$600,000 grant to UT Health Science Center nursing clinics will expand health care to thousands of patients


The UT Nursing Clinical Enterprise, part of the School of Nursing at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, has received a $600,000 grant from the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation. Dr. Julie Novak, vice dean of the School of Nursing, is the grant principal investigator.

The grant ― one of only two awarded nationally from among 260 applications ― will help the nurse-led clinical enterprise expand its successful partnership with AVANCE-San Antonio’s Early Head Start Child Development Center at 2642 Castroville Road, and open two more clinics with AVANCE.

Services will expand from primary and preventive health care to include mental health services and nutritional counseling. The number of patients served has the potential to increase from the 300 children from birth to age 3 served at the Castroville Road location to thousands of children and family members at all three locations.

Expanded services will begin at the Castroville Road site Nov. 24.

Health care services will begin in early 2015 at AVANCE’s Fenley Center Head Start at Fenley Elementary School, 934 Flanders Ave., and Wintergarden Early Head Start/Head Start program at 217 W. Nopal St. in Uvalde.


10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014.


AVANCE-San Antonio health clinic, 2642 W. Castroville Road


Media will be able to tour the child and adult clinic and conduct interviews in English and Spanish with:

Julie Novak, D.N.Sc., RN, CPNP, FAANP, FAAN, vice dean of practice and engagement and executive director of the UT Nursing Clinical Enterprise; and

• Two additional pediatric nurse practitioners and a nutritionist, as well as parents whose children currently receive care at the clinic.


The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 13 percent of academic institutions receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced more than 31,000 graduates. The $787.7 million operating budget supports eight campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit www.uthscsa.edu.

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