Mental Health America of Greater Houston: Women’s Mental Health Program

Current data suggests that one- out of-seven new mothers suffers from a postpartum mood disorder. We know a mother’s health directly correlates to her child’s health, making it imperative to aid this population as quickly and effectively as possible. MHA GH is actively participating in local work groups on women’s maternal health initiatives. We are all working together as we try to determine best practices for patient communications. We work with providers – particularly pediatricians, as they are the ones who see mom most often – to screen for postpartum mood disorders and encourage mothers to reach out earlier if they need help. read more…

First3Years: Early Relational Health Between Mom and Baby

The extent to which early relational health is supported and strengthened influences children’s overall development as well as mother’s health. First3Years, a state-wide nonprofit, seeks to promote early relational health during the first three years of life, which serves as the foundation for all learning and well-being, including school readiness, physical health and development, and social emotional regulation. read more…

Meet the Healthy Women Houston Collaborative Partners

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. read more…

Houston Food Bank’s Food Rx Program

Maternal health in Harris County does not happen in a void. It occurs over time with healthy habits and healthy environments. Specifically, access to healthy foods plays a huge role in determining diet-related chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, and even cancer. The Houston Food Bank has been committed to targeting nutrition as a key health determining factor for years. read more…

Organizations Try to Fight COVID-19 in African American Communities

More Blacks are believed to be getting or dying from COVID-19 in certain areas due to underlying health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure. Plus, “Not having the same access to healthcare. There’s also concern of whether or not there’s bias in the healthcare they’re receiving. When they complain of symptoms are they being heard?” asks Houston Ob/Gyn Dr. Carla Ortique who is the Co-Chair of the Improving Maternal Health Steering Committee. read more…

Tips for Offering Support to a Postpartum Mom

Welcoming a new baby is such a special time. For a mom, the postpartum period is precious as she adjusts to her family’s newest addition. This time is also referred to as the fourth trimester, which includes the first three months of the new baby’s life. read more …

My Prenatal Promise Campaign

In February, the City of Houston’s Health Department launched My Prenatal Promise, emphasizing the importance of prenatal care, syphilis testing for expectant mothers. Amid sharp increases of congenital syphilis, the campaign promotes education, testing, prevention and treatment. read more …

Event: It’s Not Fine: Collaborating to Address Black Maternal Health

Please join March of Dimes, the IMPACT Collaborative, and the Improving Maternal Health initiative as we bring together local experts on how we can all work together to improve maternal health outcomes for African American women. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to see that black women and their families are disproportionately affected by health disparities across the country. read more…

The Latest on COVID-19

COVID-19 is a new disease, and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that has spread to the U.S. and around the world. read more…