our programs

  • The Basics Houston

    The Basics Houston is an affiliate of the Basics Learning Network, a nationally-recognized initiative, a collective movement to support early learning and development, offering free resources that give all Houstonians a great start to life.


    The Houston Health Department launched The Basics Houston to improve the number of children in Houston who have a healthy start to and quality of life. We bring a public health perspective to encourage enriched childhood brain development during the early stages of life. We focus on family and community— from parents and caregivers to community support systems outside of the home — while incorporating the latest research to identify disparities and implement innovative solutions.  Go to project page.

  • Join in the Program's efforts to provide education to healthcare providers, treatment to victims and survivors and research to inform clinical care and public policy. Learn more.

  • The Community Food Security Initiative has raised a total of 72 garden beds which have produced over 27,000 of produce and services 12 communities through our Multi-Service Centers. Go to program.

  • Community Re-Entry Network Program

    The Community Re-Entry Network Program is a program of the Houston Health Department. Our caring, multi-disciplinary staff is committed to addressing the needs of the “whole” person with innovative, evidence-based programming and linkage to services designed to meet the needs of formerly incarcerated persons, and interrupting the cycle of recidivism. Got to program.

  • The Diabetes Awareness and Wellness Network (DAWN) Center provides free diabetes self-management education and many other health related services to Houstonians in order to reduce and prevent chronic disease. Get details.

  • Harris County Area Agency on Aging

    The Harris County Area Agency on Aging is part of a nationwide network of agencies coordinating supporting services for adults 60 years or older and their caregivers. Learn more.

  • Houston Peace is a comprehensive strategic plan for preventing youth violence with a vision that youth in Houston are safe, healthy, and have hope for the future.  Learn more.

  • We create opportunities to collaborate with over 300 agencies across Houston, working together since 2010 to aid those in our community affected by substance misuse. Go to program page.

  • A movement to improve outcomes and reduce opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color. Learn more.

  • Project Saving Smiles reduces the prevalence of tooth decay in underserved children and remove barriers to learning. Visit project page.

  • The See to Succeed initiative aims to improve vision and vision related health, education and social factors by performing annual vision exams and providing eye wear. Get details.