About Us

Community health choice truck

When we opened our doors 20 years ago, no one could have imagined what Community Health Choice would become. We began in 1997 with only handful of employees who had a narrow mission: Improve the health of underserved children in Harris County by making health insurance more affordable.

Two decades later, everything we do is still guided by a mission to open doors to better health in Southeast Texas.

We’re proud of all that we have accomplished in the name of this mission, and that’s why we’re celebrating the remarkable chance we’ve been given to serve our Members. We feel humbled and honored by the opportunity to continue the important work we’re doing for the next 20 years and beyond.

Our Mission

At Community, our mission is to improve the health and well-being of under-served residents of Southeast Texas by opening doors to coordinated, high-quality, affordable health care and health-related social services.

Our Promise

Community Health Choice is a LOCAL non-profit health plan. At Community, we genuinely CARE for andSERVE our Community. We are a TRUSTED partner who RESPECTS our Members and their families, opens doors to high-quality healthcare, and makes the process EASY. Even more simply, we say Community Cares.

What We Do

We are a local, non-profit health plan, offering Children's Medicaid (STAR) and CHIP programs. We also offer plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Community has a network of 10,000 doctors and 77 hospitals.

Our Care Management team offers:

  • Childbirth classes
  • Health education
  • Programs for asthma, diabetes and high-risk pregnancy

Community is accredited by URAC for its health plan operations.

We are affiliated with the Harris Health System. However, we do not receive any money from Harris Health System or from Harris County taxpayers.

Community Board of Directors

Board Chair
Vicki Keiser

Board Vice Chair
Raymond Khoury

Board Secretary
Jose Garcia, M.D., S.M.

Board Members
Vivian Ho, PhD
Stephen L. McKernan, DO, FAAFP
Elena Marks
Daisy Stiner

Community Senior Management

Kenneth Janda
President and Chief Executive Officer

Karen Love
Executive Vice President
and Chief Operating Officer

Fred Buckwold M.D.
Sr. VP, Medical Affairs

Richard Lee, C.P.A.
Sr. VP, Finance

Alfonso Rubio
Sr. VP, Information Technology

Our Community Outreach Team

Community cares about helping you and your family get the health care coverage you need. We work with many community organizations to serve you. What we do:

  • Offer application assistance
  • Host fun, back-to-school events
  • Host events with community-based organizations (CBOs)
  • Participate in local health fairs and events

Email Claudia Garcia at claudia.garcia@communitycares.com to learn more.