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Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month calls on all Americans to reflect on the significant contributory roles African American people have played in the creation and preservation of the United States. Carter G. Woodson, often given much of the credit for Black History Month, believed that appreciating this history “would destroy the dividing prejudices of nationality” thus culminating in equality.

Unfortunately, equality has not been realized in many dimensions but none as prevalent as in health care— more specifically maternal health disparities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most notable disparity in maternal mortality rates in the U.S. is defined by race. Racial and ethnic disparities in pregnancy-related deaths continue to persist. This is devastating given that most of these deaths are preventable.  

The U.S. (with Texas in the middle of state rankings) has the highest rate of maternal mortality among developed nations. African American women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy related causes than White women. To address these disparities and improve maternal health to ALL women, Healthy Women Houston was born from the recommendations of Houston Endowment's Community Plan to Improving Maternal Health.

Healthy Women Houston provides comprehensive, integrated services, including medical, behavioral and social determinants of health, to achieve better women’s health outcomes.

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In the News

Healthy Women Houston was the recipient of proceeds from The Woman's Earth New Year's Eve Brunch. The Woman's Earth is a global sisterhood of progressive and business-minded women collectively curating sacred and safe spaces to empower, educate and promote self-love and healing for women of color.

LaToya Shields, Manager of Specialized Programs and Services at The Council on Recovery, was on Houston Matters and spoke about Healthy Women Houston and maternal health, in conjunction with Project Row Houses Round 50 art installation: Race, Health and Motherhood.

Debbie Hull of Whole Mother on spoke with LaToya Shields on Sunday, January 19, about the role addiction and substance use disorder plays in maternal mortality and morbidity.

Community Care Coordinator Spotlight: Schronda

Schronda serves as a Community Care Coordinator with Avenue 360 Health & Wellness. “I am from Houston and was raised in Beaumont, TX. I moved to Houston years ago right after Hurricane Rita. I moved back to Beaumont a few years later when my grandmother died and finally made my way back to Houston last January for good this time with kids and grandkids. In my spare time, between work and the grands, I love cooking, reading, fishing, or just being anywhere near the water. I also love road trips!

Healthy Women Houston means a great deal to me. I am so proud to be a part of this initiative because it is much needed in our communities. It means Healthy Women, mind and body which in turn brings us healthy, happy babies. I am driven to do this work because of the need for change. Another mother lives and another child lives! I am very passionate about this initiative. I am a mother. I had a very difficult childbirth with my first child which could have went either way for the both of us. However, we made it through. So this is for all of my sisters, and I say sisters because that’s what we are. When it comes down to being pregnant and giving birth, we all pray for the same thing; a healthy and happy baby! That’s the tie that binds us all. There are many who do not make it through, either mother, or child, sometimes both. Healthy Women Houston is working to change that. I want our Healthy Women Houston members to know that you have someone fighting for you. Advocating on your behalf. Here for you in many different capacities. We are here to support YOU. Thank you for putting your trust in us.”

Agency Spotlight: HOPE Clinic

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.

The mission of HOPE Clinic is to provide quality healthcare without any prejudice to all people of Greater Houston in a culturally and linguistically competent manner. HOPE provides health care services to all regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. In particular, HOPE Clinic serves the uninsured, underinsured, those with limited English proficiency, and the low-income. A unique characteristic of HOPE Clinic is its capacity to provide services in any of the 145 languages spoken in the Greater Houston area, including: Mandarin, Cantonese, Swahili, Korean, Burmese, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Spanish. HOPE Clinic staff speaks 31 different languages.

Located in the Alief neighborhood, HOPE Clinic is a full time Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing over 21,000 patient visits a year. Each of the four locations provides women's health services and OB/GYN care.

Healthy Women Houston collaborative agencies

Upcoming Events

February is the last month to view Project Row Houses' Round 50: Race, Health, and Motherhood. Join us at Project Row Houses for one of our upcoming events.
Location: 2507 Holman Street, Houston, TX 77004

Friday, February 7, 2020, 12 – 5 p.m.
Black HIV Awareness Day serves as an opportunity to increase HIV education, testing, and community involvement among black communities. Avenue 360 Health and Wellness will provide free rapid HIV testing. We’ll end the HIV epidemic – "We’re in This, Together.”

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Celebrate the beauty of stretch marks that tell the stories of how women's bodies sustained life and nourished the little one’s brought into this world as well as grieve for the babies that some have lost in Heather Elsayed’s Affirmations & Gentle Body Stretching Flow Yoga. All skill levels are welcome!

Sunday, February 9, 2020, 12 – 5 p.m.
The Laboratory of Early Experience and Development at the University of Houston conducts research with young children and their families to study the effects of early-life adversity on development in children. Children will receive stickers, coloring pages, and pencils.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 12 – 5 p.m.
Healthy Women Houston staff will uncover myths surrounding the 2020 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, February 13, 2020, 12 – 5 p.m.
Avenue 360 Health and Wellness offers a POP-UP Clinic open to the community. Information and testing is available for blood pressure, glucose, rapid Hepatitis C testing, rapid HIV testing, rapid syphilis testing and medical appointments.

Friday, February 14, 2020, 1 – 3 p.m.
UH Healthy Start staff will lead a conversation on the importance of self-care and provide tangible resources and practical tools to get you on a journey to self-care.
Saturday, February 15, 2020, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
A Celebration of Black Maternal Health: Join members of the Healthy Women Houston team as we come together to commemorate Black Maternal Health.
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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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