Houston HealthScope - February 3, 2023

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The new state-of-the-art center is the first combined health and multi-service center in the Sunnyside community. It offers more than 57,000 square feet of combined community service-oriented, multi-service center and health center programs in one building. 

Services include immunization, dental, family planning, sexual health, tuberculosis, a Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) center and a Harris County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) program for seniors.

Learn more about the new Sunnyside Health and Multi-service Center. --> February is American Heart Month Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.One person dies every 34 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease. Learn more about heart disease and stroke prevention here. --> COVID-19 Talk with Local Health Authorities final episode Watch the 100th and final episode with Dr. David Persse and Dr. Ericka Brown. Listen as they discuss the current status of COVID-19. Thanks for watching and to everyone involved with making COVID-19 Talk an informative success. Watch here. --> The future of health begins with you The All of Us Research Program is inviting one million people across the U.S. to help build one of the most diverse health databases in history. Researchers will use the data to learn how our biology, lifestyle and environment affect health. This may one day help them find ways to treat and prevent disease. Learn more. --> Memories of My Grandfather On February 28, 2023, a telenovela-styled series, Memories of My Grandfather, will be screened at the North East Community Center.

The Harris County Area Agency on Aging will have an informational table to promote the services offered to Older Adults in Harris County. Register today. --> Monkeypox Teens and young adults: learn about monkeypox, and what to do if you think you might have it here. --> Protection against flu The best way to prevent flu is to get the shot, but healthy habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like flu. Learn more. --> Extra protection from COVID-19 Get your booster as soon as you’re eligible to help protect yourself from COVID-19. Get extra protection today if you haven’t yet received your updated (bivalent) booster. Learn more about when to get a booster.  --> COVID-19 positivity high in Houston Houston's 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 14.1%, and the wastewater virus load is 306% of the baseline. Stay up to date with vaccines to help lower your risk of becoming seriously ill due to a COVID-19 infection. Find a vaccination site here or call 832-393-4220. --> Join our mailing list

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February 3, 2023 The Houston Health Department (HHD) works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services
benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extends into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region.


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Houston HealthScope - January 20, 2023

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Inside the facility, Houston Health Department administers a Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clinic and Diabetes Awareness and Wellness Network (DAWN). Houston residents can benefit from the program's free diabetes self-management training and other medical resources if they have diabetes or are at risk of developing it.

For seniors 60 and older, the department's Harris County Area Agency on Aging will provide a full range of services such as a free meal program, health and wellness workshops, arts and crafts and senior resources.

Learn more about the new Alief Neighborhood Center. --> Lead in pottery Glazes or decorations covering the surface of some traditional pottery may contain lead. If pottery is not manufactured properly, lead can leach into food and drink prepared, stored or served in the dishes. No amount of washing, boiling or other process can remove lead from pottery. For more information on childhood lead poisoning prevention, visit our website.  --> COVID-19 Talk with Local Health Authorities Missed COVID-19 Talk? Watch the latest episode featuring local health authorities. The show airs live on HTV's Facebook Page every other Thursday at 9 a.m. If you want the latest information on the pandemic, you don't want to miss it. Watch here. --> Mental health is a growing problem Youth mental health involves more than just being depressed. A teen's life might be affected in a variety of ways. Learn what you can do to support teen mental health. --> Monkeypox Anyone who has had close, personal contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk. You can reduce your risk by following recommended prevention steps. Learn more. --> RSV symptoms Most people recover from Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV) in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. If condition worsens, symptoms may include wheezing, rapid breathing, gasping for breath, exhaustion, dehydration, or bluish color around the mouth and fingernails. To learn more, visit cdc.gov/rsv. --> Protection against measles Make sure your baby gets the first measles shot at 12 months of age. Protection against measles, mumps and rubella starts to develop around two weeks after getting the MMR vaccine. Learn more.  --> Fight flu this season There is still time to benefit from a flu shot this season. The department receives reports of flu cases as late as April and May. Help prevent the spread of flu. The more people vaccinated against flu, the more people are protected. Make an appointment at one of our health centers or call 832-393-5427. --> Learn the COVID facts Already had COVID? Get the added protection of a COVID-19 shot. Learn more about the benefits of getting a COVID-19 shot. --> COVID-19 positivity high in Houston Houston's 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 19.9%, and the wastewater virus load is 659% of the baseline. Stay up to date with vaccines to help lower your risk of becoming seriously ill due to a COVID-19 infection. Free vax sites: http://GetVaxxedHouston.org or 832-393-4220. --> Join our mailing list

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January 20, 2023 The Houston Health Department (HHD) works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services
benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extends into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region.


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Houston HealthScope - January 6, 2023

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November 28, 2022 --> Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention It’s time to go back to the doctor! Checking your child’s milestones and staying up to date on lead screenings and immunizations are important to your child’s health. Click here for more information. --> Pet Pantry Event District K Vice Mayor Pro -Tem Martha Castex-Tatum, in collaboration with Houston Humane Society, is sponsoring a FREE, drive-thru pet food distribution to those needing assistance. The event will take place in the Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center parking lot. You don't need to make an appointment and food will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis. --> The Holidays Are Here Spread kindness, not germs. Try covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. This helps prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like the common cold and COVID-19. Learn more. --> Fight Flu Need a reason to get your flu vaccine? Get vaccinated to protect yourself, your family, and your community from the flu! There is still time to get the flu vaccine. Learn more. --> Get Covered A healthy you is a happy you. All HealthCare.gov plans cover ten essential health benefits, including wellness visits, preventive services, and more, at no cost. Enroll today and get covered! Click here to get started. --> COVID-19 Bivalent Vaccine Boosters A single booster dose with an updated bivalent COVID-19 vaccine provides better protection against COVID-19 caused by the currently circulating Omicron variant. Learn more. --> Medicare Open Enrollment Medicare open enrollment is from October 15 through December 7. We make it easy for you by providing benefits counseling through the Area Agency on Aging. Call today: 832-393-4301 or 1-800-213-8471. Learn more. --> Monkeypox Vaccine Appointment People need to contact a doctor if they believe they were exposed and/or infected with monkeypox. To make a vaccination appointment, call 832-393-4220 or visit our website. --> COVID-19 Positivity High Houston's 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 6.5%, and the wastewater virus load is 134% of the baseline, an increasing trend from the previous week. Stay up to date with vaccines to help lower the numbers. Free vax sites: GetVaxxedHouston.org or 832-393-4220. --> Join our mailing list

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November 14, 2022 --> Free Diabetes Center in Acres Homes The Houston Health Department has opened a free diabetes center in Acres Homes. The new center will provide free diabetes education, help people diagnosed or at risk of diabetes develop self-management skills, and other services to help reduce and prevent chronic disease. Learn more. --> Diabetes Awareness Month The Houston Health Department brings attention to it through the Diabetes Awareness & Wellness Network, a program that provides education and support for adults diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. Learn more about DAWN and join today! --> COVID-19 Talk with Local Health Authorities Missed COVID-19 Talk? Watch the latest episode featuring Local Health Authorities. The show airs live on HTV's Facebook Page every other Thursday at 9 a.m. If you want the latest information on the pandemic, you don't want to miss it. Watch here. --> Antibiotic Awareness Week We’re proud to be a #BeAntibioticsAware partner for U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week! Don’t ask for antibiotics to treat viruses, like those that cause colds, flu, or COVID-19. Instead, ask your doctor or pharmacist how to feel better. Learn more about treatment for common illnesses.

  --> RSV Care Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Although there is no specific treatment for RSV infection, there are ways to relieve symptoms. Researchers are working to develop vaccines and antivirals for RSV. Visit cdc.gov/rsv for more information or consult your doctor. --> Booster Tool Don’t let time slip away from your PROTECTION. A booster provides added protection. To find out if you or a loved one can or should receive an additional COVID-19 booster, use this booster tool. --> Monkeypox Vaccine Appointment People need to contact a doctor if they believe they were exposed and/or infected with monkeypox. To make a vaccination appointment, call 832-393-4220 or visit our website. --> Risk Test for Prediabetes 1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes, but more than 80% of them don't know they have it. Find out your risk for prediabetes at DoIHavePrediabetes.org. --> Medicare Open Enrollment Medicare open enrollment is from October 15 through December 7. We make it easy for you by providing benefits counseling through the Area Agency on Aging. Call today: 832-393-4301 or 1-800-213-8471. Learn more. --> COVID-19 Positivity High Houston's 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 4.7%, and the wastewater virus load is 86% of the baseline. Stay up to date with vaccines to help lower the numbers. Free vax sites: GetVaxxedHouston.org or 832-393-4220. --> Join our mailing list

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benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extends into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region.


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October 14, 2022 --> Monkeypox Update Don’t let a temporary mark left on your forearm deter you from getting a monkeypox shot. New clinical guidelines now let you ask for the shot on your shoulder muscle or shoulder blade, two discreet areas of the body usually covered by clothes. Make an appointment by calling 832-393-4220 or by visiting houstonhealth.org. --> Why did I get the COVID-19 booster? Meet Dr. Janeana White our Deputy Health Authority for the Houston Health Department. See why she chose to get her COVID-19 booster to protect her college-age daughter. Visit houstonhealth.org or call us at 832-393-4220. --> COVID-19 Talk with Local Health Authorities Missed COVID-19 Talk? Watch the latest episode featuring Local Health Authorities Dr. David Persse & Dr. Ericka Brown. The show airs live on HTV's Facebook Page every other Thursday at 9 a.m. If you want the latest information on the pandemic, you don't want to miss it. Watch here. --> Medicare Open Enrollment Medicare open enrollment is from October 15 through December 7. We make it easy for you by providing benefits counseling through the Area Agency on Aging. Call us today: 832-393-4301 or 1-800-213-8471. Learn more.  --> Monkeypox Virtual Education Learn the eligibility requirements for the monkeypox vaccine and how to schedule an appointment. Join Houston Health's Olufisayo as he hosts a virtual discussion on monkeypox. Registration is free, come learn more about this disease and how it affects you. Learn more. --> Speaking Truth to Power Webinar Check out this event: Houston Sickle Cell Advocacy Summit 2022: Speaking Truth to Power on October 27 @ 08:30 a.m. Join us as we highlight the impact of racism, disparity, stigma, advocacy, and health policy! Register here. --> The COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review COVID-19 has impacted our lives in so many ways. The COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review gives great tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle during the pandemic. Learn more. --> COVID-19 Positivity High Houston's 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 7.7% and the wastewater virus load is 48% of the baseline, a decreasing trend from last week. Stay up to date with vaccines to help lower the numbers. Free vax sites: http://GetVaxxedHouston.org or 832-393-4220. --> Join our mailing list

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September 30, 2022 --> Flu Season The Houston Health Department encourages people to protect themselves and their families against the flu by getting vaccinated. Visit a Houston Health Center to receive a flu vaccination. Learn more. --> HHD WIC Program It is our job at WIC to make every mom feel the "Breastfeeding Energy". Here at WIC we try to uplift every breastfeeding mother and help her through her breastfeeding journey. Hoping this video motivates everyone. Watch now! --> COVID-19 Talk with Local Health Authorities Missed COVID-19 Talk? Watch the latest episode featuring Local Health Authorities Dr. David Persse & Dr. Ericka Brown. The show airs live on HTV's Facebook Page every other Thursday at 9 a.m. If you want the latest information on the pandemic, you don't want to miss it. Watch here. --> National Suicide Prevention Month Suicides and suicide attempts have a ripple effect that impacts families, friends, colleagues, communities, and societies. Please contact the crisis hotline for help. --> Monkeypox Virtual Education  Want to learn more about Monkeypox? Join Houston Health's Olufisayo as he hosts a virtual discussion on monkeypox. Registration is free, come learn more about this disease and how it affects you. Learn more. --> National Preparedness Month Your pets are also part of your legacy! Add these items in your emergency bag in case you need to evacuate with your four-legged buddies:
- A selfie with them in case you get separated.
- Medicine & grooming items.
- Collar with an ID & a leash.
Learn more about Preparedness Month. --> Houston Call Center The Houston Health Department encourages people to get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect you and your family from getting sick. For more information and to schedule your vaccine, go to houstonhealth.org or call 832-393-4220.

Monkeypox vaccination appointments are available too! --> COVID-19 Positivity High Houston's 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 13.1% and the wastewater virus load is 151% of the baseline, a decreasing trend from last week. Stay up to date with vaccines to help lower the numbers. Free vax sites: http://GetVaxxedHouston.org or 832-393-4220. --> Join our mailing list

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September 16, 2022 --> Updated Boosters The updated COVID-19 booster shots help restore protection. They target the most recent Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5. CDC recommends the use of Pfizer for people ages 12 years and up and Moderna for people ages 18 years and up at least 2 months after their last booster or primary series. Learn more. --> Hispanic Heritage Month! The Houston Health Department celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month! We honor the rich history, culture, and promising future of Houston’s Hispanic community. HHD is proud to celebrate. --> COVID-19 Talk with Local Health Authorities Missed COVID-19 Talk? Watch the latest episode featuring Local Health Authorities Dr. David Persse & Dr. Ericka Brown. The show airs live on HTV's Facebook Page every other Thursday at 9 a.m. If you want the latest information on the pandemic, you don't want to miss it. Watch here. --> National Suicide Prevention Month If you are struggling with a mental health-related crisis, don't wait. Today is the day for hope. Call or text 988. Visit 988lifeline.org. --> National Preparedness Month Build an emergency supply kit this month and consider the unique needs of your family. Include supplies that might be needed by pets, older adults, and those with disabilities in the event of an emergency. Learn More. --> Monkeypox Vaccine Appointment All men who have sex with men in Houston are now eligible to get a monkeypox vaccine. Make a vaccination appointment by calling 832-393-4220 or visiting our website. --> Vaxx Sites Help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Houston Health Department provides FREE vaccinations, including boosters when eligible. Find a site near you or call 832-393-4220. --> Monkeypox Case Count Check out this map of Houston that provides info on local monkeypox vaccine sites and case counts. If you think you have monkeypox or have had close personal contact with someone who has monkeypox, consider taking precautions and visit a healthcare provider.  --> Flu Season Need a reason to get your flu vaccine? Get vaccinated to protect yourself, your family, and your community from the flu! Learn more. --> Together, we are Houston Health The Houston Health Department provides free COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites. Visit our site and learn about all the services and programs we provide for Houstonians.  --> COVID-19 Positivity High Houston's 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 18.6% and the wastewater virus load is 357% of the baseline, an increasing trend from last week. Stay up to date with vaccines to help lower the numbers. Free vax sites: http://GetVaxxedHouston.org or 832-393-4220. --> Join our mailing list

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benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extends into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region.


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September 2, 2022 --> Protection from Mosquitoes Mosquitoes act like people are tasty treats. Avoiding mosquito bites can prevent a West Nile virus infection. Follow our tips to avoid mosquito bites. Learn more. --> National Preparedness Month! Visit here and follow along with us as we provide our best advice about the ways you and your family can stay safe and be prepared for disasters. --> COVID-19 Talk with Local Health Authorities Missed COVID-19 Talk? Watch the latest episode featuring Local Health Authorities Dr. David Persse & Dr. Ericka Brown. The show airs live on HTV's Facebook Page every other Thursday at 9 a.m. If you want the latest information on the pandemic, you don't want to miss it. Watch here. --> Monkeypox Virtual Education Are you up-to-date on knowledge about monkeypox? Join us for a free virtual presentation on the recent monkeypox outbreak and have all your questions answered. Register here. --> Monkeypox Vaccine Appointment All men who have sex with men in Houston are now eligible to get a monkeypox vaccine. Make a vaccination appointment by calling 832-393-4220 or visiting our website. --> Breathe with Pride Texas Key Facts:
In 2019, 21.8% of Texas high school youth reported currently using any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes. Among Texas high school youth, 4.9% reported currently smoking cigarettes. Learn more. --> Flu Season Need a reason to get your flu vaccine? Get vaccinated to protect yourself, your family, and your community from the flu! Learn more. --> COVID Data Tracker Start the school year off right and learn how to keep students, teachers, and staff safe from catching COVID-19. Visit the COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review. --> COVID-19 Positivity High Houston's 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 21.7% and the wastewater virus load is 298% of the baseline. A decreasing trend from last week. Stay up to date with vaccines to help lower the numbers.
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benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extends into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region.


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August 19, 2022 --> Intradermal Monkeypox Vaccination The Houston Health Department will switch to intradermal monkeypox vaccination and expand eligibility to people living with HIV. To make an appointment, visit our website, or call 832-393-4220. Learn more. --> Monkeypox Doses The Houston Health Department received a shipment of 10,100 monkeypox doses. The delivery boosts the department’s inventory to about 21,300 doses. The department provides 30 percent of all shipments to Harris County Public Health. Learn more. --> COVID-19 Talk with Local Health Authorities Missed COVID-19 Talk? Watch the latest episode featuring Local Health Authorities Dr. David Persse & Dr. Ericka Brown. The show airs live on HTV's Facebook Page every other Thursday at 9 a.m. If you want the latest information on the pandemic, you don't want to miss it. Watch here. --> Project Firstline Infection control is an essential part of caring for and protecting patients. Register for your training on Infection Control now! --> Monkeypox Virtual Education Are you up-to-date on knowledge about monkeypox? Join us for a free virtual presentation on the recent monkeypox outbreak and have all your questions answered. Register today. ¿Te encuentras actualizado sobre el tema de la viruela del mono? Acompáñanos en una presentación virtual gratuita sobre el reciente brote de viruela del mono y recibe respuesta para todas tus dudas. Regístrate hoy. --> National Immunization Awareness Month Now that schools have returned to in-person learning, children need to catch up on routine vaccinations so that they are protected against serious diseases. Healthcare providers can help families identify if their child or children have missed doses. Learn more immunization services. --> National Breastfeeding Month Learn how WIC supports moms-to-be, new moms, breastfeeding moms, infants, and children up to age 5. Learn how you can apply for WIC services near you. --> School is Back in Session! Make sure your kids are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines by getting all recommended doses, including a booster when eligible. Vaccination helps protect them from serious illness and also helps reduce the spread. Learn more. --> COVID-19 Positivity High Houston's 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 28.2% and the wastewater virus load is 561% of the baseline. A decreasing trend from last week. Stay up to date with vaccines to help lower the numbers. Free vax sites: GetVaxxedHouston.org or 832-393-4220. --> Join our mailing list

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benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extends into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region.


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August 5, 2022 --> Monkeypox Alert! The U.S has declared a public health emergency to strengthen the federal response to the monkeypox outbreak that has infected more than 6,600 Americans. It is important to get the vaccine if at high risk. To make appointments call 832-393-4220 or visit our website for information. --> CDC recognition for wastewater surveillance The Houston Health Department and Houston Public Works are honored to share with Rice University the CDC designation as a National Center of Excellence for wastewater surveillance. Wastewater testing has helped locate COVID-19 outbreaks throughout the city. Learn more. --> COVID-19 Talks with Local Health Authorities Missed COVID-19 Talk? Watch the latest episode featuring Local Health Authorities Dr. David Persse & Dr. Ericka Brown. The show airs live on HTV's Facebook Page every other Thursday at 9 a.m. If you want the latest information on the pandemic, you don't want to miss it. Watch here. --> National Breastfeeding Month August is National Breastfeeding Month! WIC provides support for moms-to-be, new moms, and kids up to age 5. Learn more about WIC. --> Project Firstline Infection control is an essential part of caring for and protecting patients. Register now for your training on Infection Control now!
  --> No More Violence Summit Community Re-Entry Network Program is hosting the “No More Violence Summit” from Friday, August 12 thru Saturday, August 13. This event is for family survivors who have lost loved ones due to violence. Register now. --> August is National Immunization Awareness Month The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend children see their doctor for checkups and routinely recommended vaccinations. Learn more. --> Sickle Cell Webinar The Houston Sickle Cell Collaborative is presenting a webinar on Behavioral Health. The keynote speaker is Dr. Lori E. Crosby, PsyD. The event is free, and the first 25 attendees will receive a $25 gift card. Register TODAY! --> Power in Community Event! Join us Friday, August 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Harris County Area Agency on Aging Power in Community Event! Gain knowledge for you and your loved ones with information regarding Texas Legal Services. To RSVP for the event email aging@houstontx.gov or call 832-393-4301.  --> COVID-19 positivity high Houston's 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 30.2% and the wastewater virus load is 725% of the baseline. Stay up to date with vaccines to help lower the numbers. Free vax sites: GetVaxxedHouston.org or 832-393-4220. --> Join our mailing list

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benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extends into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region.


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Houston HealthScope - July 22, 2022

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July 22, 2022 --> Monkeypox Top Five Want to know more about the monkeypox virus? Houston's Health Authority Dr. David Persse shares five important things Houstonians need to know about the virus. Monkeypox info sheet --> New COVID-19 vaccine approved Novavax will now be the fourth COVID-19 vaccine available in the U.S., in addition to Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. As a protein-based vaccine, Novavax is another option for people who are allergic to one of the components in a mRNA or viral-vector vaccine.  --> Don't let your guard down... it's dangerously hot! Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Extreme heat continues across the region, and it’s important to remember to drink enough water to stay hydrated. Watch for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness - it can be deadly. Follow the forecast. --> Monkeypox webinar Learn more about Monkeypox. Register now for this FREE webinar. --> Recruiting future public health professionals The Houston Health Department is recruiting 25 people to learn about a career in public health while they serve a year as an AmeriCorps member. Eligible participants will be trained to serve within in historically underserved zip codes, working within HHD programs and other community organizations. They will receive a monthly allowance and receive medical insurance coverage.  --> COVID-19 Talks with Local Health Authorities Missed COVID-19 Talk? Watch the latest episode featuring Local Health Authorities Dr. David Persse & Dr. Ericka Brown. The show airs live on HTV's Facebook Page every other Thursday at 9 a.m. If you want the latest information on the pandemic, you don't want to miss it. --> COVID-19 positivity high Houston's 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 30.4% and the wastewater virus load is 927% of the baseline. Stay up to date with vaccines to help lower the numbers. Free vax sites: GetVaxxedHouston.org or 832-393-4220. --> Join our mailing list

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The Houston Health Department (HHD) works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services
benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extends into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region.


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Houston HealthScope - July 8, 2022

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July 8, 2022 --> Monkeypox Monkeypox is a virus spread between people who are in close contact with each other. Symptoms start within two weeks of being infected with most people experiencing a rash that may look like pimples or blisters. Avoid direct contact with anyone showing signs of a new, unexplained rash including their bedding, clothing, or shared surfaces. Learn more.  --> COVID-19 Talks with Local Health Authorities Missed COVID-19 Talk? Watch the latest episode featuring Local Health Authorities Dr. David Persse & Dr. Ericka Brown. The show airs live on HTV's Facebook Page every other Thursday at 9 a.m. If you want the latest information on the pandemic, you don't want to miss it. --> THAP Recruiting new ambassadors The Trusted Health Ambassadors program fosters community relationships between the Houston Health Department and active community members by collaborating and providing information from accurate and trusted sources. Protect your community and save lives! As a Trusted Health Ambassador, you will share accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines to your family, friends, and community. Fill out our interest form or call 832-395-8953 to learn more. --> Community Re-Entry Network Program Spring Grads Congratulations to all of the 2022 Spring Community Re-Entry Program graduates. Learn more about the program.  --> More COVID-19 vaccine options for families Moderna will now join Pfizer in Houston Health vaccination sites. It's another option for families choosing which vaccine is best for their children. Houston Health will now provide both vaccines. The Moderna vaccine is administered in a two-dose series, with the second shot given at least four to eight weeks after the first. Learn more.  --> COVID-19 positivity high Houston's 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 28.3% and the wastewater virus load is 709% of the baseline. Stay up to date with vaccines to help lower the numbers. Free vax sites: GetVaxxedHouston.org or 832-393-4220. --> Join our mailing list

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benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extends into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region.


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Houston HealthScope - June 24, 2022

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June 24, 2022 COVID-19 vaccine update The CDC has approved infants and children 6 months and over to receive a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. You can get your little ones vaccinated at a Houston Health Department COVID-19 vaccine site. Learn more. --> Monkeypox in Houston The first case of monkeypox has been detected in Houston. The results of CDC and Houston Health Department lab testing confirm the first positive test. The case was discovered after the person began experiencing symptoms following travel. At this point, the threat of contracting monkeypox remains low since it does not spread as easily between people. Learn more.  --> COVID-19 Talks with Local Health Authorities Missed COVID-19 Talk? Watch the latest episode featuring Local Health Authorities Dr. David Persse & Dr. Ericka Brown. The two share their REAL thoughts on recent COVID-19 surge in Houston and CDC update on children vaccination. The show airs live on HTV's Facebook Page every other Thursday at 9 a.m. If you want the latest information on the pandemic, you don't want to miss it. --> Community Re-Entry Network Program Spring Grads Houston Health Department's Community Re-Entry Network Program hosted its first in-person graduation event since the pandemic. These graduates showed their commitment to the program and found a new way of living after incarceration. You can watch the graduation video on HTV Friday, July 1 at 6 p.m. Learn more. --> Giftcard to first 25 registered The Houston Sickle Cell Collaborative educational session scheduled for Thursday, June 30 at 4 p.m. The Collaborative is a partnership of community sickle cell organizations, patients and caregivers, advocates, and healthcare institutions who work towards common goals for our sickle cell community. Register by emailing htxsicklecellcollab.org to attend the first educational session with Dr. Venee Tubman. The first 25 to register and attend the session will receive a $25 giftcard. Learn more. --> Mosquito Week Local mosquito control is necessary to protect your community from mosquito-borne diseases. Learn more.   --> COVID-19 positivity rising Houston’s COVID-19 Community Level is currently HIGH. With cases going up, please consider wearing a mask in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status, and get tested if you have symptoms. Watch the spread of COVID-19 through Houston's wastewater and learn more. --> Join our mailing list

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June 10, 2022 --> Cooling Centers The National Weather Service is predicting heat index values will surpass 105 through the duration of the weekend. This weekend, Houston is helping the community by providing cooling centers for people without air conditioners. Learn more.  --> COVID-19 positivity rising Houston's 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 17.4% and the wastewater virus load is 381% of the baseline. Stay up to date with vaccines and help lower the numbers. Free vax sites: GetVaxxedHouston.org or 832-393-4220. --> Safety is important June is National Safety Month and Houston Health is excited to join the National Safety Council in observing this important initiative. NSC offers free weekly resources to help keep workplaces safe on topics like musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), workplace impairment, injury prevention, and slips, trips and falls. Learn more. --> COVID-19 TALK Watch COVID-19 Talk with Local Health Authorities every other Thursday at 9 a.m. Streams live on HTV Houston Television and on our Houston Health Facebook page. Watch the latest episode here. --> The City is hiring! Join us for our Annual City of Houston Career Fair on June 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Learn more. --> Medicare fraud Medicare fraud costs $60 billion each year. Medicare beneficiaries, their families, healthcare professionals, and the general public should all learn how to detect, prevent, and report signs of Medicare fraud. The Harris County Area Agency on Aging seeks to raise awareness regarding how to do just that. That’s why the Senior Medicare Patrols are teaming up to promote the first-ever Medicare Fraud Prevention Week from June 5-11, 2022. Learn more.  --> Men's health June is Men's Health Month! This month focuses on raising awareness about health issues affecting men and boys. The Office of Chronic Disease, Health Education and Wellness is committed to maximizing health impacts through innovative prevention strategies. Learn more. --> Order more at-home tests Every home in the U.S. is NOW eligible to order a third round of free at-home COVID-19 tests. Each order includes EIGHT rapid antigen COVID-19 tests. Shipping is free too! Order yours today. --> Celebrate pride this month! Kick off Pride Month by kicking the habit. Breathe with Pride Houston wants you to celebrate without lighting up all month long. --> Still free at HHD COVID-19 testing and vaccination at Houston Health Department-operated sites remain free and do not require insurance. HHD-operated sites are located across the city and can be found at HoustonHealth.org or by calling 832-393-4220. --> Juneteenth Parade The City of Houston welcomes you to Mayor Sylvester Turner's 9th Annual Acres Homes Juneteenth Parade and Celebration on Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m.  --> Join our mailing list

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May 27, 2022 --> Your Choice. Their Health. Parents, vaccinating your child against COVID-19 removes one of many parental concerns we have when it comes to our kids. Learn the facts about vaccination. --> Free boosters for children All children ages 5 to 11 can now receive a free COVID-19 booster shot at all Houston Health Department vaccination sites. Find a nearby site to get boosted today. --> Safe and Healthy Swimming Week Before you jump in, take a few minutes to remind kids about safe and healthy swimming practices. Safe and Healthy Swimming Week is a great way to kick off the conversation to prevent another drowning tragedy. Learn more from the Judah Brown Project. --> Order more at-home tests Every home in the U.S. is NOW eligible to order a third round of free at-home COVID-19 tests. Each order includes EIGHT rapid antigen COVID-19 tests. Shipping is free too! Order yours today. --> HIV Services Survey The Houston Health Department is conducting a survey to identify barriers to HIV preventive services and to better understand the attitudes, beliefs, and actions of our community toward HIV prevention. Take the survey here. --> COVID-19 TALK Watch COVID-19 Talk with Local Health Authorities every other Thursday at 9 a.m. Streams live on HTV Houston Television and on our Houston Health Facebook page. Watch the latest episode here. --> Happy Older Americans Month! The Houston Health Department's Senior Services agency continues to support Houston's 60+ community. Check out their resources including their Benefits Counseling Program. --> Mental Health checkup Reach out. Connect to friends, family or neighbors who may be lonely. Learn more. --> Still free at HHD COVID-19 testing and vaccination at Houston Health Department-operated sites remain free and do not require insurance. HHD-operated sites are located across the city and can be found at HoustonHealth.org or by calling 832-393-4220. --> Covid-19 Key Metrics Houston's 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 11.6% and the wastewater virus load is 170% of the baseline, slight increases from last week but overall low. Stay up to date with vaccines to keep the numbers low. Free vax sites: GetVaxxedHouston.org or 832-393-4220. --> Last day to volunteer The City of Houston welcomes you to Mayor Sylvester Turner's 9th Annual Acres Homes Juneteenth Parade and Celebration on Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m.  TODAY (5/27) is the last day to register to participate in the event. --> Join our mailing list

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May 13, 2022 --> Unsung Heroes: COVID-19 Call Center The COVID-19 Call Center was established on March 11, 2020. Since then, their voices have answered thousands and thousands of calls. This is their story. Have questions about COVID-19, give them a call at 832-393-4220 --> It’s time to meet the nurses of the Houston Health Department! Are you into health and wellness? Nurse #1 Linda Chaney could be your perfect match – she loves giving immunizations to keep you from getting sick. Or do you prefer a Rockets fan and trips to H-E-B for groceries?  Nurse-Family Partnership Nurse Ivy Foster may be more your style. But hold your horses! We still have to meet nurse #3 Donyell Kelley. She can’t wait to get out of her scrubs and rock her fashionista vibe.   
 
 
 
 
  Nurse #4 Vivian Dirden has been around the nursing block. She has 48 years on the job, but still loves to take care of people! Nurse #5 stands out on the job - making her rounds in colorful scrubs. Isabell Martinez, can't wait to connect on a deeper level… with her patients. Diabetes Awareness and Wellness (DAWN) Nurse Liz Appleton can’t wait to meet her ideal patient. She’s ready to go steady by lowering their blood pressure and helping them to take control of their health.
  And there you have it… there’s a perfect Houston Health Department nurse out there for every patient. Get vaccinated, get a check-up and stay healthy with their help. HoustonHealth.org --> Alert! Counterfeit At-Home COVID-19 tests Before you take that test you just bought online, check this website. The FDA is identifying and updating its lists of counterfeit at-home COVID-19 tests. Only trust an FDA-approved brand. --> Watch COVID-19 Talk with Local Health Authorities every other Thursday at 9 a.m. Streams live on HTV Houston Television and on our Houston Health Facebook page. Watch the latest episode here. --> Allergy Forecast Do you have allergies that make you wonder what’s in the air? The Houston Health Department tracks the data and keeps you updated with the current pollen and mold counts for Houston. Learn more. --> Breathe easy Did you know that the Houston Health Department tracks Outdoor Air Quality for Houston? You can receive daily Asthma Air Aware Day alerts right on your phone. Register for AlertHouston and subscribe "Asthma Aware Day'. for AlertHouston. --> Stay Cool When temperatures rise, the Houston Health Department encourages everyone to take extra precautions to protect themselves from heat-related illness and death. High-risk groups such as adults age 55 and older, children under the age of five, and people with chronic illness are urged to stay inside air-conditioned buildings during the hottest part of the day. --> Healthy is beautiful Prioritizing your health – both physical and mental – has never been more important. Over the past few years, many women have put off taking care of their general health and wellness needs, but today can be different. Check out the Houston Health Department's women's health services. --> Still free at HHD COVID-19 testing and vaccination at Houston Health Department-operated sites remain free and do not require insurance. HHD-operated sites are located across the city and can be found at HoustonHealth.org or by calling 832-393-4220. --> Covid-19 Key Metrics Houston's 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 6.1% and the wastewater virus load is 91% of the baseline, slight increases from last week but overall low. Stay up to date with vaccines to keep the numbers low. Free vax sites: GetVaxxedHouston.org or 832-393-4220. --> Juneteeth Celebration The City of Houston welcomes you to Mayor Sylvester Turner's 9th Annual Acres Homes Juneteenth Parade and Celebration on Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m.  It's not too late to get involved, register to participate by May 27. --> Join our mailing list

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April 29, 2022 --> Immunized babies are the cutest For Infant Immunization Week two lucky parents were randomly selected to win a prize. Maria Gonzalez won a $100 gift card for sharing her reason for immunizing her baby. Arron Garcia won a $50 gift card.  --> Stay Asthma Aware World Asthma Day is Tuesday, May 3, and this year advocates are raising awareness about gaps in care. If you or a loved one is living with asthma make life a little easier by signing up for Asthma Air Aware Day Alerts.   --> Trees working overtime Trees provide much more than shade! A simple tree planting framework can improve climate, air pollution, and health in vulnerable communities. Learn more in this paper from Dr. Loren Hopkins, Houston's Chief Environmental Science Officer. --> Wanted: Motivated Intern The Office of Chronic Disease is seeking talented and motivated student interns to support the activities of the Be Well™ Acres Homes initiative. Be Well Acres Homes is an initiative of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Email your resume to healtheducation@houstontx.gov by May 13 to apply. Details here. --> Still free at HHD COVID-19 testing and vaccination at Houston Health Department-operated sites remain free and do not require insurance. HHD-operated sites are located across the city and can be found at HoustonHealth.org or by calling 832-393-4220. --> Public Health = Public Servant Public Service Recognition Week begins on May 1 and is an annual celebration of the people who serve in local, state, and federal agencies like the Houston Health Department. This year, we're asking employees why they serve. Community Relations Specialist Andrea C. Davis says "over the last couple of years, it has become evident that tomorrow is not promised to anyone. I want to live each day to the fullest, and for me, that includes faithfully serving my community." 
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