El Centro de Corazón is Growing Resilient Futures

Growing resilient futures through community-centered healthcare

We have served Houston’s East End for over 27 years, providing quality, bilingual health care to children, adults and seniors. We treat everyone who needs care—regardless of their ability to pay, with accessible sliding-scale fees for primary, behavioral, and dental health care, as well as women’s health services. But our commitment to the health of our patients extends beyond our health centers’ doors, because we know health happens in neighborhoods.

Stewarding our patients’ health means check-ups and preventative care, but it also means stepping in when families are food insecure and getting them the resources they need. And it means setting up families for success as they manage chronic health issues like diabetes and childhood obesity at home.

This year has been challenging, but our vision remains focused. We continue our mission of serving our patients inside and outside our health centers, and growing resilient futures for Houston.

2019 At-a-Glance

Over 12,900 low-income children and adults served annually.

Over 46,000 patient visits performed annually.

Over 800 families provided with school supplies annually.

The impact of your gift


Provides a patient with a behavioral health counseling session.


Provides a patient with a primary care medical visit.


Provides an adult patient with a comprehensive dental exam.

Who we serve

El Centro’s target population is the Ripley Medically Underserved Area (MUA). 96% of patients live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. 90.8% of patients identify as Hispanic/Latino and 59% of patients are uninsured.

Explore how our team grows resilient futures every day

Dr. Daniela Ovadia nurtures strong hearts

Bianca Gaytan sows healthy habits

Jorge Olvera cultivates community wellness

About El Centro de Corazón

Serving Houston’s East End community since 1994, El Centro de Corazón (El Centro) is an accomplished Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with four health center locations and offers a comprehensive range of pediatric and adult health care services for the medically underserved and uninsured, which includes primary care, women’s health, dental care, and behavioral health services. El Centro also provides ancillary services, such as case management and eligibility assistance, to help patients and their families overcome obstacles to accessing health care services.