Cancer Programs and Health Coalitions in the Houston MSA
Community Health Coalitions
- Asian Cancer Council
Our mission is to promote and increase health access, knowledge and disease prevention and control activities
and programs throughout the Greater Houston area. The AAHC seeks to address health disparities
among Asian Americans and other medically underserved communities by providing culturally and
linguistically appropriate medical care at its HOPE clinic in Southwest Houston.
- Breast Health Collaborative of Texas
Our mission is to unite breast health advocates and providers to educate, advocate and leverage resources in Texas. We are committed to:
1) Advocate for positive legislative action in breast health,
2) Promote collaboration among breast health providers and
3) Maximize new and existing resources.
- Community Transformation Initiative
Community Transformation is a movement taking place across the nation, including Houston/Harris County. Communities are working together to improve livability to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, the leading causes of death and disability. In 2011, the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) was awarded the Community Transformation Grant for capacity building by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CTI is led by HDHHS in partnership with Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services (HCPHES). CTI focuses on sustainable policy, built environment, and infrastructure or systems changes across the City of Houston and Harris County.
- Hispanic Health Coalition
The Hispanic Health Coalition (HHC) is a non-profit organization established in 1996. The Hispanic Health Coalition has been a reliable resource, information source and voice for Houston’s Hispanics and those who serve them. Consisting of leaders from healthcare, education, social service, faith-based, business, community and government organizations with experience working with the Hispanic population, the HHC is committed to continuing to improve the health of our community.
- Houston Food Policy Workgroup
The mission of the Houston Food Policy Workgroup is to nurture the growth of a sustainable local food system, accessible to all, through education, collaboration, communication, and creation of a food policy council for the Houston region.
- Intercultural Cancer Council
The Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) promotes policies, programs, partnerships, and research
to eliminate the unequal burden of cancer among racial and ethnic minorities and medically,
underserved populations in the United States and its associated territories.
- Latinos in a Network for Cancer Control (LINCC)
Preventing and controlling cancer among Hispanics in Texas through a network of academic,
public health, and community partnerships engaged in community based intervention, replication
and dissemination research; evaluation; and education.
- Liberty County Cancer Awareness Network (C.A.N)
Liberty County Cancer Awareness Network's (CAN) mission is to heighten awareness of cancer
prevention, early detection and cancer control and to STAMP OUT CANCER IN LIBERTY COUNTY.
- Native American Health Coalition
NAHC was started by a group of Native Americans living in Houston, TX concerned about the quality of healthcare and healthcare services available to Native Americans in and referred to the Texas Medical Center (TMC). If you are Native American and coming to Houston for health care, please contact NAHC with any questions you may have. The NAHC can provide information, directions, maps and suggestions.
- Young Survival Coalition - South Region
Young Survival Coalition’s regional outreach structure allows us to extend our reach into all communities where dedicated volunteers, health care providers and supporters work as a team to provide a support structure and programming for young women diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 40.http://www.youngsurvival.org/southregion
Cancer Prevention and Control Organizations and Programs
- Africa Cancer Care Inc.
Africa Cancer Care Inc. is a non-profit group based in Houston, TX devoted to educating the masses about cancer and its ill equipped victims in and outside of the United States. They are devoted to providing early detection screenings for cancer for minorities in the United States as well as throughout Africa.
- Asian Cancer Coordination Project
Cancer Prevention in the Asian American Community of Greater Houston is a collaborative project
between Asian American Health Coalition-HOPE Clinic, Light & Salt Association and the Asian Cancer
Council (am umbrella organization for 18 Asian community organizations). The main goal of this
project is to reduce the cancer burden in Asian Americans in Houston, The specific aims are: To
develop and implement a coordinated and comprehensive annual outreach plan with all collaborating
partners and to develop and implement a coordinated and evidence based cancer education plan with
all collaborating partners.
- Avon Safety Net
The Avon Safety Net Grant at UTMB provides funds for Patient Navigation services. These services are
offered to any woman who requires diagnostic follow-up for an abnormal breast screening result or
has been diagnosed with breast cancer and seeks care at UTMB, including women who only need to be
enrolled into Texas Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer.
- CAN DO Houston
CAN DO Houston is an organization fighting child obesity with a fundamentally different approach. We are an umbrella group that enables collaboration between other child obesity groups to maximize benefits to our respective communities. CAN DO Houston is a 501(c)(3) non-profit consortium of over forty organizations.
- Cancer Forward Foundation for Cancer Survivors
CancerForward is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting, educating and sharing information among cancer survivors, empowering them to move forward with their lives. By providing a virtual venue, we support cancer patients, their friends, family and caregivers – all considered survivors – from the time of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.
- Compassionate Touch
We began as a humanitarian outreach program of Lifeline Chaplaincy in June of 1997. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit program which provides short term emergency funding (primarily for hotels, food, or parking) to patients and their families who find themselves stranded without financial resources. Assistance to patients is provided through social work department in select Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth & Central Texas area hospitals.
- Dia de la Mujer Latina, Inc.
The mission of Día de la Mujer Latina is to promote health awareness to the underserved Latino community by providing a culturally and ethnically-specific education, facilitating early detection screening, prevention care interventions; promoting wellness with resource information, Promotores training and patient navigation for follow-up services.
- Fort Bend Regional Council or Substance Abuse - Tobacco Interagency Program
This timely intervention program's goal is to reduce the use of tobacco throughout Fort Bend County. This program collaborates with community physicians, pharmacists and dentists to assist them in promoting tobacco cessation among their patients. The program includes tobacco specialists who are available to conduct tobacco cessation classes in the workplace.
- Health Awareness and Prevention Program (HAPP)
The goal of HAPP is to educate the Vietnamese community about the risks of chronic diseases, the benefits of preventive health and how to access locally available services. For more informaion, please call: 281-530-6888.
- Hope Through Grace
Our mission is eliminating colorectal cancer through prevention and early detection. We are proud to offer cancer screening for early detection, survivorship support, education, advocacy, and, services to underscore the importance of colorectal cancer prevention, early detection and cancer care.
- Indian American Cancer Network (IACAN)
Indian American Cancer Network (IACAN) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that aims to help people of South-Asian descent affected by cancer. IACAN network offers various services to both patients and care givers through their network of liaisons.
- Komen Complete Care Project at UTMB
The Komen Complete Care Project provides screening mammograms, diagnostic follow-up, breast cancer
treatment, patient navigation and education to eligible women through our network of Regional
Maternal and Child Health Clinics.
- Lesbian Health Initiative of Houston, Inc.
Dedicated to eliminating barriers to healthcare and inspiring health & wellness for LGBT women
and transgender men.
- Life Beyond Cancer Foundation
The Life Beyond Cancer Foundation (LBCF) has downsized its organization and moved toward an all volunteer staffing. LBCF remains dedicated to providing a forum for sharing experiences, being a clearinghouse of tools and resources to ease the physical, spiritual, emotional and financial hardships of living with, and beyond, cancer. Continuing activities will include our monthly webinar series on cancer survivorship, advocating for community based survivorship initiatives, and sustaining the dialogue among the members of the Providers for Survivors Network and other cancer organizations.
- Light and Salt Association
Founded by a group of Christians in 1997, the Light and Salt Association (LSA) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) community-based organization with the mission of uniting the manpower and resources of Houston’s Chinese community to provide competent linguistically and culturally appropriate care and services to needy Houstonians.
- MD Anderson Cancer Center
MD Anderson Cancer Center offers information, education and services for patients, the public and health professionals.
- Pink Petals for Pat
Pink Petals for Pat is a non-profit outreach organization established to educate, encourage,enhance and empower women, volunteers, breast cancer patients and the community at large from all walks of life. We serve as advocates for patients and survivors by examining funding, screenings, patient support, breast cancer education and treatment projects, services and resources for the uninsured and the underinsured.
- Pink Ribbons Project
Using the arts, Pink Ribbons Project promotes breast health, saves lives and improves the quality of life for those touched by breast cancer.
- Sisters Network Inc.
Our purpose is to save lives and provide a broader scope of knowledge that addresses the breast
cancer survivorship crisis affecting African American women in the United States, We provide
standardized outreach programs which are implemented by the 40 Affiliate
Chapters; breast health education, outreach materials, instructions on how to be an Advocate and
clinical trial recruitment assistance to major studies. Additionally, we collaborate with various
organizations and corporate partners to increase breast cancer awareness and stressing the importance
of early detection. National Breast Cancer Assistance Program which provides assistance to women
facing financial challenges after diagnosis.
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure Houston Affiliate
Our mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. Serve as the leading force in providing breast health and
breast cancer information to the Harris and surrounding counties. Serve as a funding source for
grant-seeking non-profit organizations providing breast cancer education, screening and treatment to
uninsured and underserved populations.
- Texas AHEC East Coastal Region
Located in La Marque, Texas, the Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Coastal Region is a cooperative effort between The University of Texas Medical Branch and the Coastal AHEC, Inc. AHEC works with Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, and Orange counties seeking to improve the health of our population, especially the underserved, by creating partnerships among community and academic organizations. We link health care resources to build and strengthen community-based education programs. A regional Governing Board of Directors guides the Coastal AHEC in it's mission.
- Texas Cancer Information
Texas Cancer Information (TCI) can connect patients, caregivers, the general public, health care
policy planners, physicians and other health professionals with reliable online cancer information.
TCI gathers, organizes and delivers the latest information to empower Texans with the knowledge
needed to reduce the impact of cancer. TCI maintains the following websites: Texas Cancer
Information at www.texascancer.info, the TexasCancerSurvivor.Info survivorship portal at
www.texascancersurvivor.info and the Texas Cancer Control Toolkit at www.texascancertoolkit.org. TCI's Access to Cancer Care for Low-Income and Uninsured Patients tool in English and Spanish assists Texans in all 254
counties in finding care.
- The Rose
Every woman deserves quality breast health care. Every woman deserves The Rose. The Rose reduWomen Montageces deaths from breast cancer by providing access to screening, diagnosis and treatment services to any woman regardless of her ability to pay.The Rose addresses any barrier that might keep a woman from caring for her own needs.
- UTMB Cancer Stop Program
The UTMB Cancer Stop Program provides breast and cervical cancer screening services to eligible
women through our network of UTMB Regional Maternal and Child Health Program Clinics.