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Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Graduate Assists in Securing CHIP Grant

July 12, 2013


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi alumnus Samantha Sifuentez was part of a team that secured more than $800,000 in grant monies for the Community Action Corporation of South Texas (CACOST).

Sifuentez worked on the grant application with other employees representing CACOST, a non-profit organization focused on improving the quality of life and promoting self-sufficiency of the people of South Texas.

The grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will help in identifying and enrolling children who are eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The purpose of the grant is to engage schools, reduce health coverage disparities, focus on enrollment, improve application assistance, and train the community on the enrollment system.

CACOST will use fund monies to employ seven navigators to serve in 11 South Texas counties, a service area with significant gaps in health coverage among its Hispanic population. The navigators will conduct outreach and provide application assistance through an established network of community health centers, Head Start programs, community service resource centers, schools and early childhood intervention centers.  

Sifuentez, a Planner with CACOST, graduated from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in December 2009 with a Bachelors of Arts in English and a Minor in Technical Writing, followed by a Masters of Arts in English in December 2012.

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