through prenatal, adult and pediatric primary care, dental, and mental health services.

El Centro provides

  • All services in Spanish
  • Dental, Mental, & Primary Health Care
  • Mental health services at each site
  • Weekly self-management workshops for diabetic patients

History

1994 - El Centro was founded and operated out a house in the community, offering early childhood intervention and mental health services
2003 - El Centro merged with Eastwood Health Clinic and deemed a Federally Qualified Health Center
2005 - El Centro expanded pediatric and primary care to City of Houston Magnolia Multi Service Center
2007 - El Centro expanded prenatal care to City of Houston Magnolia Multi Service Center
2010 - El Centro expanded pediatric care to the new John S. Dunn Clinic and expanded prenatal & accompanying behavioral health services to City of Houston Sunnyside Multi Service Center
2015 - El Centro expanded primary care services in The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD’s Southeast outpatient facility
2016 -El Centro’s John S. Dunn Health Center was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient Centered Medical Home - Level 1