Online Program

Community Health Collaboration- Outreach and Resources for Gulf Coastal Arms in Northeast Houston

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Shiny John, MBA, BS, Health and Human Services, City of Houston Health Department, Houston, TX
Marquis Smith, B.B.A., City of Houston Health Department, Houston, TX
Adeeb Barqawi, M.S., Kashmere High School, Houston Independent School District, Houston, TX
Kaylan Henderson, MSPH, Health and Human Services, City of Houston Health Department, Houston, TX
The Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) along with ProUnitas (non-profit), and a private developer of a low-income apartment complex conducted an Assessment, Intervention, and Mobilization (AIM) project in the Gulf Coastal Arms (GCA) Apartment. This is a collaboration of public health, community partners, and a private developer committed to improve community outcomes. 

A Community Touch intervention was initiated, with teams of HDHHS employees and volunteers went door-to-door delivering packets with 35 flyers/ booklets on various health related resources and services in the community. During the Community Touch, the HDHHS Mobile Unit screened individuals for HIV/AIDS and other STD’s, and provided treatment and referrals.

The GCA complex has 590 residents. The Touch team visited a total of 154 units. Statistically, 56 units were touched via door-to-door, with a total of 82 individuals assessed for basic and immediate needs:  33% were children, 58% were adults, and 9% were senior citizens. The HDHHS Mobile Unit screened for HIV/AIDS and other STD’s, providing treatment and referrals. The HDHHS and ProUnitas teams in cooperation with the Houston Food Bank, distributed 1000 bags of food to those in need as well as 800 donated books. 

The implications of the GCA AIM for underserved communities are deep/broad: engaging HDHHS and key community stakeholders through relationship building provides sustainable health/wellness solutions that utilize existing community resources, empowering the community to be advocates for their health care needs. A collaboration of this magnitude proves that organizations can come together for the greater good of a community.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe the outcomes of the collaboration between partners of this event Differentiate between the stakeholders involved in systemic programming Identify the gaps present in the community Discuss the method in which resources were garnered to tackle the gaps Evaluate the method of statistical data to determine and prioritize services to be delivered to the community

Keyword(s): Community Health Assessment, Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over 10 years of public health experience including managing an HIV/STD clinic, providing mammography services, and also maintaining and expanding health programming for Human services, which are all for indigent, and public community care. I have a passion to provide optimal resources and services to the citizens of our community and our city as it relates to increased quality of health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.