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State Of Health in Harris County: Heart Disease, Obesity Among Top Concerns

Many of the top health issues facing Harris County residents are preventable conditions.


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According to the report, chronic conditions like diabetes, obesity and heart disease are among the top health concerns. Dr. Umair Shah is the director of Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services. He wants to increase awareness efforts.

“We want to make sure that there’s attention given to those because they’re not as sexy, right?” says Shah. “They’re not as exciting out there, and so it’s really the bread and butter of what public health and really our healthcare community come together on.”

This year’s enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act has just ended. More Harris County residents are expected to have access to care, but Shah says that’s just one component of building healthy communities.

Stephen Williams is director of the Houston Department of Health and Human Services. He says chronic diseases like obesity can sometimes go overlooked.

“That’s something that we haven’t paid a lot of attention to, so I would probably want to focus on those areas,” Williams says.

Williams says he wants to invest in resources like community gardens and hike and bike trails across Greater Houston. He hopes it’ll encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles.  


State Of Health in Harris County Report


Houston and Harris County State of Health 2015 2016 (PDF)

Houston and Harris County State of Health 2015 2016 (Text)

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