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.


“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

Theresa De La Haya, RN, MPH

Board Chair

Senior Vice President at
Community Health and Clinical Prevention Programs

Pilar Oates

Past Board Chair

Community Member

Edward Dick, MD

Vice-Board Member

Sr. Vice President at Integrated Health Services
Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.

Priti Mody-Bailey, MD


Community First Health Plans

Tim Porter, MBA

CEO at Appddiction Studios

David Marquez, MUP

Executive Director at
Bexar County Economic Development
and Community Resources

Sarah E. Hill, PhD

VP of Mission Integration
at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System

Palmira Arellano

Vice President
Marketing and Public Relations
Methodist Healthcare System

Anita K Kurian, MBBS, MPH,DrPH

Assistant Director of Health
at San Antonio Metro Health District

Hans Bruntmyer, DO

University of the Incarnate Word

Robert Ferrer, MD

Director of Community Engagement
Professor and Vice Chair for Research UTHSCSA
University of Texas Health Science Center
Dept of Family and Community Medicine

Board Emeritus

Steve Blanchard, PhD

Charles Kight, MBA

Leadership Staff

Elizabeth Lutz

Executive Director

Fuji Walker

Community Initiatives Manager

Anel Trevino, MBA, CHWI

Learning Collaborations Manager/ Product Manager

Jordan McIlveen, MPH

Community Information & Data Manager