Advancing Health Equity Newsletter - February 6, 2023

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The training will provide several tools revolving around topics on creating connections between vulnerable populations and healthcare providers, helping community members navigate healthcare and social service systems, and advocating for underserved individuals or communities to receive services and resources to address health needs. 

This hybrid training will end with the participant receiving a CHW Certificate in Public Health Preparedness. The certificate is designed around five main learning components listed below. Learn more here.
  • Public Health Preparedness 
  • Science of Pandemics 
  • Mental Health 
  • Resource and Service Coordination 
  • Technology for CHWs 
--> The University of Houston CHW training The University of Houston Community Health Worker (CHW) training course is a 160-hour Texas State Department of Health, and Human Services (DSHS) approved course. During this course, all CHW students work together on developing a project that is focused on a specific health issue and targets a particular population in the Greater Houston area. More CHW training opportunities can be found at the University of Houston. Learn more here. --> Prevention Institute Training This training is designed for frontline HHD staff and our funded community partners. The purpose of this training is to equip practitioners with specific tools, examples, and recommendations that can be applied in the following ways:
  • Internally to embed operational processes. 
  • Externally as a guide to ensure that transparent procedures are in place for equitable distribution of resources in communities 
  • Beyond the COVID-19 response and recovery to embed practices and policies that can be maintained, equity is a consistent value.  

The above training is by invitation only. Be on the lookout for an invitation from Toni Callis to participate.

The Houston Health Department and Access and Equity are hosting a training alongside Prevention Institute for the session, Embedding Health Equity in a Public Health Ecosystem- to explicitly address and reduce health disparities in Houston through procedural, distributional, and structural equity improvement.   --> Toni D. Callis, MBA  Senior Staff Analyst for the Access and Equity Program Health Equity Employee of the Month What Health Equity Means to Me:

A look at Health Equity forces us to acknowledge that systemic racism does exist and that, as a society, there is more we should be doing to mitigate this ongoing issue. As we continue to seek knowledge, build partnerships, and research best practices, we are better equipped to engage the communities we serve and close the access gap to healthy living, safe environments, and happier holistic lifestyles.

We must be intentional about this in our lives, relationships, and the “work” we do. We must continue to show respect for and educate our sphere of influence and advocate to eliminate food deserts, increase the number and quality of medical services provided in underserved communities, and create jobs in low-income areas. Access and Equity are about equipping and empowering communities to make decisions and utilize resources to take pride in themselves, their families, and their neighborhoods. I am honored and excited to be part of a department and program that exists for the sole purpose of this work.

--> Vaccine outreach

 The Mobile Vaccine Team and the OCDHEW Health Education Services Team were present at HHC West Loop Campus Mobile Vaccine Clinic (77081). They offered COVID-19 and Flu vaccines. Twelve (12) persons were vaccinated and received COVID-19 doses. Eight (8) COVID-19 Bivalent doses were administered, (1) one-second dose, and (6) six flu administered. Recipients received on-site post-vaccination education and provided vaccine infographics. 
 
They were also present at Edgewood Community Center to offer COVID, Flu, and MPOX vaccinations. Thirty (30) recipients were vaccinated and received multiple routine vaccines. Recipients that received the shots were given a $50 gift card incentive for getting their COVID-19 vaccination.  

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We continue to see higher rates of disease progression, hospitalizations, and deaths among impacted communities, even though many of the root causes are preventable. There is an urgent need to understand what is causing some Houston communities (e.g., American Indian; Asian; Black/African American; Latino/a/x) to have difficulty achieving optimal health. Through the Houston Health DepartmentH-Town CHAT (Community Health Action Talks) collaborates with organizations, churches, leaders, and community members to develop solutions that improve everyone's quality and length of life. To learn more and apply, click here. Click the orange button to visit their website.

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Advancing Health Equity Newsletter - January 6, 2023

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In partnership,
The Equity Team --> Community Health Worker (CHW) Network Highlight The Houston Health Department, the University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston (UTSPH), and the Texas Epidemic Public Health Institute (TEPHI), will offer free-of-charge certification training for Community Health Workers (CHWs). The training will provide several tools revolving around topics on how to create connections between vulnerable populations and healthcare providers, guidance on helping community members navigate healthcare and social service systems as well as advocating for underserved individuals or communities to receive services and resources to address health needs.  

HHD’s Equity and Access grant partners and HHD staff are welcome to register! This CHW certification will promote the purpose of the CDC Equity and Access grant to have CHWs embedded and sustained in our communities to continue to meet the needs of Houston’s most vulnerable and be prepared for any future crisis. 

Details on registration coming soon! Stay tuned for a registration link in our February Newsletter! --> Health Equity Story Map 

Through story maps, the Houston Health Department and partner organizations work together to foster health equity for vulnerable Houston residents. This story map tool can act as a visual guide for identifying gaps and placement of resources in communities that may be less resilient to the impacts of COVID-19. To access this map, please click on the link here.

--> THAP Recruiting Ambassadors When you become a Trusted Health Ambassador, you will share accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines with your family, friends, and community. Fill out our interest form or call 832-395-8953 to learn more. --> Constance Carron Access and Health Equity Team Administrative Coordinator Health Equity Employee of the Month What Health Equity Means to Me:

Health Equity is the blueprint for broadening the impact to improve the quality of life for marginalized populations. When organization leaders work together cohesively without bias or judgment and share knowledge and resources in an open forum, their community’s social and economic infrastructure is strengthened, people become healthy, and opportunities are equalized — placing that community on the path to breaking down barriers and eliminating health disparities. 

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The Behavioral Health Consultant Certificate Course (BHC-CC) is a program designed to address the existing gaps in accessing behavioral health services in primary care. BHC-CC will provide new insights, skills, and technical abilities for behavioral health professionals and is supported with funding from HHD, through a CDC award to advance equity in Houston. Licensed professionals will learn to operate as Behavioral Health Consultants in primary care. To learn more and apply, click here. Click the orange button to visit their website.

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Advancing Health Equity Newsletter - December 5, 2022

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We want to take this opportunity to recognize the over 400 partners who have worked with us in making health equity possible. We can accomplish more together than apart so during this holiday season we want to thank you for partnering with the Houston Health Department. This would not be possible without your grassroots efforts in our communities. Please enjoy a safe and joyous holiday season. 

Sincerely,
Director Stephen Williams --> Meet the Health Equity Team!  We are a group of public health professionals dedicated to embedding health equity in everything the Houston Health Department takes on. Our leadership team and staff are ready to improve health equity for the people they touch on a daily basis. Join the team as they persist toward their goal. Visit our Health Equity page to learn more about our team and read our previous newsletters. --> Health Education in Action

Recently, the Mobile Vaccination Team and Health Education team were onsite at the South Union Place Apartments to provide post-vaccination to seniors getting vaccinated. Bivalent boosters were also available. Overall, 19 people were vaccinated, the oldest being ninety-nine (99) years old, and the lowest at seventy (70)years old.  The team assisted with filling out the application and answering questions about the vaccine.  

On October 25th, Texas Southern University (TSU) also had its homecoming and a walk against Cancer on October 25th, other vendors were there to promote their work including VAX HOU, and nine (9) persons were vaccinated and attended the event. 

--> Partnering in Public Health

The American Public Health Association (APHA) champions the health of all people and all communities. Our own Houston Health Department employees and partners showcased the work they are doing to mitigate inequities in our vulnerable communities. To learn more about APHA please visit www.apha.org.

Lindsey Wiginton

See abstract summary: Utilization of sentiment analysis to inform COVID-19 vaccine outreach in Houston (confex.com) 

Debra Maxwell & Lydia Osinowo

See abstract summary: Are the messages resonating? Measuring risk perceptions and the effectiveness of health communications to improve health equity in COVID health outcomes in Houston. (confex.com) 

Tia Johnson & Vishnu Nepal

See abstract summary: Trusted Health Ambassador (THAP) program to increase access and equity on COVID-19 vaccine uptake in high priority areas of Houston, TX (confex.com) 

Dr. Aisha Siddiqui
Culture of Health - Advancing Together (CHAT)

See abstract summary: Access to and Adoption of COVID-19 Information by Recent Afghan Refugees: A Qualitative Study utilizing Community Health Workers (confex.com) 

Dr. Shreela Sharma
The Heath Equity Collective
See abstract summary: Strengthing the Community Health Worker Ecosystem (confex.com)  --> THAP Recruiting Ambassadors When you become a Trusted Health Ambassador, you will share accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines with your family, friends, and community. Fill out our interest form or call 832-395-8953 to learn more. --> Darien Howze Senior Community Outreach Coordinator Health Equity Employee of the Month What Health Equity Means to Me:

Health equity provides resources, and services, and meets the specific needs of people based on their circumstances. Effective health equity acknowledges the connections between socioeconomic conditions and health outcomes while creating opportunities, and improving the quality of life for everyone. Effective health equity also recognizes the role of employers, faith-based organizations, schools, community groups, governmental entities, and other stakeholders in collaborating to share resources and best practices for improved well-being for all people. Health equity is a goal that benefits our families, communities, and our greater society.

--> Click the button below to submit your organization's plans and activities to improve health inequities. We would love to recognize you in a future newsletter. Tell us! --> TLC Health and Wellness

TLC Health and Wellness has partnered with the Houston Health Department to provide services through the Equity Grant. They aim to provide high-quality, compassionate, comprehensive services to promote healthier and stronger communities. Click the orange button to visit their website.

TLC Health and Wellness
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Advancing Health Equity Newsletter - November 1, 2022

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Meet Dr. White our Deputy Health Authority for the Houston Health Department. See why she chose to get her COVID-19 booster and learn how you can get yours. Visit Houstonhealth.org or call us at 832-393-4220. --> Health Education in Action Recently, the health education team provided on-site COVID-19 health education in both Spanish and English at the San Mateo Episcopal church. The team touched 40 individuals with education and food distribution. They also volunteered at the Wesley Community Center for a drive-thru event; distributing boxes of essential foods to over 100 families. --> Partnering in Mental Health

We want to congratulate Mental Health America for the launch of the new Behavioral Health Consultant Certificate course! This has come about because of the partnership and funding from Houston Health Department on the Advancing Health Equity initiative. The Mental Health America Greater Houston's Integrated Health Care Initiative, in collaboration with Rice University's Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, has launched a new Behavioral Health Consultant Certificate Course (BHC-CC). Registration is officially open, and spots are limited. Be sure to apply today!

--> THAP Recruiting Ambassadors When you become a Trusted Health Ambassador, you will share accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines with your family, friends, and community. Fill out our interest form or call 832-395-8953 to learn more. --> Monica Childers GIS Manager Health Equity Employee of the Month What Health Equity Means to Me:

Health equity allows for a level playing field with regard to our residents’ health, longevity, and quality of life. I support GIS users across the department, ensuring their access to the available resources and training, and providing front-line technical support for their use of the applications.

We provide mapping and spatial analysis to support decision-making and public messaging for HHD. I am also the department liaison to the City of Houston’s enterprise GIS team and GIS leadership from other departments. Together, we strive to coordinate and plan the best possible use of mapping technology for our local government.

--> Click the button below to submit your organization's plans and activities to improve health inequities. We would love to recognize you in a future newsletter. Tell us! --> University of Houston Population Health

UH, Population Health is a first-of-its-kind initiative to improve health patterns and trends for everyone. Their mission is to advance health equity in Houston, the state of Texas, and beyond through a holistic approach. By preparing the next generation of professionals to transform health through education, research, community, and global partnerships. Click the orange button to visit their website.

UH, Population Health,
University of Houston
Contact: Ankita Siddhanta --> COVID-19 Data & Resources  Resources on Health Equity:  Copyright © 2022 Houston Health Department, All rights reserved.
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Advancing Health Equity Newsletter - October 4, 2022

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Our Business Management team works to procure and manage our funding resources thru the Equity grant. As part of the Equity Team, they are among the unsung heroes whose efforts continue the groundbreaking work set into motion during and after the pandemic. Learn more.  --> Health Education in Action Recently the health education team partnered with Janice Weaver & One Body Networking at their 9th   Annual Blood Drive. They were able to provide on-site health education on both COVID-19 and Monkeypox. The Health Department’s Mobile Vaccination Unit provided vaccinations to over 75 people. Vax Hou and other vendors were also in attendance.  --> Prevention Institute Training Series Prevention Institute (PI) facilitated the second Embedding Equity training session for Houston Health Department's Leadership on September 8th. As part of this training, PI introduced the concept of Continuous Equity Improvement Cycles, a framework for change management that incorporates a diverse range of perspectives, including community voice, geographic context, and front-line worker dialogues, in order to create equitable and fair project outcomes. Prevention Institute will continue to engage in deeper dives with leadership at the Houston Health Department on operationalizing equity in management and shared accountability as well as advancing the evidence base with equity metrics.  In the coming months, staff teams will also begin to participate in Embedding Equity training and dialogues.  --> THAP Recruiting Ambassadors When you become a Trusted Health Ambassador, you will share accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines with your family, friends, and community. Fill out our interest form or call 832-395-8953 to learn more. --> Tia Johnson Administration Manager for COVID-19 Community Outreach & Engagement Health Equity Employee of the Month
What Health Equity Means to Me:

Health equity means that people have access to resources based on their needs, not their socioeconomic background or social status. It means prioritizing one’s health over their affordability or access to affordable healthcare. Health equity is what makes the work we do so essential and worthwhile! 

--> Click the button below to submit your organization's plans and activities to improve health inequities. We would love to recognize you in a future newsletter. Tell us! --> Texas Southern University

The goal of this program is to advance health equity in priority tier 1 and tier 2 communities through COVID-19-related health promotional activities conducted by Community Health Workers (CHW). We will work in partnership with the Houston Health Department in a combined effort to build community infrastructure and health promotion for our most vulnerable communities. Click the orange button to visit their website.

--> Your Houston
Contact: Mario Castillo Advancing Health Equity Program, Texas Southern University
Contact: Veronica Ajewole --> Your Houston

Your Houston is a grassroots non-profit focusing on the quality of life issues that affect all Houstonians. Your Houston will help develop a network of community-based health workers trained and equipped to assist the public health system in planning, and addressing health disparities in our communities. 
Click the orange button to visit their website.

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Advancing Health Equity Newsletter - September 1, 2022

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As part of the Office of Chronic Disease and Prevention, they continue to reach our community thru outreach, education, and public events to provide actionable public health information that helps save lives. As part of the Equity Team, they are among the unsung heroes whose tireless efforts continue to help the Houston community emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever before. Learn more.  --> The Trusted Health Ambassador Program Recently, the Houston Health Department’s Trusted Health Ambassador program presented a workshop at the NAACHO’s 360 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This program aims to recognize and identify trusted sources in the community who will build relationships between the Houston Health Department and active community members and provide residents with accurate and trusted health information to stop the spread of COVID-19. They prioritize health equity and understanding to promote healthy families, friends, and thriving communities while mitigating vaccine hesitancy through meaningful conversations in high-priority zip codes throughout Houston.  THAP Recruiting Ambassadors When you become a Trusted Health Ambassador, you will share accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines with your family, friends, and community. Fill out our interest form or call 832-395-8953 to learn more. --> Judith Ramiro Health Equity Employee of the Month
What Health Equity Means to Me:

Health Equity means that the community has a team of dedicated City of Houston employees that are working in their best interest.  It means that we are taking every opportunity to partner with organizations located in the communities of those we serve to advance equity. We engage amazing organizations that give members of the community access to services, training, education, and opportunities. It means that the community is being educated to recognize how to live healthy lives and prevent the spread of diseases.  But best of all it means that the people are empowered to act upon what is happening in their communities and be a driving force toward their own success. 

--> Click the button below to submit your organization's plans and activities to improve health inequities. We would love to recognize you in a future newsletter. Tell us! --> Arab American Cultural Center

After more than 100 years of immigration, assimilation, and growth in the United States and in Houston, Arab-Americans and friends and supporters have developed a place where their culture, art, and language are now highlighted and preserved for future generations. Click the orange button to visit their website.

--> CAN DO Houston
Contact: Ghia Johnson  Arab American Cultural Center
Contact: Sophia Shalabi --> CAN DO Houston

CAN DO Houston promotes health equity across Houston by addressing systemic barriers to good health in communities with limited access to resources. CAN DO Houston works with residents and organizations through its diverse partner network to develop and implement relevant solutions that build on existing assets and grow community capacity.  Click the orange button to visit their website.

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Advancing Health Equity newsletter - July 29, 2022

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The team quickly navigates thru constantly changing information and evolving operations to provide actionable public health information that helps save lives. As part of the Equity Team, they are among the unsung heroes whose tireless efforts continue to help Houston emerge from the pandemic. Learn more.  --> Health Education in Action Recently, the Houston Health Department’s Mobile Vaccination Unit and Health Education team joined Zelma Street Mission Back-To-School Healing Arts to provide COVID-19 vaccinations at the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Many families attended the event, and almost 20 people were vaccinated. Seven received their very first dose! Nomi Health provided health screenings and school supplies to students and their families.

Other partner organizations included:
  • VAX HOU
  • Harris County Precinct 2
  • YES Prep School
  • Metro
  • Air Alliance Houston
  • Kids Meal
The Houston Area Urban League distributed $50 gift cards to people who got vaccinated. --> Partners in Equity

The Houston Health Department is implanting health equity as the standard for the Department (embedding health equity as a core value across the Department). The Prevention Institute and the National Institute for Race and Ethnicity have created high-level training courses on health disparities, implicit bias, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (D.E.I.). These concepts will become the building blocks of every action, decision, and service the department provides. Intentional monitoring of policy and procedures to enhance structural, procedural, and distributional justice in our environment will be applied.

--> Roosevelt Neely
Prevention Insititute Associate Program Manager

The Prevention Institute
The Prevention Institute's mission is to construct health equity as a foundation of key policies and actions at the federal, state, local, and organizational levels. The Houston Health Department is proud to partner with the Prevention Institute as they deepen their experience and knowledge of these topics impacting the work we do and the communities we serve. Learn more. 

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The National Training Institute on Race and Equity
The National Training Institute on Race & Equity (NTIRE) at Morehouse College is a social-impact and educational entity. They assist individuals and organizations with identifying, understanding, and managing the content, skills, and behavior needed to create diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations and communities. The Houston Health Department partners with the National Training Institute on Race & Equity to build respect and inclusion so we can better relate to each other and the communities we serve. Learn more. 

--> Health equity drives Houston-collective The Health Equity Collective is a driving force in reducing health disparities across the city. Led by UTHealth School of Public Health, the collective is comprised of more than 500 members representing over 180 organizations. Its mission is to establish a sustainable, data-driven system to promote health equity throughout Houston. The Houston Health Department's Dr. Deborah Banerjee is a member of the Collective's Steering Committee. She brings 20 years of extensive and diverse experience from a public health perspective. Learn more. 

To address emerging health disparities across underserved communities in Houston, the UTHealth School of Public Health has been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the Houston City Council. The project’s goal is to advance equity, elevate the roles of Community Health Workers (CHWs), and create new workforce development opportunities for CHWs, through the efforts of the Health Equity Collective (HEC). 
 

Join the Health Equity Collective: 
New members are encouraged to participate in events and collaborate to improve health equity. Learn more and join here. 

The Collective’s next quarterly meeting will be held on Oct 13, 2022. Please click here for monthly networking sessions on various health equity topics.

--> THAP Recruiting new ambassadors Become a Trusted Health Ambassadors, you will share accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines with your family, friends, and community. Fill out our interest form or call 832-395-8953 to learn more. --> Click the button below to submit your organization's plans and activities to improve health inequities. We would love to recognize you in a future newsletter. Tell us! --> Culture of Health – Advancing Together

Culture of Health – Advancing Together (CHAT) desires to foster the health and well-being of the immigrant and refugee community in Houston through education and advocacy. Click the orange button to visit their website.

--> The Institute for Spirituality and Health 
Contact: Cyrus Wirls Culture of Health - Advancing Together (CHAT)
Contact: Aisha Siddiqui --> The Institute for Spirituality and Health

What is the relationship between health and spirituality? Since 1955, as a founding member of the Texas Medical Center, the Institute for Spirituality and Health has shone a light on this question by way of innovative education, research, and direct service programs. Click the orange button to visit their website.

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Advancing Health Equity newsletter - July 1, 2022

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Join the team as they persist toward their goal. --> Reaching Houston communities The Houston Health Department community outreach and engagement team has made huge strides toward educating residents on the importance of getting vaccinated to protect against serious illness from COVID-19. Currently, another surge of cases is impacting the city, and the team is going door to door to promote, educate and be a source of information to those still hesitant about getting the vaccine. In the past month, the outreach team (shown above) has reached more than ten thousand homes in the Houston area. Canvassing and outreach efforts are still moving forward and will continue as long as there are Houstonians who need access to a free vaccination, testing sites, and services. Learn more. --> School-Based Mobile Vaccine Support The Houston Health Department Mobile Vaccine Unit provides access to COVID-19 vaccines and related health education in areas with lower vaccination rates. Recently the initiative team visited Carter G. Woodson Elementary School where the Senior Public Health Educator team explained to residents the importance of COVID-19 vaccines and general wellness. The unit vaccinated 27 people at the event, and for four (4) of them, it was their FIRST dose of COVID-19 vaccine. --> 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. https://bit.ly/THAPinterestform --> Click the button below to submit your organization's plans and activities to improve health inequities. We would love to recognize you in a future newsletter. Tell us! --> Avenue 360

Avenue 360 Health and Wellness has seven clinics in the Houston region providing primary, behavioral health, and dental care to medically underserved communities. The mission of Avenue 360 is to provide high-quality and caring services to promote healthy people and communities. Click the orange button to visit their website.

Avenue 360 Health & Wellness
Contact: Oscar Perez

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Advancing Health Equity newsletter - May 19, 2022

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It's the actions we take that affect real change. If you're reading this, we hope you share our belief that equitable access to health care is a human right. A person's health should not be based on who you are or where you live. The Houston Health Department's grant-funded partners are getting the work done to reverse these disparities. It's through their grassroots, boots-on-the-ground approach to outreach that we believe will overcome the barriers to a healthy life. This monthly newsletter will share how these partners are producing real results by putting grant dollars where they can make the most difference.  --> Photo credit - Ave360 Overcoming health inequities COVID-19 didn't create health inequities; however, the pandemic impacts on at-risk communities made it much harder to ignore. In fact, according to the Big Cities Health Coalition, if you live in a Houston neighborhood that rates high on the social vulnerability index, you're almost 13% more cases of COVID-19 (per 100k) than lower-rated neighborhoods. By building on existing cultural, linguistical, and local strategies to reach these populations, we can reduce COVID-19 risk, and build infrastructure for improved health outcomes of all Houstonians. Tell us! Click the button to submit your organization's actions to improve health inequities. We would love to recognize you in a future newsletter. --> Meet our Principal Investigator

In collaboration with the CDC, the Houston Health Department's Dr. Deborah Banerjee, Bureau Chief, Office of Program Evaluation and Research for Effectiveness, will lead the CDC health equity initiative by working with multisector community partners. These partnerships will build and enhance infrastructure systems to address COVID-19 testing and vaccine uptake in socially vulnerable Houston communities. Dr. Banerjee is passionate about reducing structural and systemic inequities that affect population health. She collaborates with academic and community partners to bring diverse perspectives into her quantitative and qualitative work, in an effort to bridge the gap between practice and research.

--> Texas Tool Belt Building off years of experience engaging Black, Indigenous, people of color, and all underserved communities, Texas Tool Belt, is tasked with designing and executing a holistic plan to advance health equity and increase vaccination rates. Click the orange button to visit their website. --> Chinese Community Center

The Chinese Community Center's objective is the Protection and Empowerment (PPE) project. They are working to increase vaccination rates for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders and residents of southwest Houston by countering misinformation and bringing stakeholders together under the common mission to increase access to quality health care.

Texas Tool Belt
Contact: Kimberly Olsen

  Chinese Community Center
Contact: Chi Meil --> COVID-19 Data and Resources Focused Resources on Health Equity:  Copyright © 2022 Houston Health Department, All rights reserved.
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