There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch for People’s Community Clinic

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Emmanuel Winston and Daniel Harvell at There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch for People's Community Clinic.

It all comes together.

State Sen. Kirk Watson‘s “10 Goals in 10 Years.”

The Dell Medical School at the University of Texas.

The Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas.

The Central Health plan to integrate community care with the new medical giants.

The medical research startups aimed for the Innovation Zone and highlighted by the Innovation Awards last week.


Emmanuel Winston and Daniel Harvell at There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch for People’s Community Clinic.

And then there’s People’s Community Clinic, which seems to embody all the goals of the new health crusade, including the idea of taking care of a community, not just an individual.

During the annual There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel, keynote speaker Elena Marks, impressive president and CEO of the $1 billion Episcopal Health Foundation, showed chart after chart proving that we spend too much fixing patients because we don’t spend enough fixing communities.

One video illustrated it all: A family repeatedly returned to People’s with severe insect bites. Instead of just treating the symptoms, the clinic and its legal partners did some investigating, and found that their dilapidated apartment had no air conditioning or screens on the windows. By getting the complex owner to fix the building, they fixed a community. And saved money in the long run.

Accepting the W. Neal Kocurek Health Advocacy Award was Sen. Watson himself — funny, energetic, self-deprecating and capable of condensing complex ideas into the most clear, forceful statements.

The take for the lunch: $290,000.

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