Houston Health Department


Public Health and Disaster Preparedness of Vulnerable Populations in Houston (2008)
Bray PG, Peranteau EJ, Lopez KK, Panchang S, Ford M, Parekh J, Siddiqui A, Hughes L, Bracey AC, Reisz, I, Perry, M, Banerjee D, Slentz M.
The Houston Health Department and St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, Inc., Center of Excellence in Community Based Research collaborated on a qualitative study of awareness of, preparedness for, and ability to recover from, public health emergencies among vulnerable groups of residents from four lower SES neighborhoods in Houston, Texas.  The focus group study was conducted from June through July 2008, just over a month before the landfall of Hurricane Ike, in September of that year.

Using a Spatial Scan Statistic to Identify Vulnerable Populations in Houston (2008)
Monica Slentz, P.G., B.S., Deborah Banerjee, Ph.D., M.S., and Mark Perry, M.P.H.
Assessing vulnerability of populations is critical to public health preparedness. This unique study demonstrates the power of combining geographic information and spatial statistics in identifying vulnerable populations within Houston and the results were used during the health assessment and disaster relief that followed Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Beliefs and Actions Related to Youth Development in Adults in a Houston Inner-City Neighborhood (2008)
Sreevidya Mukkavilli MPH, Deborah Banerjee PhD, Leann Liu MS, Mark Perry MPH
This is a cross-sectional study of the gaps between beliefs and actions of parents concerning child development and child-raising practices.  The study, funded by HDHHS, employed the Developmental Assets framework in a primarily African American neighborhood in Houston (2007).

A Spatially Intelligent Disease Surveillance Model for Local Health Departments – A prototype from the City of Houston Health and Human Services (2008)
Stephen, Riju; Banerjee, Deborah and Perry, Mark
A web based GIS service ensures faster dissemination of spatial information and thereby faster decision making during public health emergencies. The prototype discussed here was developed using ESRI’s ArcWeb services. This model can enhance the conventional methods in data gathering during public health emergencies as it has online capability of extracting neighborhood demographic data pertaining to specific areas of interest.    

Removing Barriers to Collaboration: Understanding Mistrust and Antipathy in Communities (2007)
Mark Perry, Deborah Banerjee, Megan Myers, Raouf Arafat
A qualitative study of the health of an historic, inner city, African American community in Houston, with special efforts made to determine perceptions of the community of its public health needs, its perceptions of the role that the health department might play to improve public health within the community, and the feasibility and level of acceptance of the qualitative approach to research in this community vs. a quantitative survey approach.