About TXHC

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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 heart disease and stroke in Texas. This planning group was brought together by the Heart Disease and Stroke Program at the Texas DSHS, and 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) accessible healthy food options, (2) physical activity areas and opportunities, (3) breastfeeding-friendly worksites, (4) school health programs, (5) worksite wellness programs, (6) comprehensive tobacco control, (7) cardiac and stroke response, (8) primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke in healthcare sites, and (9) healthy aging.  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

Koreena Villarreal, MEd, CHES
Team Lead - Texas Healthy Communities Program
Phone: 512.776.2050
Email: Koreena.Villarreal@dshs.texas.gov 

2018 Awardees-Texas Healthy Communities Recognition Program

2017 Awardees- Texas Healthy Communities Recognition Program

2016 Awardees- Texas Healthy Communities Recognition Program

2014 Awardees- Texas Healthy Communities Recognition Program


Last updated August 15, 2019