2-1-1 Texas/United Way of Houston
50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX, 77007
The 2-1-1 Texas/United Way Helpline is one of the largest in the nation (answering over 922,000 calls for help in 2011), which offers great potential to help eliminate health disparities by proactively screening callers for health needs and making appropriate referrals for prevention-related services. Since 2009 the 2-1-1 Texas/United Way Helpline has been collaborating with researchers at the University of Texas School of Public Health, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, to address cancer disparities in medically underserved populations. New collaborations are also underway that focus on providing a “smoke free homes” intervention for 211 callers.
At the 2-1-1 Texas call office, participants will see first-hand the information and referral process that occurs literally thousands of times daily. They will listen to live calls with a trained specialist, and meet with program managers and researchers who oversee the project. An in depth discussion of challenges and successes of the collaboration will give attendees a well-rounded view of the project in action, as well as the practicality of applying evidenced based methods in community situations. Success stories from the navigators involved in the project will provide concrete insights of life changes that have occurred as a result of community-education partnerships. We will also summarize key information from our CPRIT funded study.
CAN DO (Children and Neighbors Defeat Obesity) Houston/Lyons Elementary
Children at Risk
2900 Weslayan Suite 400, Houston, TX, 77027
CHILDREN AT RISK is a non-partisan research and advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of poor public policies affecting children. CHILDREN AT RISK focuses on a myriad of children’s issues, including: public education reform, basic needs, physical and mental health, and combatting human trafficking and child abuse. The CHILDREN AT RISK Institute is an academically oriented policy and research collaborative focused on facilitating research and scholarship to promote new and innovative public policy solutions to the challenges faced by children. In recent years, CHILDREN AT RISK has grown exponentially in its capacity to speak out and drive change for Texas’ children, and has become a premier resource on children’s issues among major media outlets, public officials, and non-profits.
Participants will see the inner workings of this effective child advocacy organization, and the nature and energy of this multi-faceted and collaborative work environment. They will have an opportunity to meet the researchers, legal and policy experts, and the academicians that collect, analyze, and disseminate data on Texas’ children. Additional activities will include a panel discussion with faculty from the UT School of Medicine, UT School of Public Health, and Baylor College of Medicine joining the CHILDREN AT RISK staff and discuss how this academic-community partnership has enhanced CHILDREN AT RISK’s ability to advocate on behalf of children.
CIS (Communities In Schools) of Houston/Lamar High School
3325 Westheimer, Houston TX, 77008
Communities In Schools (CIS) is in our seventh successful year of collaboration on the Lamar High School campus. As part of the Student Success Center, CIS works with several academic and community partners to provide the social, emotional and tutorial services which enhance student success. Academic and community partners provide their services on campus, coordinated by CIS. Projects undertaken include the Lamar High School Behavioral Health Community Collaborative (mental health); mentoring; case management; tutoring; support/educational groups for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) youth; parenting/pregnancy support; and youth/caregivers with mood disorders.
Site visit participants will hear about an engaged partnership between CIS, the school, and community social service providers, with a targeted goal of meeting the social emotional needs of every student, and a focus on physical and mental health issues due to the at-risk population's needs. The unique coordination and integration of social, academic, physical health, and mental health services will be reviewed as a replicable model.
Disaster Ambassador Preparedness Program & Gateway to Care/ Third Ward Multi-Service Center
3611 Ennis Street, Houston, TX 77004
At the Third Ward Multi-Service Center, participants will hear about two unique programs which address disaster preparedness, an important topic in the Gulf region. The site visit will begin with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) giving an overview of natural and man-made disasters in the Houston area, as well as what planning agencies have to navigate as it prepares, responds and recovers from disaster. Participants will hear from various partners and stakeholders about their role and ability to meet the needs of the community, and evaluation of the programs. Two particular programs will be highlighted:
The Disaster Ambassador Preparedness Program (DAPP) was created to prepare families to maintain health and safety during natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes. DAPP was created by HDHHS through its membership in Project SECURE Gulf Coast. Through strategic partnerships with Houston Independent School District’s Elementary Health and Physical Education Department and Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service, the DAPP program educates fourth graders to lead their families in Disaster Preparedness by making a family emergency plan, building a family emergency supply kit, and learning to stay informed during a disaster and sign up for transportation assistance.
Gateway to Care (GTC) is a healthcare access collaborative comprised of over 160 member and affiliated organizations. These organizations range from healthcare systems to clinics to enrollment and advocacy organizations. This site visit will focus on the collaborative effort of Disaster Planning, Preparedness and Recovery managed by Gateway to Care. GTC will be highlighting one of their major programs - Medical Reserve Corps, which manages the volunteer healthcare professionals and para-professionals who help meet medical needs in times of disasters or public health crisis. The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps is to improve the health and safety of the community by training and organizing public health, medical and other volunteers to be part of local government disaster response and relief efforts.
ECHOS (Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services)
9600 S. Gessner, Building E, Houston, TX, 77071
From inception, ECHOS has made available to all providers in the community – service and academic alike – space and clients. The ECHOS mission is to remove as many barriers to access to health care and social services as we possibly can for our client base. Clients represent more than seventy countries of origin – reflective of the immigrant/refugee population resident in southwest Houston. Services include assistance in completing applications for medical and social services programs, medical screenings and referrals (vision, dental, HIV, Blood Pressure/Glucose), ESL classes, domestic violence support groups, children’s immunizations, and refugee services. Client Navigator staff are made up of previous clients at ECHOS – thus making new clients more comfortable. Campus relationships allow unique training, service and research opportunities for students and faculty alike, using a model of service delivery that can be easily and inexpensively replicated, which has garnered a great deal of attention in the Houston community.
Represented at the site visit will be faculty from a variety of local academic institutions who place their students at ECHOS, including the University of Texas School of Nursing, Dental Branch and School of Public Health, the University of Houston College of Optometry and Jack Valenti School of Communication; and Baylor College of Medicine – Division of Allied Health Sciences and the Houston Galveston Schweitzer Fellow Program. Additionally we will have members from our provider community, both public entities as well as privately funded service providers, and representatives from the school districts the children of our clients attend. Each will speak to their experience with ECHOS and their reasons and experience in partnering with ECHOS.
Environmental Community Advocates of Galena Park
1508 Hunter Street, Galena Park, TX, 77547
The Environmental Community Advocates of Galena Park (ECAGP) is a non-profit advocacy group comprised of concerned residents that seek to facilitate change for the good of all Galena Park residents. Priority areas of focus are air quality, access to healthcare for adults, and access to healthy lifestyle options. ECAGP’s collaborative partners focused on addressing Galena Park’s environmental health concerns include Air Alliance Houston, Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services, and MD Anderson Cancer Center, Center for Health Equity and Evaluation Research (CHEER). Recent projects organized by ECAGP include a student media project, a healthy food buyers club, several community environmental health workshops, and a health impact assessment currently underway.
During the site visit, participants will acquire a historical perspective of the environmental justice concerns facing this community. The methods used during the Environmental Community Assessment Project to identify, prioritize, and address the emerging priority environmental health issues will be presented. We will discuss how this research initiative led to the establishment of ECAGP and several sustainable community partnerships. Additionally, we will discuss ECAGP community initiatives such as the Health Impact Assessment and the Healthy Food Buyers Club currently underway in the Galena Park community.
HOPE (Helping Other People through Encouragement) Clinic
7001 Corporate Dr, Houston TX, 77036
HOPE Clinic is a professionally staffed and fulltime Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alike. The clinic’s caring and dedicated staff speaks numerous languages and provides culturally and linguistically competent, high-quality care to all, regardless of ability to pay. The clinic provides primary and preventative services for both adults and children. Languages spoken include Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Hindi, Burmese, and Spanish. Our mission is to provide quality health care to all people without any prejudice to all people of greater Houston, in a culturally and linguistically competent manner.
During the site visit, participants will learn about the services provided by the clinic, the population served, and the impact made in the community. Included will be a tour of the facility, and a series of presentations by both HOPE Clinic staff and spokespersons of partnering organizations, including the clinic’s partnership projects and research role, challenges, and future opportunities.
Houston Adolescent Health Initiative/Sterling High School
11625 Martindale, Houston, TX, 77048
The goal of the Houston Department of Health and Human Services’ Houston Adolescent Health Initiative (HAHI) is to improve the overall health and well-being of adolescents and prepare them with a strong foundation for adult life. HAHI provides an opportunity to build on exisiting community iniatitives and facilitates the establishment of infrastructure for ongoing collaboration. Current projects include monthly community YEA (Youth Engaged in Assets) meetings, production of locally designed "For Youth by Youth" social media messages and toolkits, youth/adolescent developmental asset trainings, the development of asset activity modules, and the sponsorship of youth-led service learning projects. Key stakeholders include United Way of Greater Houston, Mayor's Anti-Gang Office, HPD Youth Police Advisory Council, Houston Independent School District, National Association of City and County Health Officials and adolescent leaders.
At Sterling High School, participants will learn about HAHI’s involvement at the high school, their various partnerships, and the methodology of the Houston Youth Developmental Asset Profile. Participants will engage in discussion with HAHI partners on plans to expand the initiative. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage students who are involved in the program as participants or surveyors in the monthly community youth activities.
Houston Community College, Coleman College for Health Sciences
1933 Pressler Street, Houston, TX 77030
Houston Community College's (HCC) Coleman College for Health Sciences is located in a unique state-of-the-art facility within the Texas Medical Center. The Coleman College Community Health Worker (CHW) Program was developed through funding from the Komen Foundation. While the CHW Program has a focus on breast health, it is a complete program meeting all of the criteria of the Texas Department of State Health Services as a Certified CHW Program. This program is also the only CHW Program in the state of Texas that is a college credit based certificate that can lead to a greater Associates Degree in Human Services. The program is based on the model of community-based participatory learning, and ensures that students engage in learning experiences directly involving the target patient/client, with the majority of patient/client activities occuring in the community and outpatient setting.
During the site visit we will highlight several successful community-based collaborations that enable CHW students to experience both service learning and practicum learning experiences. Presentations by faculty, students and community partners will include: an overview of HCC's CHW program, including its development and unique alignment with the Grande Aide Medical Worker Program; the Breast Health Collaborative of Texas involving CHW students in its Breast Health Portal and annual Breast Health Summit; Memorial Hermann Healthcare System Oncology Nurse Navigator Program where students participate in breast health focused practicums; Healthy Family Initiatives where the roles of CHW and Doula have been blended; and Harmony House which provides students with respite center practicums supporting the homeless. A tour of the HCC Coleman College campus will also be provided followed by the opportunity to view current CHW students' poster presentations (part of the CHW curriculum).
MOCAH (Museum of Cultural Arts Houston)
908 Wood St, Suite 110 Houston, Texas 77002
MOCAH (Museum of Cultural Arts, Houston)’s mission is to use public art and creativity as tools for social awareness and community development. Through art programming, MOCAH empowers community members by using multidisciplinary art methods that reinforce learning skills, which promote individual and social health awareness. The Art Angels Healing Arts Program, which serves to promote social wellness through volunteerism and creative philanthropy, has partnered with Collaborative for Children as the recipient of the Hogg Grant for Mental Health, and is principal partner in the South Region Children's Mental Health Collaborative. This program is a part of a community-wide awareness campaign promoting children’s mental health by working to reduce stigma attached to expressing emotional or behavioral needs, and improving access to mental health services for children and their families.
Conference participants will have an opportunity to visit the MOCAH Production Studio and experience a brief introduction to the organization, a video presentation, and discussion time with staff and partners. Participants will then take a bus tour of nearby MOCAH public art projects, to experience and discuss the social impact of art projects within the neighborhoods served.
Neighborhood Centers Inc. - Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center
6500 Rookin, Houston, TX, 77074
Neighborhood Centers Inc. brings resources, education and connection to people throughout Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast area each year. Through a network of community centers and educational facilities partnerships with other non-profits, Neighborhood Centers Inc. helps our neighbors discover and develop their strengths and skills to become productive, self-sufficient individuals. In 2005, Gulfton was prioritized as an area of community investment after a series of public engagement workshops. Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center opened in 2010 and is now a hub of activities that support families seeking to increase their educational attainment, well-being, and community engagement. The agency works with 25 area partners to build a pipeline of cradle to college to career success for community families.
Participants will tour the campus, including the Welcome Center, Charter School, and Community Gardens. They will hear from agency staff, the Center’s Health Coordinator, and community members about collaborations the Center has within the Gulfton community. Participants will then be able to participate in one of two service activities (“Summer Survival Kit” building, or “Planting the Seeds for Tomorrow”), that are centered around two of the most successful programs at the Center.
6011 West Orem Drive, Houston TX, 77085
Project CHURCH is a partnership between MD Anderson Cancer Center and Windsor Village United Methodist Church, with a mission of providing pathways to reduce cancer health disparities among African Americans. They accomplish this goal through understanding the health needs of the target population, providing education, encouraging community involvement, as well as developing culturally specific programs to promote health. As a result of Project CHURCH, the collaboration has developed several health programs and sought funding to sustain and expand health programs to other Houston area churches.
Site Visit participants will hear from partners (i.e. Church leadership, PI, Community Advisory Board (CAB), and research participants) involved in Project CHURCH. Participants will learn about the process of implementing community engagement principles, specifically using the CAB’s feedback to design culturally relevant research, and health education classes to promote lifestyle/behavioral changes to reduce cancer risk. Partners will discuss lessons learned and future community partnerships to promote health and research.
Project Saving Smiles/Good Neighbor Healthcare Center
190 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX, 77007
Using an evidence and community-based public health approach, the Houston Department of Health and Human Services’ (HDHHS) Project Saving Smiles (PSS) provides dental screening, dental sealants, fluoride varnish, and oral health education free of charge targeting 2nd graders enrolled in the Free or Reduced Lunch Program and who have written parental consent. PSS invites area schools having 70% or more students on the Free or Reduced Lunch Program. The goals of PSS are to 1) reduce dental cavities/decay in low-income students, and 2) increase school attendance through the prevention of oral health problems. In a collaborative effort, the HDHHS, Good Neighbor Healthcare Center, Texas Department of State Health Services, Women of Rotary, Texas Oral Health Coalition-Houston Region, the University of Texas School of Dentistry, Houston Community College, area schools, and other partners provide these preventive services.
Site Visit participants will observe that day’s clinic operations, learn about the PSS initiative (history) and its impact on improving oral health of low-income students. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussion with stakeholder participants, including staff, faculty, dental students, and recipients, which will include listening to stakeholder reflections of that days experience and the widespread effects of PSS.
6500 Rookin, Houston, TX, 77074
ProSalud is a community-based, community-led health education program in the medically underserved, primarily Hispanic Gulfton neighborhood. The goals of ProSalud are to train “promotoras” to provide health education, to advocate for individual and community health issues, to serve as a liaison with the medical community, and to provide outreach for those without a medical home. Research partnerships have included; National Council of La Raza, National Hispanic Council on Aging, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, Conceptus, Rice University, and UTSPH.
Site Visit participants will take a short bus tour of the Gulfton area, to better understand the environment and community, then visit the Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center, where ProSalud has its office. ProSalud’s promotoras & board members will share the “good, the bad and the ugly” from their experiences with a variety of research projects and funders, including lessons learned, sharing decision-making, and how to sustain projects after research has ended. The UT School of Public Health (UTSPH) research team and the promotoras will give “lessons learned to date” on the current project which uses the “promotora” model as the basis of breast and cervical cancer prevention.
St Joseph House
3307 Austin, Houston, TX, 77004
St Joseph House is a work-oriented program certified by the International Center for Clubhouse Development, designed to help people with mental illness re-enter society through psychosocial rehabilitation. The clubhouse helps clients find employment, secure housing, pursue educational goals, attend to advocacy needs, and secure social security benefits. Since 2006, Houston Community College has offered service learning at St. Joseph House, where students volunteer to mentor individuals with a diagnosis of mental illness. Based upon the civic engagement/service learning model, students work together with members of the clubhouse in various venues on the site - writing newsletter articles, growing and harvesting vegetables, preparing lunch, keeping statistics, data input, tutoring, and planning and participating in social events open to the community with programs to break down the stigma of mental illness.
Participants will meet with clubhouse members, hear their stories, and discuss with them their experience with St Joseph House. As a service activity, participants may choose to write a story about their experience that might be published in the organization's newsletter. Participants will also have the chance to participate in any of the activities normally engaged in by students doing service learning, such as working in the garden, preparing lunches, or planning social events.