By Healthy Women Houston
May 6, 2020
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.
As a local nonprofit health plan, Community Health Choice gives you plenty of reasons to join our community, from the benefits and special programs we offer to the how the Member Services team helps you make the most of them. Community is always working life forward for you and your family. Our members are our friends and neighbors. Community is truly pleased to connect you to the best, most affordable health care and resources – not just when you’re sick but to make sure you stay healthy as well. We’re all in this life together.
The Council on Recovery is Houston’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization providing prevention, education, treatment, and recovery services to all who are adversely affected by alcoholism, drug abuse, other addictions, and co-occurring mental health disorders. Founded in 1946, the Council is the leading provider of support, information, and outpatient treatment for substance use disorders in Houston and works to keep our community healthy, productive, and safe. The Council on Recovery has a long history of serving as a community linkage and navigation system, for providing out of the box community based programs and services, and stands firm on meeting people exactly where they are. The health of women before pregnancy can be compromised by multiple unmanaged and untreated health problems. Left untreated, these conditions can be the source of severe complications at childbirth or after delivery, threatening the lives of women. Based on data from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey for Harris County, substance use, depression, and other mental health issues play a weighty and significant role in compromising the woman’s health.
The Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council works to increase community collaboration in order to maximize resources to reduce and prevent domestic violence in Harris County. The Council was formed to formalize working relationships to secure the best services possible for victims and is guided by charity, safety, honesty, respect. The holiday season can add to the stresses of a woman’s already busy life. The Council provides a compilation of resources available in Harris County. Often friends and family are the first people that victims turn to in their time of crisis. Know that you are not alone, and there is help available. Advocates at the National Domestic Violence Hotline are available 24/7 at 800.799.7233 and speak more than 200 languages. All calls are free and confidential.
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.
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration, and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs. The Meals for Moms program, modeled after the Meals on Wheels program for seniors, brings healthy, nutritious meals to at-risk mothers in the immediate weeks after childbirth, to ensure proper nutrition and a daily visit. Healthy Women Houston members can contact their community care coordinator for more information about Meals for Moms.
Memorial Hermann Health System is redefining health care for the individuals and many diverse populations it serves. With a vision of creating healthier communities, now and for generations to come, the Memorial Hermann Southwest and Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center hospitals offer Healthy Women Houston members a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach that delivers safe, comprehensive, quality care to women of all ages. The labor and delivery service uses evidence-based standards of maternity care and coordinates its hospital services with the outpatient services available at the federally qualified health clinic. Certified registered nurses work with some of the nation’s best doctors to ensure that every woman served has a memorable, positive childbirth experience.
For more information about Healthy Women Houston or to refer a pregnant woman, please visit www.healthywomenhouston.org.