About Us

Our History

The Health Collaborative began informally in 1997 when the city’s major healthcare organizations agreed to put aside their competitive business practices to conduct a comprehensive health needs assessment. The evolution in 2000 to an incorporated entity with a long-range strategic plan is in response to the founding members’ interest in improving the health status of the community by working together.

The Health Collaborative has developed into a powerful network of citizens, community organizations and businesses. The result is a more robust, less duplicative, more synergistic approach to solving critical community health needs, while efficiently utilizing resources.

Our Mission

To improve the health status of the community through collaborative means.

Our Vision

Enhance positive community health outcomes by leveraging appropriate resources

Play a leadership role in evaluating, developing, funding, and implementing health initiatives

Increase the number of partners in The Health Collaborative

Decrease duplication of health services in the community and promote coordinated efforts for the best possible community health outcome

Adopt an appropriate community health improvement measurement system

Our Values

Dignity: Respect for the worth of every person, recognition and commitment to the value of diverse individuals and perspectives, and special concern for the poor and underserved.

Integrity: Honesty, justice, and consistency in all relationships.

Excellence: High standards of service and performance.

Compassion: Service in a spirit of empathy, love, and concern.

Stewardship: Wise and just use of talents and resources in a collaborative manner.

Visionaries

“We learned how very easy it is to leave your competitive pressures at the door because at the end of the day, our mission was the same…at the end of the day, our goals were the same…and at the end of the day, it was all about the community.”

Geoff Crabtree
Founding Board Member and Past President of the Health Collaborative Board of Directors
Senior Vice President, Methodist Healthcare System

“The Health Collaborative is one of the best things that ever happened to San Antonio. That’s because the people really care about the health status of the community and the health status of future generations.”

Theresa De La Haya, RN, MPH
Past President of the Health Collaborative Board of Directors
Senior Vice President of Community Health and Clinical Prevention Programs, University Health System

Board of Directors

Robert Ferrer

University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Board Chair

Oralia Bazaldua, PharmD

Greg Gieseman

Community First Health Plans

Priti Mody-Bailey, MD

Charles L. Knight, MBA

Principle Consultant in Managed Care

Past Board Chair

Timothy Porter

Appddiction Studio

Beth Davenport

Baptist Health System

Patti Tanner

Charlene Doria-Ortiz

Bexar County Department of Community Resources

Eddie Ortega

Dennis Gonzales, PhD

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System

Andrea Guajardo, PhD (c)

Pilar Oates

Community Member

Vice-Chair

George Thomas

Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.

Edward Dick, MD

Palmira Arellano

Methodist Healthcare System

Carole Harris

Steve Blanchard, PhD

Our Lady of the Lake University

Julie Stuckey, DNPC, RN, MSN, ANP, AANP-C

Jennifer Herriott, MPH

San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

Rita Espinoza, MPH

Theresa De La Haya, RN, MPH

University Health System

Secretary/Treasurer

Sandy Morander

YMCA of Greater San Antonio

Kristine Gusman

Mark Stoeltje

San Antonio Clubhouse

Kendra Royal

Douglas C. Beach

Faith Community Member

Shafik Dharamsi, PhD

University of the Incarnate Word

Anil T. Mangla, B.Sc., MS, PhD, MPH, FRSPH

Staff

Elizabeth Lutz

Executive Director

Fuji Walker

Executive Assistant/Board Liason

Vanessa Lopez

Program Supervisor

Brittany Lengevin

CHES Programs Supervisor

Kate Scully

Grant Manager

Caroline Bergeron

Program Manager

Our Staff

Elizabeth Lutz
Executive Director

Ms. Lutz is the Executive Director of The Health Collaborative. She has been with the organization since 2007, serving in multiple roles throughout her tenure. She asserts her passion for community health, equality in service, and collaborative vision to construct sustainable and resilient processes that will directly impact the health status of the community. Ms. Lutz assiduously works in tandem with the Board of Directors and staff to provide the highest standards of collaboration, sharing of resources and best practices to increase the impact of services to the community. Through these strengths, Ms. Lutz has been able to leverage resources to extend the mission of The Health Collaborative into a new caliber of service-oriented initiatives that bring together leaders in the field of community health to promote their joint efforts while fostering a shared vision of prosperity for the citizens of Bexar County, and diminishing duplication of services and the need for competition in the area of community health.

Ms. Lutz background includes over 12 years of business management, administration, and program management, as well as experience in building community infrastructure and partnerships to develop resources for community health improvement.

Fuji Walker
Executive Assistant/Board Liaison

I am a Minister, Wife, Mother and Grandmother. I was born in Ventura, Cal. from parents who were also ministers. My professional background is over 30 years of customer service to include Human Resources Training Coordinator, Customer Service Manager, and Bookkeeping\Accounting. As a former military wife, I worked for Moral, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) where I received a Certificate of Achievement in the Navy Standardized Youth Recreation Leader Training Program. I am currently enrolled in Bethesda School of Ministry to further my education as an Ordained Pastor. I have a passion for people and my community. As a minister I have had the pleasure of speaking at several women’s conferences. I have worked with the youth and volunteered my time, finances and unconditional love and support. Encouraging people and giving them the knowledge and tools to be successful in life is my ministry.

Vanessa Lopez
Program Supervisor

Ms. Vanessa Lopez earned a Bachelors of Science degree with a concentration in Community Health from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has been a valuable member of The Health Collaborative team since August 2013, serving as the lead health educator in facilitating multiple teen pregnancy prevention curriculums with local school districts, providing teen pregnancy prevent programs to more than 7,500 students each year. Ms. Lopez oversees other programs for The Health Collaborative including the Community Health Assessment, Community Health Improvement Plan, Immunize San Antonio, EnrollSA, and the Ryan White Program. She is currently continuing her education at Texas A&M San Antonio for a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management. Ms. Lopez is also a student at Our Lady of the Lake University in the Non-profit Management Certification program.

Brittany Langevin
CHES Programs Supervisor

Brittany Langevin, CHES is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Community Health. She has been a valuable member of The Health Collaborative team since May 2014, serving as Program Supervisor of the Healthy Me, Healthy We program, The San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative, and other related programs of the organization. She has a passion for health and hopes to make a difference in the community.

Kate Scully

Kate Scully
Grant Manager

Kate R. Scully has been The Health Collaborative’s grant manager since December 2015. She is also a graduate student at Yale University’s School of Nursing in New Haven, Connecticut where she is working towards becoming a Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwife. She received her B.A. in Literature and Communications from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas in 2006 and her Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Population Studies with a Certificate in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2016. Ms. Scully is also co-founder of LezRideSA, an advocacy organization that raises money for LGBTQ youth in San Antonio and builds community for LGBTQ families through wellness and outdoor activities.

Caroline Bergeron

Caroline Bergeron
Program Manager

Caroline D. Bergeron, DrPH, MSc, CHES is a Program Manager at The Health Collaborative and Site Evaluator for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Bridging for Health program. Dr. Bergeron received her doctorate in public health from the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, from the University of South Carolina in 2015 and joined The Health Collaborative in April 2016. She is primarily responsible for recording and evaluating the development of a health impact investment fund in the community.