Healthy Outdoor Communities

Healthy Outdoor Communities

Parks and green spaces are an integral tool in maintaining good health and well being and act as anchors for safer and more cohesive communities. Healthy Outdoor Communities (HOC) initiative is a collaborative approach to improve mental well being and combat health disparities in areas of need in Houston. By working together with schools, nonprofits, government agencies, and the community members, we are able to offer programmatic solutions to systemic barriers to park access and health inequities in our focus areas of Acres Homes and Third Ward.

In 2019, Houston Parks Board was recognized as a Communities of Care grantee, a grant program of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, which supports the Healthy Outdoor Communities initiative. Over the course of five years, Houston Parks Board will be working with Nature and Eclectic Outdoors, Texas A&M School of Public Health, local outdoor and health nonprofits, and community members in Acres Homes and Third Ward, to improve the well being and resiliency of communities.

We encourage all members of our communities of focus to participate, share feedback, and support planning and programming. Learn more about Healthy Outdoor Communities and how you can join here .

Questions? Please contact [email protected]

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