Local Community Leaders & Influencers:

  • John Hellerstedt, MD – Commissioner of Health
    • (512) 776-7363
  • Carlos Plasencia, MD, MSPH – Regional Medical Director
    • (713) 767-3000
  • Greta Etnyre, MS, RD, REHS/RS — Deputy Regional Director
  • Houston Health Department: General Information
    • (832) 393-5169
  • Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH – Harris County Public Health; Executive Director
  • Houston City Council:
    • District A: Brenda Stardig— 832-393-3010
    • District B: Jerry Davis – 832-393-3009
    • District C: Ellen Cohen— 832-393-3004
    • District D: Dwight Boykins—832-393-3001
    • District E:  Dave Martin—832-393-3008
    • District F: Steve Le—832-393-3002
    • District G: Greg Travis—832-393-3007
    • District H: Karla Cisneros—832-393-3003
    • District I: Robert Gallegos—832-393-3011
    • District J: Mike Laster—832-393-3015
    • District k: Martha Castex-Tatum —832-393-3016
    • At-Large 1: Mike Knox—832-393-3014
    • At-Large 2: David Robinson—832-393-3013
    • At-Large 3: Michael Kubosh—832-393-3005
    • At-Large 4: Amanda Edwards—832-393-3012
    • At-Large 5: Jack Christie—832-393-3017

Cancer

  • In 2016, there were a reported 7,707 cases of cancer in men in Harris County, Texas.
  • Age-adjusted rate: 414.1/per 100,000 (0.414%) compared to Texas’ 429.9 (0.429%)

Prostate Cancer

  • In 2016, there were a reported 1841 cases of prostate cancer in Harris County, Texas.
  • This is an age-adjusted rate of 94/per 100,000 (0.094%) compared to Texas’ 89.2 (0.089%)

Testicular Cancer

  • In 2016, there were a reported 107 cases of testicular cancer in Harris County, Texas.
  • Age-adjusted rate: 4.4/per 100,000 (0.004%) compared to Texas’ 5.0 (0.005%)
  • Resources:
    • B.I.G Love Cancer Care: a nonprofit, volunteer based organization committed to providing basic necessities and personalized care for cancer kids and their families
      • www.biglovecancercare.org

Heart Disease

  • From 2014-2016, Harris County recorded a 208.9 heart disease death rate/per 100,000 in men (0.208%).

Stroke

  • Resources:
    • Houston Methodist: top ranked hospital in Houston for Cardiology & Heart Surgery by US News & World Report.
      • (832) 667-5694

Diabetes

  • Resources:
    • Houston Methodist Diabetes Associates: assess patients for diabetes prevention and/or complications to create an individualized treatment plan.
      • Estephanie Olivares, HHS Program Coordinator: (713) 441-4451

Pre-Diabetes

*Suicide

  • In 2017, 2,924 men in Texas committed suicide. (Population: 10,930,317)
  • Age-adjusted death rate: 26.90/per 100,000 (0.0269%)
  • Resources:
    • Mental Health America of Greater Houston— focused on shaping mental health of people
      • (713) 523-8963
    • Crisis Intervention— helping people in crisis. Provides suicide prevention counseling
      • (832) 416-1177

*Obesity

  • Resources:
    • Obesity Prevention Program
      • (512) 776-7111

*state statistics