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January 2020

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Here are Houston's most popular baby names of 2019

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Mia
  4. Camila
  5. Sophia
  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Mateo
  4. Matthew
  5. Jacob
There were 67,422 live births in Houston in 2019.
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We're off to a great start in the 2020 Community Challenge!

With the Houston Health Department carrying the torch, Houston had it's best ever performance in last year's IT'S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge. Less than two weeks into the 2020 Community Challenge, Houston is on the verge of taking second place.  Read More

Financial Empowerment Centers open at two multi-service centers

Houstonains now have access to one-to-one professional financial counseling at no cost. 

Read More | News Conference

Not in a neighborhood

We recently joined Mayor Turner, community members and others to voice opposition to a proposed concrete batch plant expansion in Acres Homes.  Read More | News Conference  

News Media CoverageHouston Chronicle | KHOU | KTRK | KPRC | KRIV

Supporting Fifth Ward

Thank you to our staff, Impact Fifth Ward, community volunteers, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Houston City Council Member Jerry Davis and Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis for making our recent Fifth Ward Community Health Assessment a success.  Read More

News Media CoverageHouston Chronicle | KHOU | KTRK | KPRC | KRIV

There's no safe amount of lead

Our lead poising prevention programs protect our children by offering lead remediation and other services at no cost to eligible families. 
Read More

You may qualify for WIC benefits 

Our WIC program safeguards the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods.
Read More | ICYMI: WIC Music Video Goes Viral

Kids can't focus with toothaches

Project Saving Smiles has served 50,000 second graders with dental screenings, sealants, and fluoride varnishes at no cost. You can help with a donation to the Houston Health Foundation. 
Read More | Learn about See to Succeed

Come check us out

Ever checked out one of our 11 multi-service centers? They offer educational resources, direct services, referrals, access to basic needs, and other social services needs. Find a location near you today!  Read More

Schedule an appointment

Our health centers offer family planning, immunizations, tuberculosis diagnosis, care for sexually transmitted diseases, and dental care. Let us be your health super hero by scheduling an appointment today.  Read More

Health info at your fingertips

Our Office of Planning, Evaluation and Research for Effectiveness researches, analyses, interprets and shares information on health issues that affect our communities.  Read More

Saving money is important

The Coast2CoastRx Program prescription coupon card, endorsed by the City of Houston, can save your family up to 80% on brand name and generic drugs.

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More news, notes and reminders!

The Houston Health Department (HHD) works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services
benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extends into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region.

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