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The Third Ward Health Collaborative was formed through the collaboration of two Third Ward community development initiatives:

  • The Northern Third Ward Neighborhood Implementation Project

  • Third Ward Complete Communities – Health workgroup.

​The Collaborative responds directly to health data and findings pulled from a number of sources including but not limited to:


Based on assessments from the Neighborhood Comprehensive Needs Survey conducted by the Baker Institute and Sankofa Research Institute, the Northern Third Ward faces a host of health challenges, including but not limited to hypertension, diabetes, asthma, food insecurity, rent and utility instability, poor housing conditions, poor sidewalk infrastructure, and poor street lighting. Now’s the time to organize and pull together people and resources to take action in addressing our community’s health disparities. 


TWHC Past Events

Third Ward Health Summit 2.23.19

The Summit provided an opportunity for health organizations, individuals, advocates, and residents in addressing the health challenges of the Northern Third Ward community to connect and assess our collective strengths and define the direction and future programs of the Third Ward Health Collaborative. Summit Goals:

  • Gather data from attendees to compile an inventory of Third Ward health services and programs.

  • Gather a list of upcoming health-related events for the year from participants.

  • Inform participants of the health needs of the Northern Third Ward.

  • Share and brainstorm potential models and ideas to be implemented in the Third Ward community.

  • Kick off the Third Ward Health Collaborative.

Blodgett Urban Gardens SNAP Program Kickoff 9.7.19

The Third Ward Health Collaborative partnered with local community garden Blodgett Urban Garden and Urban Harvest to introduce the SNAP double up the program to the Third Ward Community.

The purpose of the project was to increase the likelihood that Third Ward residents could begin to enjoy a higher quality of life through eating fresh foods that have been shown to decrease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and other ailments that are at a higher rate than the national average in the community. The Double Up program allowed those who received SNAP benefits to receiving $40 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables for a $20 value.

The Third Ward Health Collaborative also provided health screenings for residents who attended the event.

Operation Love 12.14.19

On Saturday, December 14, 2019, the Families, Children, and Seniors Committee by way of the Third Ward Health Collaborative contributed a family and youth-focused health fair to the annual Operation Love event at Blackshear Elementary. There were over 300 attendees and 10 health vendor participants. Health vendors include Humana, Planned Parenthood, Legacy Health, Lone Star Circle of Care, Urban Harvest, Blodgett Urban Gardens, LINK Houston, and others, offering speech and language screenings, functional movement screenings, and various health-related education information. Event programming also included free haircuts, nail spa, bookmobile truck, child identification cards, and children’s museum activities.
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