Mission & History

Our Mission

  • To provide excellence in the delivery of primary health care services
  • To provide a clinical setting for the practice and demonstration of ideal nursing practices to enhance the body of nursing knowledge for undergraduate and graduate student nurses
  • To facilitate nursing research activities

Our History

The School of Nursing began providing healthcare to the uninsured and underinsured of Travis County with their Breast Cancer Screening Project in 1990. In 1991, the Women’s Wellness Clinic began offering breast and cervical cancer screening services for the un-, and underinsured women in Travis County with financial support from the Texas Department of Health, Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the Veritas Foundation.

In 1995, the school district nurse for Del Valle ISD (DVISD) approached the School of Nursing for assistance with the complex health problems of the children in that area. This nurse was the only registered nurse working in the district at that time. After discussions about the health care needs of DVISD, the School of Nursing performed a needs assessment, gathering such information as health status, school attendance, health care resources, and other data from key community members. With initial funding from the Texas Department of Health (now Texas Department of State Health Services), the Children’s Wellness Center was opened in April 1996 as a primary health care site for children ages 0-12, who reside in DVISD.

As the need for accessible health care in Central Texas increased, the School decided to expand the services at the Women’s Wellness Clinic to include family practice, and in 2007 established the Family Wellness Center, which supports the Women’s Wellness program.

We have been generously supported for many years by Del Valle ISD, St. David’s Community Health Foundation, Susan and Michael Dell Foundation, Dell Foundation, and The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to serving the community’s medical needs, the School of Nursing Wellness Center provides a training environment where students can gain valuable clinical experiences.