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Stakeholder Dialogue on Diabetes

The effect from diabetes on urban communities is substantial, and diabetes is a significant driver of chronic disease and health care costs in Houston and Harris County. One in ten people in Houston and Harris County have diabetes, thousands more are at risk,1 and by 2020, it is predicted to impact close to 600,000 Houstonians.2 The American Diabetes Association estimates that annual per capita health care expenditure is 2.3 times higher for people with diabetes than for those without diabetes.3

We need to take action now.  Join us for a Community Dialogue on May 14.

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Join us for our Quarterly Membership Meeting

Join us for our Quarterly Membership Meeting on Thursday, May 14th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the United Way of Greater Houston.

This upcoming meeting we will have speakers from across the healthcare community in Harris County discussing various initiatives they are leading to improve the system in Harris County. These leaders will also be sharing how Alliance Members and Friends can join in their good work.

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2015 Legislative Policy Priorities

The Alliance and its member organizations are working in close collaboration with One Voice Texas, our partner organization in advocacy and community engagement, on the comprehensive list of issues and concerns important to our region. More specifically, HCHA is actively communicating with our elected officials on the following high-level policy priorities.

Improve access to healthcare through innovative funding and coverage initiatives by:

  • Supporting efforts to provide health coverage to the over one million uninsured Harris County residents who could be eligible for coverage under federal law,
  • Defend federal and state spending on Medicaid/CHIP for currently covered populations (including extending CHIP Reauthorization at the federal level), and
  • Encourage continuation of the Texas Medicaid 1115 Transformation and Quality Improvement Waiver.
  • Read more: 2015 Legislative Policy Priorities

State of Health Report 2015-2016

State of Health Report 2015-2016

On February 18th, over 150 community members gathered to hear local health experts discuss the findings of the 2015-2016 State of Heatlh Report.  The event provided an opportunity to discuss both the challenges and opportunities Harris County faces to improve the health of our area.

The full report is available to veiwed and downloaded at

Read more: State of Health Report 2015-2016

First Friday: Healthcare Response to Homelessness


Join us in discussing ways that homelessness impacts healthcare delivery in Harris County.  Kara Hill, Executive Director of Christ Clinic, will be moderating a panel including Dr. Allison from the Houston VA, Mandy Champan Semple from the Mayor's Office for Homeless Inititiatives and Frances Isbell, CEO of Healthcare for the Homeless - Houston.

Read more: First Friday: Healthcare Response to Homelessness

First Friday: Legislative Advocacy

First Friday Legislative Advocacy a Success

There was an excellent turnout for our January First Friday on the topic of Legislative Advocacy.  Tim Schauer, Policy Advisor for the Harris County Healthcare Alliance, provided an informative and engaging presentation on the legislative agenda for the Alliance.  As the 84th Texas State Legislature begins to start its work, stay engaged with us on our website, follow us on Twitter (@HCHAlliance), and like us on Facebook.  We will be providing updates through these various channels to inform our members on how to remain educated and involved as our elected leaders begin making decisions that will impact healthcare in Houston and Harris County.

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