About Texas Healthy Communities

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About Texas Healthy Communities

The TXHC Program (formerly Heart and Stroke Healthy City (HSHS)) was developed in 2003 under the leadership of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section (HPCDPS) of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke with the help of a group of public and private organizations dedicated to reducing the burden of chronic disease in Texas. This planning group included representatives from health care, business, and school settings. The program evolved as experts on heart disease, stroke, and related risk factors (diabetes, obesity, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, smoking, high blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol) continued to lend their expertise and recommendations for creating a program that is evidenced-based and has practical applications for community and policy change.

How to participate

Communities that wish to be named a Texas Healthy Community are assessed on eight priority commu­nity-based policy, systems, and environmental change indicators vital to reducing the burden of chronic disease. These include indicators such as (1) physical activity areas and opportunities, (2) healthy food access, (3) worksite wellness programs, (4) environmental health (5) access to quality healthcare, (6) healthy aging, (7) mental health, and (8) emergency preparedness. Communities are assigned a recognition level (honorable mention, bronze, silver, gold) based on the results of the TXHC assessment.

For more information about the Texas Healthy Communities Program

Nneka Shoulds, MS, MCHES
Team Lead - Texas Healthy Communities Program
Phone: 512.776.2050
Email: Nneka.Shoulds@dshs.texas.gov