Welcome to the Houston / Harris County State of Health website — highlighting local public health data, statistics and trends

Nine Houston/Harris County health organizations have joined together to determine the most pertinent health indicators, and gathered and organized these measures into a format that we hope will be both interesting and informative.

The new edition of the State of Health contains:

  • Current measures available to evaluate the health in our community
  • Trends in key health measures to allow readers to evaluate changes in local health status and compare these measures to national goals
  • Resources for priority setting in preventing disease, promoting health and improving access to care
  • Health care information and websites for more detailed information
  • Summaries of key public health actions to address the identified issues
  • Information about access to medical care

The State of Health in Houston/Harris County Executive Summary: 2012

The Executive Summary was developed by a committee representative of multiple organizations with expertise in local community health indicators. The committee identified 14 of our community’s most concerning health indicators, which are the subject of this document. Each topic area provides an overview of the topic, a description of key indicators, and recommendations for action. In response to the growing awareness of obesity and chronic diseases as public health concerns, the document emphasizes these issues. The selected 14 health indicators include:

  1. Obesity in Youth
  2. Obesity in Adults
  3. Physical Activity
  4. Adolescent Pregnancy
  5. Prenatal Care
  6. Infant/Maternal Mortality
  7. Insurance Access
  8. Behavioral Health ER Access
  9. Air Quality
  10. Asthma
  11. Diabetes
  12. Cancer
  13. Heart Disease/Stroke
  14. Sexually Transmitted Diseases