During National Women’s Health Week, which began on May 9, the Texas Commission on Human and Health Services encourages women and girls to take care of their physical and mental health.
“Texas HHSC is committed to helping Texas women access quality wellness and health care programs
this can change lives and save lives, ”said Cecile Erwin Young, HHS executive commissioner.
“In commemorating Women’s Health Week, we hope to motivate women to learn about the health resources at their disposal and inspire others to do the same.”
National Women’s Health Week raises awareness about women’s health issues and highlights ways in which women can make their health a priority and maintain healthy habits. HHSC supports these efforts through a variety of programs and services dedicated to the well-being of Texas women and their children. Some of the programs include:
Women’s health services
Healthy Texas Women and Family Planning programs offer health and family planning services, including contraceptives, cancer testing, and pregnancy testing, at little or no cost. In addition, eligible women can receive comprehensive health care from women for up to 12 months after delivery through expanded Healthy Texas Women Plus services. Last year, the Healthy Texas Women program served 182,466 women and the Family Planning Program served 116,779 Texans.
HHSC Women’s Health Services also includes the Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program that provides screening and diagnostic services for women to help identify breast and cervical cancers in their early stages when treatment is most effective. In 2020, the program helped more than 28,300 women in Texas. You can find more information about women’s health services at www.HealthyTexasWomen.org.
The special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children is a health and nutrition program that helps improve the diet of infants and children, as well as pregnant, postpartum, and infant women. WIC served approximately 675,000 people each month in 2020, providing healthy food benefits, breastfeeding support, and nutrition education. At TexasWIC.org, there are free online, live and live health, nutrition and breastfeeding classes.
Substance use disorder programs
To support women with substance use disorders, HHSC provides a wide variety of services, including two new initiatives. As of July 2021, pregnant women with Medicaid opioid use disorders may be eligible to participate in the new Maternal Opioid Abuse in the Harris County area. As one of ten states selected to implement MOM, the model will improve access to treatment and care through a multidisciplinary clinic that offers coordinated care and peer support.
Beginning in April, jeans in Bexar, Dallas and Harris counties will be able to access social support services and drug-assisted therapy as part of the Integrated Family Planning Opioid Response program through a partnership with opioids directed to HHSC Texas.
Through the Texas State Department of Health Services, which is part of Texas Health and Human Services, the TexasAIM initiative helps hospitals and clinics improve maternal safety by implementing best practices. The goal of the initiative is to end preventable maternal deaths and reduce postpartum health problems. This year, 98 percent of Texas hospitals with obstetric service lines are enrolled in TexasAIM.
Postpartum depression screening
Medicaid and the Child Health Insurance Program cover postpartum depression screening for the mother of an enrolled baby, regardless of whether the mother has Medicaid, CHIP, or other coverage. Screening can occur during a children’s indoor visit well before the baby’s first birthday. HHSC also provides a range of mental health and substance use services for all eligible jeans. Services include resource referrals, crisis counseling and other special aids.
About National Women’s Health Week
National Women’s Health Week is a week-long health observation led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Women’s Health Office. The week of May 9-15 serves as a reminder for women and girls to make their health a priority. The agency has published tips on how women and girls can improve their health.