Houston HealthScope - September 30, 2022

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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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Houston HealthScope - September 16, 2022

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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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Houston HealthScope - September 2, 2022

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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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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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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 10, 2022

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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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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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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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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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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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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 - April 29, 2022

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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." 
  --> When you're not vaxxed, everything is more complicated. Get informed about the COVID-19 vaccine and save the drama for the stage. Learn the facts at GetVaxxedHouston.org. --> 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. --> Houston's 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 4.4% and the wastewater virus load is 79% of the baseline, slight increases from last week but overall low. Stay up date to date with vaccines to keep the numbers low. Free vax sites: GetVaxxedHouston.org or 832-393-4220. --> Join our mailing list

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Houston HealthScope - April 15, 2022

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April 15, 2022 --> Enter our contest to win! Infant Immunization Week is coming up, and Houston moms and dads know that immunizations give babies the healthiest start possible. Use the QR code to share your reason with a photo of your baby. Two people will be randomly selected to win a gift card on April 25. The deadline for submission is 4/22. Enter to win here! --> Calling all leaders for social change Houston Community Action Council is looking for the next cohort of young Houston leaders. If you are between 18 and 30 and want to build your leadership skills, REGISTER. --> 2021 baby names  The wait is over! The HHD’s Bureau of Vital Statistics released the list of the MOST popular baby names of 2021. You can check the top 10 here. --> Record pollen numbers Last week, tree pollen counts reached over 12,000 per cubic meter of air which doubled the previous highest count. Houston Health’s lab counts the pollen and mold in the air each day. They expect high readings to continue for a bit longer as pollen season typically runs through mid-April. We have records online going back to 2013. Learn more.
  --> Call 311 Get updates about neighborhood programs, services, and meetings by voice or text message! Just call 3-1-1 and ask to subscribe to Neighborhood Updates! --> Artist to showcase work at Denver Harbor The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Houston Health Department are pleased to announce a Civic Art commission for the Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center. Local artist David Maldonado’s mural concept for the entrance of the renovated facility is scheduled to be completed in July 2022. Learn more. --> Community Re-entry Network Program Jerome Barber is a recent Community Re-Entry Network Program graduate. He talks about his life-changing experience with the program, and the life lessons learned. 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. --> Asthma Air Alert If you have asthma, knowing what to expect when you walk outside, is very important. Stay aware of Houston’s air quality by signing up for Air Asthma Air Aware Day alerts today. 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. --> Mosquito season Mosquito season is year-round in Texas. Texans must declare WAR on mosquitoes to stop mosquitoes and their diseases. Visit TexasMosquitoes.org. --> Mask use on public transportation TSA has EXTENDED mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs through May 3, 2022. This is because the 7-day moving average of COVID-19 cases in the United States has been increasing since early April. Learn more. --> What makes a community equitable?

The City of Houston is launching the Equity Indicators project by asking for your comments on one important question: What makes a community equitable? The Equity Indicators Project will facilitate broader conversations on equity and inclusion, take active steps to measure disparities, and have leaders across multiple sectors held accountable for taking action to increase equitable outcomes for all Houstonians.

--> Award winners! Our efforts to educate Houston about COVID-19 safety continue to receive awards. Our latest two American Advertising Federation awards recognize our “Take Your Best Shot” vaccination campaign. We previously received an AAF award for “Don’t stop. Don’t. forget.,” our pre-vaccine campaign. --> 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 - April 1, 2022

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April 1, 2022 --> National Public Health Week  Monday marks the first day of National Public Health Week 2022. Follow @HoustonHealh on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to watch all of our public health stories. --> Vaping now banned indoors It’s official! City leaders updated Houston’s smoking ordinance to include electronic cigarettes and vaping products to reduce secondhand smoke exposure. Get the FAQs on the smoking law. --> Learn more about the people who provide public health services for Houston. Join a live Facebook Q&A on April 7 at 11 a.m. here. Bring your questions because Epidemiologist Dr. Zaida Lopez has answers!
  --> Plan your day around pollen
Bad news: If you suffer from allergies, the spring forecast isn't great for Houston, but... Good news: You don't have to guess how high allergens are before leaving the house. The Houston Health Department reports the pollen and mold count on weekdays here.  --> Get the facts and then decide Check the spread of COVID-19 and flu in your neighborhood before making informed decisions about protecting you and your family. View our interactive dashboard. --> Avoid the Drama! When you're not vaxxed, everything is more complicated. Get informed about the COVID-19 vaccine and save the drama for the stage. Learn the facts at GetVaxxedHouston.org. --> What makes a community equitable?

The City of Houston is launching the Equity Indicators project by asking for your comments on one important question: What makes a community equitable? The Equity Indicators Project will facilitate broader conversations on equity and inclusion, take active steps to measure disparities, and have leaders across multiple sectors held accountable for taking action to increase equitable outcomes for all Houstonians.

--> Register for our Public Health Data Workshop Do you collect, analyze, and interpret data? If you do, you’re not alone. Join Harris County Public Health and the Houston Health Department, hosted by The Ion, for the Public Health Data Workshop on April 14, 2022, at 9 AM for a full day of learning. Register. --> 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 - March 18, 2022

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March 18, 2022 --> Avoid the Drama! When you're not vaxxed, everything is more complicated. Get informed about the COVID-19 vaccine and save the drama for the stage. Learn the facts at GetVaxxedHouston.org. --> All in a day's work Did you know it's Safer Sleep Week? This week, we promote Safe Sleep Awareness for infants. Houston Health Department's Kimberly [Hayes] says, “I help moms keep their babies safe by providing education on Safe Sleep/SIDS and providing continued support during pregnancy, postpartum, and infancy. Learn more. --> Home Town Heroes The Houston Health Department lab continues to make an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch their story as they continue to test cases in Houston. --> Good job Houston! Our COVID-19 community level is currently medium. That means healthy people who are fully vaxxed can resume typical activities without masks. If you are high-risk, please continue to mask up in public. Learn more. --> Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month People 45 years and older need to be screened for colorectal cancer. It takes guts to take the first step. Ask your doctor about a screening during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Learn more. --> Register for our Public Health Data Workshop Do you collect, analyze, and interpret data? If you do, you’re not alone. Join Harris County Public Health and the Houston Health Department, hosted by The Ion, for the Public Health Data Workshop on April 14, 2022, at 9 AM for a full day of learning. Register. --> Free vaccine vs. pricy hospital stay Houston's Health Authority, Dr. David Persse talks about getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and how it isn’t only good for your health, it could be good for your bank account. Data show that fully vaccinated and boosted people rarely get very sick with COVID-19. That means avoiding expensive hospital stays. --> Celebrating our Public Health Dental Assistants Did you know that the Houston Health Department has a team of hardworking dental assistants? These special people work at our health centers and have provided dental care to the Houston community for over 30 years. Our 'Project Saving Smiles' program works with local schools to ensure every child has a healthy smile. Learn more. --> 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 - March 4, 2022

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March 4, 2022 --> It's Rodeo Time! Hey, Houston! Dust off the boots because the rodeo is back! Just remember a few small things that will keep us healthy while we do what Houston does best – RODEO! --> Houston's latest 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 6.1%, down from 9.7% last week. The wastewater virus load is 43%, down from 87% last week. Let's keep the downward trend going! Free vaccination sites: houstonhealth.org. --> HPV Vaccine Recommendations Matter Did you know the healthcare provider recommendation is the single best predictor of vaccination? What you say, and how you say it, matters. This informative video highlights physicians, Julie Boom, MD, Lois Ramondetta, MD, Erich Sturgis, MD, and David Persse, MD sharing their expertise on HPV and HPV vaccination, including how to strongly recommend the vaccine to patients/parents of your patients. --> Pasadena ISD See to Succeed Mission Pasadena ISD hosted a See to Succeed Mission recently and some special guests stopped by to show support including Pasadena Mayor Jeff Wagner. The City of Pasadena donated the space used for the event since their former site due to COVID restrictions. The mission served about 1,200 students with vision tests and glasses. --> Children and Vaccination Answers for Parents We know you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Recently, Pfizer clinical trials revealed that two smaller doses of the vaccine in younger children do not produce the same immune response as bigger doses in older children. Now, scientists are examining data on the efficacy of a third dosage. At this point, the FDA announced it would hold off on making a science-based recommendation until further data from the ongoing research is available, which might be in April. Learn more. --> Did you get the J&J vaccine? For most people, the CDC encourages people to get an mRNA vaccine-like Pfizer or Moderna for primary and booster vaccination… But if you received the J&J/Janssen vaccine, plan to get an mRNA booster two months later. Learn more. --> March 4 is international HPV Awareness Day, an opportunity to bring awareness to those who’ve missed out on HPV vaccination due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can protect your kids from several kinds of cancer by getting them vaccinated against HPV at age 11-12. Learn more. --> Health Department committed to being ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ HHD sees the initiative as a positive way to address a public health crisis affecting boys and young men of color and aims to create milestones for pathways to success. Learn more. --> COVID-19 Talks with Local Health Authorities Don't miss COVID-19 Talk with Houston Health Department Director Stephen Williams, Houston Health Authority Dr. David Persse, and Deputy Health Authority for Harris Co. Public Health Dr. Erika 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. --> Join the City of Houston workforce today!
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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 - February 18, 2022

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February 18, 2022 --> Happy Condom Week 2022 Face masks slow the spread of COVID-19, but protection doesn’t end there. Wearing a condom is the best PPE you can use to prevent getting or spreading STIs. Our Houston Health Center nurses are ready to meet your “DUMB” questions with SMART answers that will keep you healthy and help prevent unplanned pregnancies AND fits your lifestyle.  --> The City of Houston achieved silver status! The Office of Chronic Disease achieved silver status certification in this year's assessment. Houston was accessed for eight health indicators that impact chronic diseases such as physical activity, healthy food access, healthy worksites, environmental health, healthcare quality, and access, healthy aging, mental health, and emergency preparedness. Learn more. --> $1,000 Drawings

People who get their first dose or booster shot at an eligible Houston Health Department vaccination site now through March 10, 2022, will be entered into drawings for $1,000. Find nearby eligible site locations and schedules on our vaccination site page.

--> Houston moms speak out for vaccines Kirstin Short is a mom in Houston who loves her kids. The decision to get them vaccinated against COVID-19 was simple because it offers major protection against the virus and long COVID. Roselynn Ruth is a mom and nurse in Houston. She's frequently in public for her job and was worried she could bring COVID-19 home to her son. That's why she chose to get him vaccinated. She now has peace of mind because he's significantly less likely to get sick with COVID-19. Find nearby free vaccination sites at houstonhealth.org or by calling 832-393-4220.
SHOW MORE Tolu Olumuyiwa is a mom in Houston who knows it's important for kids to be kids. That's why she chose to get her children vaccinated against COVID-19. She now has peace of mind when her children hang out with others, attend events, and go to school. Find nearby free vaccination sites at houstonhealth.org or by calling 832-393-4220.
SHOW MORE --> New City Kiosks! The City of Houston and IKE Smart City Launch Innovative Interactive Digital Kiosks. Learn more. --> COVID-19 Talks with Local Health Authorities Don't miss COVID-19 Talk with Houston Health Department Director Stephen Williams, Houston Health Authority Dr. David Persse, and Deputy Health Authority for Harris Co. Public Health Dr. Erika 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. --> Helping Children Cope When parents and caregivers deal with COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Learn more. --> Join the City of Houston workforce today!
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Apply online February 1 – March 11, 2022. Learn more. --> Begin with mindfulness  Finding the motivation to get outside can be difficult during the winter months but staying active and getting fresh air are good for both your mental and physical health. Learn more. --> Attention WIC Parents! Until March 31, families are eligible for more veggies and fruit benefits: $24/month for children, $43/month for pregnant & postpartum participants, and $47/month for breastfeeding participants. Contact your local agency to learn more: www.signupwic.com --> --> Smiles for Moms and Babies Oral Health Course  An online Smiles for Moms and Babies - Oral Health Training is now available. --> Join our mailing list

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Houston HealthScope - February 4, 2022

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February 4, 2022 --> Get Vaxxed & Win Big! Our new COVID-19 vaccine incentive program will award 12 people $1,000 gift cards and provide $50 gift cards to hundreds of more people. You must get your first dose or booster at eligible sites between Jan. 29 and March 10, 2022. Details.. --> COVID-19: When it's more than just the flu What should you look for, and how soon do you turn to a doctor? To learn more about COVID-19 variants, see the latest AARP podcast with Houston's Deputy Health Authority Dr. Janeana White. --> Better Protection When the Omicron variant first began circulating, adults who received a COVID-19 booster dose had five times the protection against infection compared with adults who were not vaccinated. All eligible people should stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, including getting boosters when recommended. Learn more.  --> COVID-19 Talks with Local Health Authorities Don't miss COVID-19 Talk with Houston Health Department Director Stephen Williams, Houston Health Authority Dr. David Persse, and Deputy Health Authority for Harris Co. Public Health Dr. Erika 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. --> Share the love! Getting the vaccine is the best thing to do for your child’s health. Join us this Valentine’s Day and share the love. Learn more at houstonhealth.org or 832-393-4220. --> Take your best shot! Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to help save lives and ultimately end the pandemic. Since vaccination began, nearly all COVID-19 deaths are among people who are not fully vaccinated. Learn more at Houstonhealth.org or by calling 832-393-4220. Together, we can end the pandemic and get closer to normal. --> Begin with mindfulness  With the start of spring comes spring cleaning, a time to organize and begin the season on a fresh page.
This year, encourage yourself and your loved ones to keep their mental health in tip-top shape as well. Read more. --> Your experience matters

As we approach the second anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Public Health Communications Collaborative (PHCC) wants to hear and learn from public health providers. Take the short survey.

--> Health Ambassador recruitment Fight misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines by joining the Trusted Health Ambassador Program through the Houston Health Department. Your voice matters and you can help slow the spread by sharing the truth about vaccines in your community. Learn more. --> Make a difference in your neighborhood

The Department of Neighborhoods (DON) invites Houston residents to apply for Complete Community University (CCU) online leadership training course. The winter session will run for eight weeks, applications are due February 11, 2022.

--> How to do at-home COVID-19 test
This short video explains the basics of how to properly prepare for a self-test. --> Black History Month

Every February, communities across the country celebrate Black History Month. Houston's African American communities have a rich history of arts and culture. Help us in celebrating Black History Month by checking out local experiences celebrating black Houstonians.

--> As of 01/31/22, 77.4% of eligible Houstonians (age 5+) have the 1st dose of COVID-19 Vaccine, 65.6% of the same population are fully vaccinated. Houston's positivity rate is at 24.0%. Visit HoustonHealth.org to find a nearby site. --> 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 - January 21, 2022

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January 21, 2022 --> The Houston Health Department can cover twice as much ground monitoring air quality with the addition of a second Mobile Ambient Air Monitoring Laboratory (MAAML) vehicle. --> Houston Health Department program rebuilds post COVID My Brother's Keeper Houston works with numerous community partners to close disparity gaps for boys and young men of color. By intervening at specific moments in their lives, the program can make a monumental impact on their future success. Recently, committee members convened for the first time to reenergize the program since the pandemic began. --> Do I need to Test? Wondering if you need to get a COVID-19 test? Check out this new tool that uses your location and other unique factors to help you decide. Get vaccinated, wear a mask, social distance and get tested to stop the spread of COVID-19 in your community!  --> Viral loads increasing  Did you know Houston was one of the first cities in the U.S. to detect the Omicron variant from Houston Health's wastewater testing program? Sewage surveillance is an important tool for early detection and tracking of COVID-19: Learn more. --> Nutritional Supplements Thru WIC! Houston WIC families will continue to receive extra dollars each month for fruits and vegetables to keep communities healthy. --> Are you Up to Date? COVID-19 vaccines, including a booster, are the best way to prevent getting really sick, needing hospital care, or dying from the virus. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for adults and kids five and up. Do your part in helping ensure our daily lives with UP TO DATE protection. Visit the Houston Health Department website for vaccination sites. --> Some masks offer better protection Along with getting vaccinated and boosted, wearing a well-fitting mask helps protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Learn about the different types of masks and how to make sure you’re getting the best protection.  --> Is it COVID-19? Could COVID-19 be the source of your sniffles? Or is it the flu? Just a cold? Maybe it’s allergies? Since many illnesses have the same symptoms, determining the reason can be difficult. When in doubt, GET TESTED.  --> Health Ambassador recruitment Fight misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines by joining the Trusted Health Ambassador Program through the Houston Health Department. Your voice matters and you can help slow the spread by sharing the truth about vaccines in your community. Learn more. --> CDC teens boost CDC has expanded recommendations for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to now include everyone ages 12 years and older. At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for teens ages 12 to 17. Learn more.
  --> Make a difference in your neighborhood

The Department of Neighborhoods (DON) invites Houston residents to apply for Complete Community University (CCU) online leadership training course. The winter session will run for eight weeks, applications are due February 11, 2022.

 

--> November is Cervical Cancer Prevention Awareness Month The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. The most important thing you can do to help prevent cervical cancer is to get vaccinated early and have regular screening tests. --> Birth defect month January is National Birth Defects Awareness Month. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common infectious cause of birth defects in the United States. Some babies have health problems at birth that develop later and have lasting impacts on their life. Learn more. --> As of 01/16/22, 76.7% of eligible Houstonians (age 5+) have the 1st dose of COVID-19 Vaccine, 64.9% of the same population are fully vaccinated. Houston's positivity rate is at 36.4%. Visit HoustonHealth.org to find a nearby site. --> 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 - January 7, 2022

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January 7, 2022 --> Younger teens approved for booster Everyone ages 12 and older can get a booster shot to increase protection over time.
  • People ages 12 and up who received Pfizer should get a booster five months after the second shot. 
  • People ages 18 and up who received Moderna should get a booster six months after the second shot.   
  • People ages 18 and up who received Johnson & Johnson should get a booster two months after the single shot.  
--> More testing available With five mega sites and dozens of smaller sites across Houston, getting tested for Covid-19 has never been easier. Find nearby free testing sites at houstonhealth.org or by calling 832-393-4220. --> Share the facts NHANES is headed to Harris County to uncover the health and nutrition of people in our area. If you're invited - participate and become a part of history. The survey has traveled around the country for over 60 years and the results help researchers answer tough public health questions. Learn more. --> Trusted Health Ambassador Program recruitment Fight misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines by joining the Trusted Health Ambassador Program through the Houston Health Department. Your voice matters and you can help slow the spread by sharing the truth about vaccines in your community. Learn more. --> Get the latest local facts Don't miss COVID-19 Talk with Houston Health Department Director Stephen Williams, Houston Health Authority Dr. David Persse, and Harris County Public Health's Scott Jeansonne. 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. --> New guidelines for isolation and quarantine The Omicron variant is spreading quickly and has the potential to impact all facets of our society. The CDC’s updated recommendations for isolation and quarantine balance what we know about the spread of the virus and the protection provided by vaccination and booster doses. These updates ensure people can safely continue their daily lives. To learn more. --> Helping people re-enter our community The Community Re-Entry Network Program is a program of the Houston Health Department. The caring multi-disciplinary team is dedicated to meeting the “whole” person’s needs through innovative, evidence-based programming and linkage to resources geared to fulfill the needs of formerly incarcerated people, breaking the cycle of recidivism. Learn more. --> Supertrees worth the hype Discover newsletter recently covered the Houston Health Department and partners' "Super Tree" plan in hopes of encouraging other urban areas to see the positive outcomes including better air quality and flood mitigation. Read HHD's Dr. Loren Hopkin's paper. --> January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Cervical cancer is highly preventable because screening tests for cervical cancer and vaccines to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV), which is the main cause of cervical cancer, are available. See Ana’s story to learn more. --> Viral loads increasing  The latest samples show another drastic increase in the amount of the Covid-19 virus in Houston’s wastewater. The virus load is now 1,694% of the baseline, up from 546% last week and 142% the previous week. Get vaccinated, boosted, and wear a mask. Read more.  --> School testing program  The Houston Health Department is partnering with local school districts to offer free on-campus COVID-19 testing to students and staff at many campuses. If your student brings home a consent form, please sign and return it. Contact your child’s school for more information. The consent form can be found at consent form --> Studies show 2/3 of kids and a fourth of adults are very afraid of needles. That means many people might delay getting the COVID-19 vaccine due to these fears. There are many tips and tricks to overcome the fear and get you and your family vaccinated today. Learn more. --> 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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