Prairie View A&M, Houston team up to tackle health disparities in 10 underserved communities
Prairie View A&M University has partnered with Houston to close health and wellness gaps in 10 city communities.
The Healthy Houston Initiative will use a $750,000 grant from the Texas A&M University System to provide programming on finances, nutrition and food insecurity, public health and mental health and wellness for some of the city’s underserved communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified many of the gaps faced by the targeted communities, which are Alief-Westwood, Acres Homes, Fort Bend, Gulfton, Kashmere Gardens, Magnolia Park-Manchester, Near Northside, Second and Third Wards, and Sunnyside, according to officials.
“These 10 communities were selected because they have not reached their full potential due to historical private and public under-investment. However, these communities have great strengths, opportunities and partners working to improve these communities,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said at the Monday press conference announcing the initiative.
Prairie View A&M University has partnered with the city of Houston to bring resources to 10 Houston communities with the goal of closing health and wellness gaps, many that have amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic.