How we respond to community health needs

Baylor Scott & White Health hospitals provide access to care to the underserved and uninsured in collaboration with other affiliates across our system. Through innovative programs and services ranging from community outreach efforts to medical education and research trials, this system affiliation allows our hospitals to better address the identified health needs and to continue to do good works on behalf of the community.

Community outreach programs
​​​​​​​​​​​​​Browse this list to find out more about some of our leading community outreach efforts.
Adolescent wellness and sexual health

Scott & White Wellness and Sexual Health Program empowers teens with information necessary to develop healthy habits and relationships.

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Baylor Scott & White health and wellness center

The Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center (BSW HWC) at Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center offers comprehensive health and wellness services with an emphasis on access to care, health education, nutrition and physical activity. The Center is a model for population health, community collaboration and innovation all aimed at meeting the healthcare needs of our neighbors.

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Canine Companions®

Canine Companions®

Baylor Scott & White has affiliated with Canine Companions, a leader in the development of service dogs, to provide highly-trained service dogs to people in the Southwest. This training center is the first in the nation connected with a healthcare system.

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Central Texas poison center

Located at Scott & White Medical Center – Temple, Texas, the Central Texas Poison Center (CTPC) is a 24-hour poison emergency treatment and information resource for healthcare professionals and the public in Central Texas.

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Community care clinics

With the help of HealthTexas Provider Network physicians and clinicians, Baylor Scott & White serves the uninsured and underserved in North Texas through eight clinics that provide primary and specialty care.

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Delivery system reform incentive payment projects

Baylor Scott & White is improving the model of care to allow equal access to health services to all. Read more about how we're reaching others with more primary, specialty and behavioral healthcare services.

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Faith in action initiatives

Through Faith in Action Initiatives (FIAI) we extend quality, compassionate care and innovation to additional communities in need. We are making an impact on health across our communities and the globe through the donation of medical supplies and equipment plus support for employees serving on international medical service programs.

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Family food and fun
A free weekly wellness education program for families in Central Texas. Open to parents and children ages 9-15. Program includes: hands on cooking demonstrations, budget friendly recipes, cooking competition; fitness demonstrations for home, park and gym; and interactive technology that encourages family meal time and physical activity.
Farmers market

Baylor Scott & White hosts a weekly farmer's market from May to September each year at various hospital locations. More than 16 vendors bring their healthy fruits and vegetables. The Baylor Scott & White nutrition department occasionally does a healthy cooking demonstration and provides healthy recipe cards.

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The Baylor Scott & White HealthSpeak Education Series provides free, monthly educational programs about health and wellness, disease prevention and current treatment options. Healthcare providers from Baylor Scott & White Health medical centers and clinics provide information in presentations designed to invoke questions and audience participation.

Learn more about our HealthSpeak seminars

HealthTexas provider network

By investing in valuable programs and services for the uninsured, under-served and most at-risk populations, Baylor Scott & White is building healthier communities and strengthening lives across Texas. In collaboration with HTPN and Scott & White Clinics, we provide patient-centered medical homes to under-served individuals.

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Health and wellness focus of care

Population health is an approach to healthcare that aims to improve health outcomes for entire patient populations while reducing healthcare costs. This is done by focusing primarily on the highest risk patients – those diagnosed with chronic disease such as diabetes, heart failure or asthma – to help them manage it more efficiently and stay out of the emergency department or hospital.

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Improving geriatric care

Baylor Scott & White is committed to improving the health and patient experience for elderly community members. Through Alzheimer's and dementia treatment to providing smooth transitions between care providers, we're creating new ways to meet the needs of seniors.

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Injury prevention

Regular Community outreach classes and events are conducted to provide educational materials and promote injury prevention and safety. Injury prevention tips on safe driving, biking, shopping safety and more for keeping children safe and healthy.

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Medical education

Medical education is a vital part of Baylor Scott & White's commitment to exemplary care, education and research. Through our medical internship, residency, fellowship and nursing education program, we are developing visionary leaders for the future of healthcare.

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Nurse family partnership
Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based community healthcare program in Central Texas that empowers low-income, first-time mothers to become confident parents and strong women by partnering with nurse home visits. Nurse home visits begin early in the mother's pregnancy and continue visitation until the child's second birthday. Nurses provide support, resource connections, education and counseling on health, behavioral and self-sufficiency issues. NFP is one the most rigorously tested programs of its kind—randomized; controlled trials conducted over the past 30 years demonstrate positive multi-generational outcomes for families and their communities. These include improved prenatal health, fewer subsequent pregnancies, increased maternal employment, improved child school readiness, reduced criminal involvement, and less child abuse, neglect and injuries.
Office of mission and ministry

The Office of Mission and Ministry has a far reaching impact on patients, families, staff and the global community through pastoral care, clinical pastoral education and medical missions. See how Baylor Scott & White cares for the whole person through these initiatives.

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Student engagement

Student Engagement is a service organized through the Community Outreach department with the goal of providing opportunities for K-12 schools to collaborate with Baylor Scott & White hospitals and clinics.

For service in the Austin/Round Rock region, including the Travis and Williamson Country areas, fill out the form below and email

To connect with Baylor Scott & White in other regions, please email

Supportive palliative care

The Baylor Scott & White Health supportive palliative care program is an area of healthcare that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients. Supportive palliative care provides consultation services to help patients and families face the complex physical, psychological, social and spiritual problems often accompanying advanced illness. These services are offered regardless of the patient's ability to pay.

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Pediatric asthma outreach

Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Hospital in Temple uses a full-time certified asthma educator to coordinate outreach and education for asthma within the System and in the community.

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Por tu familia
Presented by Baylor Scott & White, Por tu Familia, or "for your family", is the signature comprehensive diabetes prevention and management program of the American Diabetes Association's Latino initiatives. It is a comprehensive program developed for and targeted to Latinos. It is geared towards people who have been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, caregivers of people with diabetes, as well as anyone who believes they might be at risk.
Project SEARCH

A school-to-work program designed for high school students with disabilities offered in cooperation between Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – College Station, College Station Independent School District, Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living (BVCIL), MHMR Authority of Brazos Valley, Region 6 Education Service Center and Junction 505.

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Baylor Research Institute (BRI) focuses on finding prevention therapies and treatments for diseases and illnesses through translational medicine, which turns basic science discoveries into new therapies for patients. This kind of research – dubbed "bench to bed-side" – is at the core of BRI's commitment to implement evidenced-based medicine safely and effectively in as few steps as possible.

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Walk with a doc

Walk With a Doc is a year-round monthly walking program sponsored locally by Baylor Scott & White Health, Temple Mayor's Fitness Council and the Scott & White Health Plan. The goal is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle, which will improve the health and well-being of the community. Each program starts with a volunteer physician hosting a short discussion on a popular health topic like heart health, women's health, screening tips, etc. Then, the conversation migrates into the 2-mile walk, all the way back to the meeting point, where walkers can have their blood pressure checked, get water and a light healthy snack.

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Wellness programs – Brazos Valley

Baylor Scott & White Health offers several programs in Brenham and College Station for the Brazos Valley community.

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