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Happy New Year from Healthy Women Houston

Healthy Women Houston aims to create and integrate layers of supports – health, behavioral, and social supports – around women of child-bearing age and especially women at higher risk of maternal morbidity and mortality within the targeted communities of South Central and Greater Fondren Southwest areas of Houston.

Healthy Women Houston starts with our Community Care Coordinators (C3s) who reside in the community and respectfully partner with their clients to identify and remove obstacles to health. These include access to high quality, personal medical and behavioral healthcare; resources to prevent and recover from substance abuse and intimate partner violence; and the means to address the foundations of poverty – food insecurity, education, housing, transportation, and employment.

Today on Houston Matters

Today, January 9, you can catch LaToya Shields, Manager of Specialized Programs and Services at The Council on Recovery, on Houston Matters talking about Healthy Women Houston and maternal health. Houston Matters airs weekdays at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM.

Contact us to learn more about Healthy Women Houston and how you can partner with us.

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Community Care Coordinator Spotlight: Meleekah

Meleekah is a Tejana, born and raised in the west part of Houston, TX, and moved to Third Ward in 2001. She is an activist, community health worker, and artist working as a Community Care Coordinator (C3) with The Council on Recovery and on issues related to health, wellness, and community development in Houston's Third Ward and in Dream 77021 community. Meleekah is a mother of four children ranging from 16 to eight years of age and had the opportunity to join Healthy Women Houston in 2018 to assist women like her that need or want resources and coordinated services. With her personal experience and perspective, she dreams of demolishing poverty and health disparities for women, children and communities.

Nurtured by service, mentors and motivators, she develops her passion for transformation and renewal through the use of creative methods such as photography, drama therapy and outdoor activation. She enjoys creating space for communal conversations, exploration and healing as a creative connector to support socioeconomically disadvantaged communities through the arts, culture and care.

Agency Spotlight: Avenue 360 Health & Wellness

Healthy Women Houston is a collaboration among seven agencies committed to improving maternal health in Harris County: Avenue 360 Health & Wellness, Community Health Choice, The Council on Recovery, Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, HOPE Clinic, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, and Memorial Hermann Health System.

Avenue 360 Health & Wellness provides high quality and caring services to promote healthy people and communities and offers a holistic solution for those seeking a medical home. The patient is the center of our model, giving our patients a collaborative choice for their healthcare needs. Avenue 360 cares for the whole person, meaning that whether someone needs a diagnosis, a prescription for flu medicine, a stable place to live or a partner in wellness Avenue 360 Health & Wellness is there. Their whole community approach means that everyone is served, from families needing a primary medical care doctor to those who want to spend their last days in dignity. Avenue 360 represents that “We’re all in this together,” spirit.

Avenue 360 has locations throughout Houston and offers a complete suite of women's health services and obstetrics and gynecology at its South Central location.

Upcoming Events at the Healthy Women Houston Project Row Houses Installation

Location: 2507 Holman Street, Houston, TX 77004

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 1 – 2 p.m.
Tianca Gilliard, Community Care Coordinator for Healthy Women Houston, leads Maternal Health Talks, where women, their partners, and other stakeholders from the community can voice and speak to the importance of maternal health and the impact on the community.

Thursday, January 16, 2020, 12 – 5 p.m.
The Pop-Up Clinic, delivered by Avenue 360 Health & Wellness, is open to the community and will have information on and conduct testing for blood pressure, glucose, hepatitis C, HIV, and syphilis.

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
HOPE Clinic will discuss the importance and impact of the 2020 Census. Staff will uncover myths surrounding the census and provide participants with the facts that they need to know. Our goal is to spread awareness of the importance of being counted and inform our community of everything that is at stake if there is an undercount.

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 1 – 2 p.m.
Maternal Health Talks is designed to create a bond through the sharing of our birth stories and experiences within the world of maternal health and is led by Tianca Gilliard, Community Care Coordinator for Healthy Women Houston.

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Jonathan Kearney, LPC-LCDC, Clinical Manager at The Council on Recovery, leads a Real Talk about postpartum depression and maternal health from the male perspective. Jonathan knew absolutely nothing about postpartum depression OR at least he did not until his wife experienced postpartum depression with their second child and he received a firsthand crash course. Jonathan will lead a discussion that will identify risk factors and common signs of postpartum depression, share common thoughts and feelings of how to approach postpartum depression, and share ways to be supportive.

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 1 – 2 p.m.
Vision, Purpose, Dream: An Artistic Interpretation is designed to help you narrow down your desires through the power of choice by creating a vision board and will be led by Meleekah Villegas, Community Care Coordinator for Healthy Women Houston.
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Healthy Women Houston provides community based, coordinated, compassionate and respectful support to women with challenges to their health through their pregnancies and throughout their lives.

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