The Texas Medical Home Initiative (TMHI) was created in 2008 by a group of diverse stakeholders whose shared belief was that all Texans deserve access to high quality, timely, and person-centered primary care. To accomplish this, the group endorsed the newly created patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of primary care with a vision that every Texan should have a medical home by 2012.
From 2010-2012 the TMHI, with generous support from a number of organizations, planned and executed a 2-year pilot project involving 7 adult primary care practices in the North and East Texas regions. With an intensive coaching model and twice-yearly learning collaboratives, all 7 practices achieved recognition as a medical home by the National Center for Quality Assurance. The pilot project was an important and successful milestone, yet the TMHI recognized that in order to more widely disseminate the PCMH concept and strengthen the primary care infrastructure throughout a state as vast as Texas, a different approach was needed.
In 2012, the TMHI began collaboration with Texas Health Institute (THI), which serves as the state’s public health institute and brings years of experience in convening diverse stakeholder groups across the healthcare spectrum with local, state, and national impact. The collaboration produced six successful annual statewide conferences on primary care and the medical home, known as the “Texas Primary Care and Health Home Summit.” In 2018, the collaboration between TMHI and THI evolved into the Texas Primary Care Consortium (TPCC), reiterating their shared commitment to achieving systems-wide impact through primary care transformation efforts across Texas. Most notably, the consortium underlines their recognition for the need to expand their focus beyond the annual summit. TPCC continues to host an annual summit, renamed the “Texas Primary Care Consortium Annual Summit” and is in process of producing a concept paper titled “Primary Care and Health System Transformation in Texas: Assessing Needs and Identifying Opportunities.”
Today, TPCC leadership remains committed to continuing and expanding the work that began in 2008, engaging additional stakeholders, and persistently examining the most effective methods to achieve our mission and improve the health of all Texans.