meet Karen Tseng, leading our population health movement
Harris Health has interviewed hundreds of patients to assess the barriers that make it particularly difficult for so many of them to live a healthy life. We can’t be all things to all people, nor do we need to be. What we can do is refine our focus. We can begin to cultivate a more holistic, nurturing relationship with our patients. And we can work harder to build powerful partnerships with existing nonprofits and area organizations who are ready and able to provide meaningful solutions and support.
meet Rebecca Verm, leading a farm-to-fork revolution
LBJ Hospital is located in an area of northeast Houston officially defined as a food desert with little access to affordable, nutritious food, and where most residents live below the poverty line. With the help of dedicated staff and area volunteers, a certified farmer and local partners, we built our first community farm to provide patients and local residents with fresh fruits and vegetables. More important, we teach them how they can prepare and shop for their own nutritious foods.
meet Hope Galvan, leading the food Rx campaign
Food insecurity is particularly health threatening for those with chronic conditions. Many Harris Health patients must choose between medication for themselves or food for their families in a no-win scenario that frustrates care providers and patients alike. To address this critical need, Harris Health is excited to be partnering with Houston Food Bank’s Food for Change program to open an onsite Food Farmacy at Strawberry Health Center, the first of its kind in Texas.
a realistic response to our times: Stop the Bleed
As mass shootings become all too common, Harris Health is more committed than ever to its Stop the Bleed initiative, a program designed by the American College of Surgeons to teach responsible personnel at Houston area schools and other community organizations to act as competent first responders. The goal is to make bleeding control skills as common as CPR and to give victims a better chance of survival while emergency medical professionals head their way. In concert with other regional hospitals and agencies, Harris Health has trained more than 1,000 people, including all HISD nurses, and is in the process of training the staff at Ben Taub Hospital.
a dramatic lesson for teens: Shattered Dreams
Each year, Harris Health facilitates Shattered Dreams, an unforgettable two-day, school-based program that demonstrates the dangers of drunk driving. High school juniors and seniors get a look at the sobering, real-life consequences as they help reenact a car crash on their campus, complete with emergency medical response teams and police. The “drunk driver” is arrested, goes before a judge, faces manslaughter charges and heads to prison as 30 other students see and hear what it’s like to fight to survive in the trauma center at Ben Taub Hospital.
addressing a different kind of trauma: Wig Out
In 2018, Harris Health and the MD Anderson Oncology Program at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital partnered with Wig Out, a nonprofit organization providing free wigs, headscarves, makeup and other products to cancer patients dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy.
healthcare with a conscience
Saving lives is what we do, every day. Not just in our busy emergency departments or our world-class trauma centers. To us, saving lives begins long before there’s a crisis. We’re on a mission to transform the health of our community, early on and for a lifetime.