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City Does Health Needs Survey

The Houston Health Department is doing another of its neighborhood surveys of health needs and health-related issues — this one in an area just north of downtown. Houston Public Radio’s Jim Bell explains. Click to Listen The Health Department has about 200 of its own employees and some community volunteers literally walking the blocks and […]

The Houston Health Department is doing another of its neighborhood surveys of health needs and health-related issues — this one in an area just north of downtown. Houston Public Radio’s Jim Bell explains.

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The Health Department has about 200 of its own employees and some community volunteers literally walking the blocks and knocking on doors in the Independence Heights area — an old neighborhood north of the Loop 610, west of I-45, and east of Shepherd. Department spokeswoman Cathy Barton:

“What we do is go out and go door to door to provide the residents with some information that they may not be aware of, and then we follow up with a more scientific survey of the health conditions of the people that live in these homes.”

Barton says the survey teams will be in Independence Heights through Friday. She adds that even in today’s high-tech world, there’s no substitute for meeting people face to face.

“Absolutely, and I think a lot of us, in a lot of aspects of government, wait for the people to come to us, at our health centers or our multi-service centers, but sometimes that’s just not sufficient. We need to go out and interact with them and help them get some of the services that they are entitled to.”

Barton says the survey teams are referring people to the right city department that can help them with their particular issues, and giving out packets of information on the full array of city services available to them.  The department has done this same assessment walking tour in several other neighborhoods, and is gradually working its way around the entire city.  Jim Bell, Houston Public Radio News.

 

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