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Houston Health Department

We work in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live.

Clinical Services

Dental services
Family planning and reproductive health
Health centers
Vision services

Diabetes Management

Fitness education
Nutrition education
Self-management education
Self-management support

Healthy Families Houston

Strengthening family bonds
Improving healthy child growth
Encouraging healthy birth spacing
Decreasing child abuse


EMS permits
Food permits
Pool permits
Special waste permits
Temporary Food Permits

Senior Services (60+)

Benefits counseling
Caregiver support
Health promotion programs
Information referral and help
Intervention services
Links to resources
Long-term care ombudsman program
Nutrition programs

We are a full-service health department that performs many enhanced functions to address health inequities.

Our services benefit all Houston residents, but we also take additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations.

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Your Choice. Their Health.

When it comes to vaccinating your children against COVID-19, your choice can decide their health and future. 

Get the facts to make an informed decision. 

Family and Child Health

Family and Child Health

Go to all family and child health programs:

Asthma Coalition
Asthma Prevention
Breath with Pride
The Basics Houston
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control
Healthy Families Houston
My Brother's Keeper
Nurse-Family Partnership
TeamUp for Houston's Youth

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Food Programs

Farmers markets food access
Diabetes Nutrition Educations
Senior (60+) nutrition

Food programs and healthy eating

Healthy Families Houston

Healthy Families Houston program is a free, evidence-based, intensive, home visitation program for strengthening family bonds, improving healthy child growth and development, encouraging healthy birth spacing, decreasing child abuse and neglect, and linking clients to needed resources and service.

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The Basics Houston

The Basics Houston improves the number of children in Houston who have a healthy start to and quality of life. We bring a public health perspective to encourage enriched childhood brain development during the early stages of life. We focus on family and community— from parents and caregivers to community support systems outside of the home — while incorporating the latest research to identify disparities and implement innovative solutions.

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Breathe with Pride

The mission of the Breathe with Pride: Houston LGBTQ2IA+ Tobacco Prevention and Control Initiative is to reduce the tobacco-related health disparities among the LGBTQ2IA+ communities, and to help implement evidence-based programs and activities focusing on the reduction of tobacco use amid the LGBTQ2IA+ population.

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The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating including breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care.

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Community Re-Entry Network Program

We work in partnership with the community to assess, plan, and implement effective strategies to reduce recidivism, increase public safety, and successfully assist and support ex-offenders in their transition in becoming productive, contributing members of the Houston community.

Our caring, multi-disciplinary staff is committed to addressing the needs of the whole person with innovative, evidence-based programming; and linkage to services designed to meet the needs of formerly incarcerated persons and interrupting the cycle of recidivism.

We provide workforce support and access to second-chance job opportunities to help our participants live out their dreams!

Project Saving Smiles

Project Saving Smiles targets elementary schools in the Houston area, which have 50% or more students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. Participating schools provide bus transportation for their students to and from the Project Saving Smiles location.

Oral health plays a significant part in one’s overall health and well-being. Children who suffer from oral health problems cannot learn well and miss days from school.

Using an evidence-based dental public health approach, Project Saving Smiles provides dental screenings, dental sealants, fluoride varnish, and oral health education free of charge to second graders attending schools with ≥50% free and reduced lunch program rates.

See to Succeed

Our See to Succeed program provides free vision exams and quality corrective eyewear to school children 6-18 years old with unresolved vision needs from Houston area school districts and charter schools.

Since the program's pilot in 2011, over 85,000 children have been seen and over 78,000 pairs of glasses delivered.

See to Succeed is a public-private partnership initiative created to solve a health issue for children in the greater Houston and surrounding areas.