Health Survey on the Near Northside

The Houston Department of Health and Human Service wants to identify health related issues on the near northside. Houston Public radio's Rod Rice reports volunteers will comb the neighborhood next week.

"We're going to go through 9000 homes with information packets."

The Health Department's Porfirio Villarreal says 230 volunteers will hand out the packets to determine if people have immediate health needs.

"Say for example if somebody needs a wheelchair then we'll put them in touch with an agency that will help them with that. Just provide them with resources with their community or somebody that can help them."

Villarreal says then in May about 50 department employees will go back to survey 500 residents to get a more detailed picture of health on the near northside.

"And that helps us plan for in the future for any programs that need to be developed or work with other agencies to help them identify needs and try to match those needs in the future.

The Houston Health Department has conducted similar projects over the last year and a half in Sunnyside, Independence Heights, Magnolia Park and the Tri-Communities of Clinton Park, Fidelity and Clinton View neighborhoods.

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Rod Rice

Local Anchor, Morning Edition

Rod Rice became fascinated with radio at an early age, while sitting on his Grandfather’s lap listening to his "programs" on the big Emerson Radio...