The Harris County BUILD Health Collaborative is:
- Launching a new food system in north Pasadena that is healthy, sustainable, affordable, accessible, and community-supported .
- Using evidence-based food production, distribution, and consumption interventions.
- Developing a long-term strategic and financial plan to reignite business development.
- Houston Food Bank
- Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services
- The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
In partnership with:
- CHI St. Luke’s Health
- Memorial Hermann Health System
- Pasadena Health Center
- City of Pasadena
- Brighter Bites
- CAN DO Houston
- Neighborhood Center Inc.
- The University of Texas School of Public Health
Obstacles to Health and Identified Health Challenges
- Food insecurity; i.e. lack of access to healthy foods
- Economic and educational vulnerability
The Harris County BUILD Health Collaborative focuses on the northern zip codes of Pasadena, Texas. The north Pasadena community is experiencing a higher rate of poverty, lower educational attainment, more linguistic isolation, and higher levels of food insecurity than the surrounding region. It also has the highest level of children who are overweight or obese in Harris County.
The Harris County BUILD Health Partnership plans to address these issues by launching a complete food system using models, programs, and policies shown by evidence to improve access to local fresh produce and reduce BMI while also closing the gap in upstream factors of food insecurity and workforce and educational opportunity.
The partnership’s vision is Nutrition Equity in north Pasadena, and its mission is to “eliminate the conditions that cause food insecurity in north Pasadena.” Its goals are to:
- Produce a sustainable, publicly accessible source of healthy food in the form of north Pasadena’s first Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and research campus;
- Expand a local network of innovative healthy food suppliers and distributors in north Pasadena (e.g., corner stores, non-franchise restaurants, and school-based food co-ops); and
- Launch the community-clinical linkage initiatives of a Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Policy (FVRx), Food FARMacies, and a Food Scholarship Program that help residents access food and make healthy choices.
The partnership’s long-term plan and financial strategy includes establishing a tax-advantaged designation for the neighborhood surrounding the CSA in order to reignite business development, helping reverse the factors that led to economic vulnerability and poor health from the beginning.
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