Houston Health Department

Office of Chronic Disease, Health Education and Wellness


The Office of Chronic Disease, Health Education and Wellness works collaboratively with multi-sectoral partners to improve the health of all Houstonians by increasing opportunities for chronic disease prevention, health education and self-management, access to healthy foods and beverages, opportunities for active living, and access to tobacco-free environments.

We implement evidence- and practice-based programming, policy, environmental, and system change interventions for chronic disease prevention. Focus areas are diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and tobacco use.

The Office of Chronic Disease, Health Education and Wellness is committed to:

  • Advancing health equity and reducing disparities
  • Maximizing health impact through innovative prevention strategies
  • Empowering and educating communities and individuals to improve their health
  • Increasing access to healthy environments where people live, work, and play
  • Increasing community awareness of chronic disease prevention opportunities
  • Advancing health in all policies, recognizing that all policies impact health

DAWN Center

  • Diabetes self-management workshops
  • DAWN mobile unit
  • Fitness education
  • Nutrition education
  • Peer support

Food access

  • Urban gardens
  • Farmers markets
  • Farmers market nutrition program
  • Fresh Rx
  • Houston Healthy Bucks

Health education

  • Clinic-based Health Education Classes
  • Community-based Health Education Classes
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops

Wellness Initiatives

  • Go Healthy Houston Task Force
  • Houston Bike Racks Program
  • Toolkits & Reports
Cigna Sunday Streets
Drink Up
DAWN Center
GO! Snacks
Get Moving Houston Community Gardens and Farmers Markets
Walk Houston
Healthier Houston
GO Healthy Houston