Poor health outcomes exist disproportionately across the Harris County community and are influenced by unequal distribution of opportunity for good health.
Zip code is a better predictor of health than one’s genetic code. The gravity of this fact is unmistakably felt when one realized that neighbors who live 20 minutes apart could expect to live 20 years less.
“ We need to start talking about health, not just health care, and invest in the things that improve health outcomes, which generally are outside of health care.”
- Elena Marks, President and CEO, Episcopal Health Foundation
“What will the ‘H’ represent in 10 years? Much more than ‘Hospital.’ People should see it and think of ‘Health.’…..Our focus should be on determinants of health, not just health care or hospital care.”
- American Hospital Association
“The ultimate goal is improve health and improving healthcare is one a small piece of that.”
- Dr. Stephan J. Spann, Founding Dean, University of Houston College of Medicine
“It is vital to have local solutions to local problems….we have some innovative thinking here that can create new ways to tackle some of our challenges.”
-Dr. Chad Lemaire, Legacy Community Health, Doctors for Change