Committed to a brighter future for children, neighbors and communities.

We consider a healthy neighborhood to be one that is safe, clean, and diverse; one in which it makes economic sense for people to invest and one where neighbors manage change successfully.

We consider a healthy neighborhood to be one that is safe, clean, and diverse; one in which it makes economic sense for people to invest and one where neighbors manage change successfully.

A Part of the Team

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We all want to live a healthy and productive life and take care of ourselves, but that doesn’t always mean we enjoy going to the doctor. In fact, if you’re like me, you might have grown up rarely going to the doctor and that’s carried over some into adulthood. Whatever your past experience, a doctor’s visit is one of the most important and vulnerable exchanges we can have, and because of that, it matters how that visit goes.

This year, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC) through a new partnership with Waco Family Medicine. The PFAC is a representative group of patients and family members of patients who serve to advise Waco Family Medicine on how to improve patient-centered care. Members share about their experiences within the network and offer suggestions on how to make improvements at each meeting. Over the last several months, I’ve facilitated the PFAC meetings for Waco Family Medicine and I’ve learned two important things over that time period. One, patients mostly love being a patient at Waco Family Medicine. They love their doctors; they’re grateful for the care they receive from the staff; and they appreciate the mission of Waco Family Medicine. And second, patients deserve to be a part of the team and have wonderful ideas to contribute when they’re asked. The PFAC members enjoy gathering around the table; they appreciate that their experiences are heard; and they always have practical solutions to any concerns that are shared. They are valuable members of the team.

This second lesson is perhaps an important one for all of us to learn. We have people across our community whose experiences across a variety of areas need to be heard and need to be learned from. I for one am grateful for the partnership with Waco Family Medicine and the lessons I’m learning from their PFAC members.

– Josh Caballero

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Parents and Students of Waco ISD: Meet the Teacher Events are happening on campuses this Thursday and Saturday. Check out the flyer below for more details.
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Grassroots is delighted that one of our Community Organizers, Deshauna Hollie received the first Henrietta Napier Changemaker Award in Education!!! Read more details below.

The winner of the Henrietta Napier Changemaker Award in Education is DeShauna Hollie.
Hollie works at Grassroots Community Development, and she spent 10 years teaching young children at Talitha Koum. She has promoted effective early childhood care and education by considering the traumatic stress experienced by many children. After a decade of addressing social and emotional needs while teaching, DeShauna made a move to community organizing in North Waco with Grassroots Community Development. Here she continues to advocate for children and families while building bridges across sectors. Hollie considers a supportive neighborhood as part of a healthy childhood experience.

Congratulations DeShauna!
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Parent Connect is a group at Alta Vista Elementary who strongly believes that parents can support each other as their kids go to school together. Interested in learning more? Read about it and how to get involved here, https://grassrootswaco.org/blog/parent-connect