About Us

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The Texas AHEC East-Greater Houston Region is a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the health of our population, especially the underserved, by creating partnerships with and among community and academic organizations.

 

4014 Market Streeet, Suite W111
Houston, Texas 77020

Phone: 713-592-6411

Fax: 713-592-6411

MSEARCH

Mobile Systems Education and Resources for Consumer Health (MSEARCH) is an electronic skill building program focused on educating seniors’ how to navigate National Libraries of Medicine (NLM) health information website using mobile device technology. Partnerships developed with the City of Houston Health Department and Neighborhood Centers Inc. has provided outreach opportunities to access senior populations. This program is an expansion of the Operation Computer Literacy Increasing Consumer Knowledge for Seniors (CLICKS) program that was initially developed and successfully implemented by the Greater Houston Region in 2010.  As a result of these programs, approximately 273 seniors from 14 community organizations learned basic computer and Internet navigation skills necessary to access the credible health websites.more...

 

National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)

Texas AHEC East – Greater Houston Region (GHR), in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), The Houston Business Coalition on Health (HBCH), Cities Changing Diabetes (CCD), The National Association for Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with key stakeholders in the Houston area to convene a taskforce and develop a strategic plan to scale and sustain the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) - a CDC recognized, lifestyle change program for people with prediabetes. more...

 

School Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey Project (SPAN)

Texas AHEC East – Greater Houston Region is partnering with the University of Texas School of Public Health at Austin, as well as the University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston to implement the School Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) project. Through this initiative; 2nd, 4th, 8th, and 11th grade students across the Greater Houston region will receive basic health assessments to determine their health status and risks associated with obesity. Since its inception, over 322 school districts and 65,000 students have participated in the SPAN project.

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Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition

“995,000 Kids in Texas are exposed in their own home to secondhand smoke.” 
Texas AHEC East Greater Houston Region and The Waller County Alliance for Lifestyle Choices coalition (WALC) received grant funding from the Department of State Health Services known as “Tobacco Prevention Control Coalition” (TPCC).  The funding created an opportunity for Junior High and High School children to become community liaisons in efforts to eliminate the use of tobacco because it is the leading preventable cause of illness and death in America.  Heart disease and stroke is the number one illness caused by smoking.   Many people including thousands of children are victims of secondhand smoke and its effects which result in the same cancer causing chemicals as those who smoke.  The High school TPCC youth have been instrumental in providing tobacco education to the Waller County Elementary Schools with an estimated reach of 4,500 students and adults in the community; the passing of a Smoke Free Ordinance in Hempstead Texas (county seat) estimated reach of 6,600 citizens and presenting the Prairie View City council to pass a Smoke Free Ordinance (pending council signatures) estimated reach of 6,100 citizens.  We have received tremendous support from Mayor Wolfe of Hempstead, Mayor Allen of Prairie View and Judge Mariam Jackson of Hempstead for our efforts in Waller County....more

 

University of Texas Houston School of Nursing

University of Texas Houston School of Nursing
The Greater Houston Region facilitates service learning experiences for UT Houston School of Nursing by creating opportunities for students to apply their clinical and didactic skills in a community setting. The Greater Houston Region has provided community experiences for 152 nursing students since 2012. These students engaged in curriculum development, classroom instruction and community outreach.

 

Specific projects included:
Operation CLICKS and MSEARCH - electronic skill building programs focused on senior populations developing basic computer or mobile tablet device skills to access credible health information on the Internet.
The Senior Wellness Program-Through this initiative we aim to increase awareness of healthy behavior and provide a supportive environment which empowers seniors to make healthy lifestyle choices. The purpose of this program is to support the health and well-being of seniors by facilitating the implementation of evidenced-based activities designed to increase independence and enhance the quality of life of seniors over the age of 55.
Sunnyside Update-This project provided an opportunity to conduct a health information needs assessment project in the Sunnyside area (an economically underserved area in Houston Texas). Through this initiative, 850 residents provided valuable feedback related to how they preferred to receive health information. The Sunnyside population of approximately 21,000 is disproportionately affected by limited access to healthy food, drug use, sexually transmitted diseases, obesity related illness, criminal activity and low income.
School Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey Project
Texas AHEC East – Greater Houston Region is partnering with the University of Texas School of Public Health at Austin, as well as the University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston to implement the School Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) project. Through this initiative; 2nd, 4th, 8th, and 11th grade students across the Greater Houston region will receive basic health assessments to determine their health status and risks associated with obesity. Since its inception, over 322 school districts and 65,000 students have participated in the SPAN project.