Press Releases

Name Your Adoption Fee!

07 Jun, 24

Summer has arrived, bringing a surplus of unhoused puppies and kittens. Many of these animals are being brought to Harris County Pets (HCP), which is already overcrowded with homeless dogs and cats, surpassing its capacity. To encourage community members to adopt, HCP has initiated a promotion called “Name Your Adoption Fee!” until the end of June 2024.

June is Men's Health Month: HCPH Encourages Men to Prioritize Their Health

05 Jun, 24

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is joining the national observance of Men's Health Month this June by urging men of all ages to take charge of their well-being.

Wellness on Wheels Mobile Health Event Offers Affordable Health Services and Family Fun

04 Jun, 24

The Wellness on Wheels Mobile Health Event is set to roll into the Sunnyside Health and Multi-Service Center on Saturday, June 8, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event, hosted by Harris County Public Health (HCPH) in partnership with the Houston Health Department and Harris County Precinct 1, promises a day of affordable health services and free entertainment for the whole family.

Protect Your Lungs – Say NO to Tobacco and Vaping!

31 May, 24

Today is World No Tobacco Day. Harris County Public Health (HCPH) joins the global movement led by the World Health Organization (WHO) to spotlight the tobacco industry's harmful practices. This year's theme, #TobaccoExposed, encourages young people around the world to fight for better protection against the tobacco industry's sneaky advertising methods.

Hurricane Season Preparedness: Secure Your Home and Family for the Season Ahead

30 May, 24

Hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30. It's important for those living in the Houston area to prepare now. Taking action early can help protect ourselves and our loved ones from potential risks during the season.

During big storms or hurricanes, residents might go without important services like electricity, water, gas, phone, and internet for several days. Flooding could also block roads, making it hard to get food or medicine. It's important to plan ahead, especially for those with health or medical needs, to handle these situations.

First West Nile Virus Mosquito Sample of 2024 Found in Harris County

22 May, 24

Harris County Public Health’s (HCPH) Mosquito and Vector Control Division (MVCD) has confirmed that a Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito sample has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in Harris County.

After the Storm Clean-up and Health-Safety Tips: Hidden dangers include safety hazards and bacteria that may cause diseases

17 May, 24

Last night's sudden storm was devastating for many Harris County residents. As people move into recovery mode, please remember to take precautionary measures to stay healthy and avoid injury and illness. Be aware of things that can pose health and safety risks.

Harris County Pets has many dogs and cats for adoption during National Pet Month: Thanks to Bissell’s Pets Foundation, adoption fees are waived until May 15

10 May, 24

Spring and summer bring many great things, including homeless dogs, cats, or unwanted puppies and kittens. Many are being brought to Harris County Pets (HCP), pushing the shelter past its capacity. During National Pet Month, HCP needs people to adopt or foster and rescue groups to help us in our effort to provide forever-loving homes for adoptable pets. Thanks to the generosity of the Bissell Pets Foundation, adoption fees are waived until May 15.

Empowering AAPI Communities: A Focus on Health and Heritage

03 May, 24

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is proud to celebrate May as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. This month, we honor the rich history, culture, and contributions of the AAPI community in Harris County and beyond while also highlighting critical public health issues affecting these diverse populations.

Promoting Wellness and Resilience: Mental Health Matters

02 May, 24

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is proud to join the national movement to raise awareness about mental health and well-being in observance of May as Mental Health Month. This year's theme, "Promoting Wellness and Resilience," emphasizes the importance of mental health as a critical component of overall health and encourages individuals to prioritize self-care and seek support when needed. The Behavioral Health Program and Maternal Mental Health Program at HCPH work to increase access to mental health services for Harris County’s residents in need of support.

Harris County Public Health Encourages Water Safety Awareness During National Water Safety Month

01 May, 24

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) reminds residents of the importance of water safety as we approach summer and families head outdoors for recreational activities. May is National Water Safety Month, and HCPH is committed to educating the community and promoting awareness to prevent drownings.

Harris County Public Health Receives a $5 Million Grant to Improve Maternal and Infant Health from the Health Resources and Services Administration

30 Apr, 24

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced Harris County Public Health (HCPH) was awarded a five-year grant totaling approximately $5 million to improve maternal and infant health through its Healthy Start Program.

Harris County Public Health Releases the 2024 Vector-Borne Disease Report

30 Apr, 24

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) announces the release of its 2024 VectorBorne Disease report, providing valuable information on vector-borne disease trends and prevention strategies in Harris County.

Harris County Public Health Releases Foodborne Illnesses Report

26 Apr, 24

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) announces the release of its Foodborne Illness Report, providing valuable information on foodborne illness trends and prevention strategies in Harris County.

The report aims to inform county leadership, stakeholders, health and medical partners, and the community about the burden of foodborne illnesses in Harris County. By comparing the top five most reported foodborne illnesses in Harris County between 2017 and 2022 with national and state data, the report sheds light on areas of concern and identifies key demographics at risk.

Today is World Malaria Day - Zero Malaria Starts with Us! Malaria Infects Approximately 2,000 Americans Each Year

25 Apr, 24

Every year, April 25th marks World Malaria Day – a day to recognize the global efforts to combat one of the world's deadliest diseases. Malaria is a serious disease caused by a parasite transmitted to humans through mosquito bites. With rising temperatures and mosquito season upon us, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) wants to encourage residents to take precautions.

Vaccines Save Lives: Celebrating World Immunization Week 2024

24 Apr, 24

As World Immunization Week approaches (April 24-30, 2024), Harris County Public Health (HCPH) joins the global community in highlighting the importance of vaccination, to protect people of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Birthing a Brighter Future: Introducing the Harris County Maternal Health Bill of Rights

17 Apr, 24

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is excited to announce the launch of the Harris County Maternal Health Bill of Rights (MHBoR), an essential resource for community members and healthcare providers. Every family deserves a safe and joyful experience during their journey of parenthood. However, this is not always the case, as some birthing persons face the most devastating outcomes.

Beat the Bite! HCPH Reminds Residents Mosquito Season is Here

16 Apr, 24

With temperatures rising, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) reminds residents that mosquito season is upon us. While mosquitoes are present year-round, their peak activity coincides with warmer weather, typically from May through October. This increases the chance of mosquito-borne disease transmission.

Empowering Change: Addressing Disparities in Black Maternal Health

11 Apr, 24

Black Maternal Health Week, led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, is observed annually from April 11-17. This observance seeks to shed light on the challenges encountered by Black birthing persons and new parents, who are disproportionately affected by racial inequities and a lack of access to resources.

National Dog Bite Prevention Week Advocates for Responsible Pet Ownership

09 Apr, 24

As we kick off National Dog Bite Prevention Week (April 9 – 15), Harris County Public Health’s (HCPH) Veterinary Public Health Division (VPH) reminds residents of important bite prevention methods and local leash laws in Harris County.

HCPH Celebrates National Public Health Week, April 1-7

01 Apr, 24

National Public Health Week (NPHW) is an annual celebration that takes place the first week of April. It is celebrated around the country and recognizes public health workers, programs, departments, and the impacts they have in each community.

Protect Your Future: STI Awareness Month Advocates for Safer Health Practices

01 Apr, 24

April is Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Awareness Month and Harris County Public Health (HCPH) joins forces with agencies across the country to highlight this public health concern, especially among young people.

Harris County Public Health Releases 2023 Annual Report

26 Mar, 24

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is pleased to announce the publication of its 2023 annual report, highlighting the department's achievements and ongoing commitment to protecting health, preventing disease and injury, and promoting the well-being of all Harris County residents.

Uplift Harris Guaranteed Income Pilot Announces Award Notifications Starting Today

18 Mar, 24

Harris County is pleased to announce that starting today, March 18, through March 22, all Uplift Harris Guaranteed Income Pilot applicants will receive notification of their selection status for the program.

Harris County Public Health Raises Awareness for World Tuberculosis Day on March 24

18 Mar, 24

In recognizing World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is calling attention to this persistent global health threat and the importance of early detection, treatment, and prevention.

Wellness on Wheels Mobile Health Event Offers Affordable Health Services and Family Fun

05 Mar, 24

The Wellness on Wheels Mobile Health Event is set to roll into the Deputy Darren Almendarez Community Center on Saturday, March 9, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event, hosted by Harris County Public Health (HCPH), promises a day of affordable health services and free entertainment for the whole family

Harris County Public Health Needs Your Voice: Participate in a Community Health Survey

04 Mar, 24

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is asking all county residents aged 18 and over to share their insights in a community health survey, which runs now through April 12. Participants can choose to be entered into a drawing to receive grocery gift cards. The drawing will give away 20 $100 grocery gift cards following the survey period.

Nutritious Food is the Fuel that Keeps Our Bodies Running

01 Mar, 24

March is National Nutrition Month® and Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is emphasizing the importance of making healthy food choices and developing physical activity habits for a healthier life.

Uplift Harris Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Closes Highly Successful Application Period

16 Feb, 24

The Uplift Harris Guaranteed Income Pilot Program, a transformative initiative offering $500 monthly payments to eligible residents in need, closed its application process on Feb. 2, receiving an overwhelming response of over 82,500 applications.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

06 Feb, 24

February is recognized across the United States as National Children’s Dental Health Month. Harris County Public Health (HCPH) works to ensure community members know the benefits of good oral health for children, their caregivers, teachers, and others.

Happy, Healthy Hearts – Move More, Eat Healthy, and Get Screened!

02 Feb, 24

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States and Harris County. Every 33 seconds, someone in the U.S. loses their life to cardiovascular disease. In 2021, approximately 695,000 people died due to heart disease; however, there are many ways to reduce the risk of heart disease. February is American Heart Month, and Harris County Public Health (HCPH) wants to remind residents about the significance of caring for their hearts.

Harris County Pets to Offer Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Events During National Observances in February

01 Feb, 24

Harris County Pets Resource Center (HCP), the open-admission animal shelter for unincorporated Harris County, will offer five low-cost spay and neuter events in February in observance of Spay and Neuter Awareness Month and Responsible Pet Owners Month.

Last days to apply for Uplift Harris Guaranteed Income Pilot program

31 Jan, 24

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) reminds residents that there are few days left to apply for the Uplift Harris Guaranteed Income Pilot program, a groundbreaking initiative providing financial assistance to eligible residents.

Final week to apply for Uplift Harris Guaranteed Income Pilot program

26 Jan, 24

The deadline to submit online applications for Uplift Harris is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2; applications are not chosen on a first-come, first-served basis but are randomly selected.

Access in Crisis - Maternal Health Awareness Day Shines a Spotlight on Critical Issues

22 Jan, 24

Maternal health is a critical issue that requires urgent attention in Harris County. In recognition of Maternal Health Awareness Day, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) will participate nationwide to raise awareness, promote education, and advocate for improved maternal care by hosting a virtual webinar for the Harris County community.

Uplift Harris Guaranteed Income Pilot Celebrates Successful Launch

15 Jan, 24

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has received over 48,000 applications during the first three
days of the Uplift Harris Guaranteed Income Pilot program application window. As we honor the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, HCPH takes pride in representing his values, fueled by the enthusiastic response from our community for Uplift Harris.

Uplift Harris Guaranteed Income Pilot Application Opens Tomorrow at 9 a.m.

11 Jan, 24

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is excited to launch Uplift Harris, the guaranteed income pilot program tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 12, at 9 a.m.

UPDATE: Harris County to Open Applications for Uplift Harris Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Friday, January 12

09 Jan, 24

The updated application period for the Uplift Harris Guaranteed Income Program begins this Friday, January 12, and closes on Friday, February 2. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis; the program is NOT first come, first served.

Application Launch Date Delayed for Uplift Harris, a Guaranteed Income Pilot Program

08 Jan, 24

The application for Uplift Harris, a guaranteed income pilot program, initially scheduled
to launch today at 9 a.m., has now been delayed. The application launch is being delayed because Harris
County Commissioners Court will discuss and take possible action on program details this Tuesday,
January 9. Information on the new application launch date will be announced later this week.

Cervical Cancer Can be Prevented with Screening and Education

03 Jan, 24

Cervical Cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer deaths for women in the United States. Harris County Public Health (HCPH) wants to ensure community members get informed, screened, and vaccinated.

Harris County Launches Uplift Harris website for community members to learn about the Guaranteed Income Pilot Program opening in January 2024

15 Dec, 23

Starting in January 2024, Harris County will launch Uplift Harris, a pilot program providing guaranteed income through cash assistance to low-income households who live in select ZIP codes. Community members can begin learning about the program now by going to the newly launched website to sign up for notifications. Application for the program opens on January 8 and ends on January 26.

Harris County Public Health Launches Newly Revamped Website

13 Dec, 23

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is proud to announce the launch of its newly revamped website, hcphtx.org, designed to serve the community better and promote health equity.

Light Up with Holiday Decorations Safely and Responsibly!

12 Dec, 23

Decorating your living space can be a fun way to show your holiday spirit and enjoy the holiday season. Harris County Public Health (HCPH) encourages community members to consider these holiday decorating and fire safety tips to ensure you and your loved ones decorate and celebrate responsibly.

Re-Entry Hiring Event Today! Targeting individuals who have been impacted by the justice system and seek a fresh start

07 Dec, 23

Harris County Public Health Releases Inaugural Health Disparities Annual Report

14 Sep, 23

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) released its inaugural Health Disparities Annual Report, a comprehensive assessment of health services provided by HCPH from 2018 to 2023, broken down by race and ethnicity.

September is Sexual Health Awareness Month – Take Charge of Your Sexual Health!

12 Sep, 23

September is Sexual Health Awareness Month, a crucial initiative to raise awareness about the significance of sexual health and well-being.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – Get Screened!

06 Sep, 23

As September marks Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) wants to raise awareness about prevention to reduce the impact of this prevalent disease.

Houston Public Media

15 Aug, 23

Harris County COVID-19 hospitalizations tick up as new subvariant begins to spread

Beat the Heat: Harris County Public Health Urges Residents to Stay Cool and Safe This Summer

As summer quickly approaches and temperatures rise, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) reminds residents to take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses.

Wellness on Wheels Mobile Health Event Offers Affordable Health Services and Family Fun

The Wellness on Wheels Mobile Health Event is set to roll into the Deputy Darren
Almendarez Community Center on Saturday, March 9, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event, hosted
by Harris County Public Health (HCPH), promises a day of affordable health services and free
entertainment for the whole family.

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