People's Community Clinic

Organizational Overview

People's Community Clinic
1101 Camino La Costa
Austin, Texas 78752

Mission Statement

The mission of People's Community Clinic is to improve the health of medically underserved and uninsured Central Texans by providing high quality, affordable healthcare with dignity and respect.

People's opened a new clinic in April 2016. Located in the heart of the neighborhoods where most of our patients live, our new 59,000 square foot facility means we have the capacity to nearly double the number of patients we serve annually, from 12,000 to 20,000! In addition to providing primary care, we offer critical services such as Chronic Disease Management and Integrated Behavioral Health. Meanwhile, our original clinic site located at 29th and IH-35 is still part of People's and has become our Center for Women's Health.

Impact Statement

In 2016, People's provided a medical home for over 12,000 people. The clinic's full range of primary health services include prenatal, pediatric, adolescent, and adult care; immunizations for children and adults; health education; social work and behavioral health services; chronic disease management; and nutrition and healthy lifestyle counseling. An on-site lab and pharmacy are available for patient convenience.

People's Community Clinic focuses on delivering the right care, at the right time, cost effectively. Regular medical care for patients with chronic diseases not only improves health, but keeps emergency room use down. Ensuring that children come in for well child check-ups allows issues to be identified and addressed sooner as opposed to later. The babies born into the clinic practice are healthier because their mothers receive quality prenatal care. Simply put, good health care makes sense for our patients and our community.

Needs Statement

Austin is the fastest-growing city in the United States. With this growth comes incredible opportunity but also significant challenge. The Austin area has a significant population of low-income people; a recent US Census report estimates that more than 197,000 Travis County residents (18%) live at or below the federal poverty line, with 385,000 individuals (36%) living at or below 200% of poverty. In addition, the state of Texas has the highest percentage of individuals lacking health insurance nation-wide. In addition, Texas has declined to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act thus denying a segment of those living in poverty the opportunity to utilize Medicaid. People's is a trusted provider for uninsured and other low-income people in the Austin area, and has provided high-quality care without regard for the ability to pay since 1970.

Tianna is a patient at People's. Her primary care provider, Diane Rainosek, is a nurse practitioner with the clinic's Center for Adolescent Health. "I really like Diane because she listens to what is going on in my life. She was the one to tell me that I was 5 months pregnant, and then she helped me to tell my mother." Tianna came to People's for her prenatal care, and soon after gave birth to a baby boy, Josiah. "I wouldn't take my son anywhere else."

Hossein came to the United States in 1976 seeking a better life. After losing his job, he ended up living on the street. "I was scared to death and without hope. No matter what I did, I couldn't find work." Hossein was surprised and impressed at the high quality of the care he received at People's. "Coming here has changed my life. I sincerely hope that I can somehow, some way give back to society for what has been given to me. I appreciate each person that works for People's Community Clinic. Now, my life is different. I have hope in my heart."
Volunteers are important for People's Community Clinic to provide healthcare services to underserved workers and their families in Central Texas. The gift of your time can make a significant different to People's patients, many of whom are low-income working singles or families without healthcare insurance. Below are the following ongoing volunteer opportunities:

Clinic Interpreter: Interpret between Spanish and English for our providers and patients.

Nutrition Class Assistant: Help with the Happy Kitchen, nutrition-based cooking classes. Assisting during class with set-up, food prep, clean-up, and quiet activities with young children who accompany their parents. Bilingual in Spanish is helpful, but not required. May through October

Peer Breastfeeding Counselor: Promote and educate new mothers on breastfeeding. Some administrative work to support the program will be required. Must be bilingual in Spanish and have experience in breastfeeding your child.

Reach Out and Read (ROR) Volunteer: Readers in the Waiting Room: Read to children in the PCC waiting room. Bilingual in Spanish is helpful, but not required.

To apply, visit
Amount: $2,500 & St. David's Foundation Grant Partner
Sponsored By: Schlotzsky's and St. David's Foundation

St. David's Foundation has offered a $1M matching grant to be distributed among their nonprofit Grant Partners on Amplify Austin Day. St. David's Foundation's 2017 Grant Partners will receive funds on a pro-rata basis.

Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day. Last year, this match resulted in a 30% boost to the funds raised by Grant Partners on the Day.

In addition, Schlotzsky's will be matching the first $2,500 we raise during Amplify Austin.