Health Behaviors

Health Behaviors and Risk Factors Behavioral factors account for 40% or more of health-related deaths in the United States Lack of physical activity, obesity and food insecurity lead to a decreased quality of life, putting people at high risk of poor health. Why health behavior matters to Houston Health behavior refers to actions taken by …

Mental Health

Mental Health Mental health problems are very common in the Houston region, yet Texans continue to struggle in accessing mental health care Our region has seen a recent increase in mental distress frequency, drug use and suicides, exacerbating the existing mental health challenges across the Houston region. While the number of mental health care workers …

Health Care Access

Health Care Access Too few Houston-area residents are able to access affordable, high-quality health care consistently, contributing to poor health outcomes for a significant portion of our neighbors Uninsured rates in the three-county Houston region have steadily increased since 2016, while physician availability and preventable hospital stays have improved. Why access to health care matters …

Health

Understanding health in Houston How changing demographics and environment affect health service needs in Houston Good health is an essential component in quality of life and is linked with many positive outcomes, including a stronger local economy. However, social indicators show persistent health disparities in the region. As our region and population continues to grow, …

Funding, Enrollment & Teachers

Funding, Enrollment & Teachers A thriving public school system requires sufficient funding, robust student enrollment and effective teachers The COVID-19 pandemic upended student enrollment and had a significant effect on teachers just as HB3 increased funding to public schools.  Why school funding, enrollment, and teachers matter to Houston Public schools need students, teachers, and money. …

Post-secondary Education

Post-secondary Education The continued shift to a knowledge-based economy means the best opportunities for job prospects and upward mobility will require education and training beyond high school Rates of college readiness and enrollment in the region are stagnant or in decline, and not enough Houston-area students earn post-secondary credentials after high school. The effects of …

Academic Outcomes

Academic Outcomes How well students perform throughout elementary, middle and high school has profound effects on other important areas of their lives Academic outcomes for students in Houston’s three-county region have suffered since the pandemic, and they weren’t that great to begin with. Students of color and from low-income households have experienced the greatest disparities …

Educational Attainment

Educational Attainment An indicator correlated with many life outcomes, educational attainment profoundly affects individual and regional prosperity Though the average Houstonian today has more education than they did 10 years ago, significant disparities across race/ethnicity persist. Why educational attainment matters to Houston The benefits of obtaining an education beyond the 12 mandatory years extend not …

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted early childhood education in the region, prompting concerns about future academic readiness  After experiencing years of steady growth, early childhood education enrollment in Houston’s three-county region fell during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Why early childhood education matters to Houston Established research has found the period from birth to five …

Education

Understanding Education in Houston The benefits of an education extend not only to earnings, health and quality of life, but also to future generations and the collective well-being and economy of our region. The more education we have, the more we earn, we have greater job stability, are less likely to rely on public assistance, …