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About Population Health Transformation

Harris Health System interviewed hundreds of patients to assess the barriers that make it difficult for so many to live a healthy life. What we’ve learned from research, and was confirmed by our own patients, is that conditions in places where people live, learn, work and play can be far more influential to a person’s health than medical care. We’ve also learned that social determinants of health can vary from place to place.

That is why Harris Health is leading the way in our community by investing in resources and partnerships to better understand and address these health-related social needs. We’re using what we’ve learned from our patients to design and implement a transformative model of care, one that cultivates nurturing relationships with our patients, and partners with community organizations to improve our patients’ total well-being.

We are providing meaningful solutions and support to help our patients achieve healthier outcomes and a better quality of life.

Our Strategy 
​​​Our Path Forward: Community Health Hubs

Harris Health has embarked on a three-part strategy to improve our population’s health. We’re working to evolve our system of hospitals and outpatient health centers into more integrated health hubs where we will not only offer comprehensive clinical services but also share access to partner resources onsite and through well-established community referrals, all based on the most profound needs in each community. Our initial focus in 2019-20 will be on three familiar themes across our population: food insecurity, housing and utility assistance and exercise.

We gratefully acknowledge the collaborative spirit and committed support of valuable community partners, including the UTHealth School of Public Health, Houston Food Bank, the Harris County Community Services Department, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Texas Medical Center, who are enthusiastically joining us on this ambitious journey.