There is an urgent need to understand what is driving health disparities that are experienced by medically underserved and minoritized (e.g., American Indian; Asian; Black/African American; Latino/a/x ) communities in the Greater Houston area. The social determinants of health – including the effects of systemic racism, lack of culturally competent healthcare providers, access to quality healthcare, economic stability, educational achievement gap, food insecurity, transportation, language barriers, and characteristics of one’s built environment – continue to contribute to higher rates of disease progression, hospitalizations, and deaths amongst impacted communities. Through a partnership with the Houston Health Department, H-Town CHAT (Community Health Action Talks) is collaborating with organizations, churches, leaders, and community members to develop solutions that improve everyone’s quality and length of life.

Program Goals







  1. Create community forums that explore the challenges experienced when medical assistance is needed.
  2. Create materials about the latest risk-factors, prevention strategies, and treatment options for COVID-19 and other chronic diseases to keep everyone informed.
  3. Create action plans that identify and reduce the inequalities communities experience with health challenges.

Our Values







  1. Partnership: To create and sustain equitable partnerships with Houston communities, churches, and organizations.
  2. Empower: To empower communities to use their collective voice to be change agents.
  3. Advocate: To amplify lived experiences and work together to generate solutions.
  4. Inform: To develop culturally-informed health education materials and action plans that improve quality and length of life.

Potential Outcomes







  1. Develop community-informed strategies for navigating healthcare challenges.
  2. Provide communities with accurate information on COVID-19 and other chronic diseases.
  3. Make print and electronic toolkits readily available to all who can benefit from them.
  4. Collaborate with healthcare systems to provide equitable patient care.