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Cancer Health Coalitions

Community health coalitions that are involved in cancer prevention and control efforts in Texas

Updated February 2022

Asian American Health Coalition - HOPE Clinic

The Asian American Health Coalition (AAHC) established HOPE Clinic in 2002 as a four-hour-a-month, volunteer-run, non-profit clinic providing culturally and linguistically competent care for Houston’s under-served and isolated Asian communities. In 2012, HOPE Clinic became a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and currently operates four clinics serving residents of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Be Well Communities

Be Well Communities™ is MD Anderson's place-based strategy for cancer prevention and control, working with communities to promote wellness and stop cancer before it starts. We unite individuals, schools, workplaces, government agencies, health care providers and policymakers to plan and carry out sustainable, community-led solutions that will make positive, long-lasting changes in people’s lives.

Our team works collaboratively with residents and community-based organizations to implement evidence-based strategies that can reduce the risk of cancer with a focus on five key areas: healthy eating, active living, sun safety, tobacco-free living and preventive care.

Be Well Communities is built on 100 years of healthy community initiative best practices, literature, and experience. The model centers on working with the community-based organizations to build their capacity to deliver and evaluate evidence-based interventions and ultimately empower them to lead and sustain the work.

Breast Health Collaborative of Texas

With more than 3,000 members across the state committed to the mission of the Breast Health Collaborative of Texas, we have played a significant role in changing the breast cancer landscape in Texas and have demonstrated that through alliances, change can be achieved.
  1. Through educating healthcare professionals and the community on breast health issues and access-including knowing what other organizations are doing and what resources are available-we can close the gaps in the healthcare system.

  2. The Collaborative advocates on behalf of breast cancer services, education, patient navigation services, and research. We work with local, state, and nationally elected officials to ensure that these issues are addressed in legislation.

  3. Patient navigation is a vital approach to increasing access to care. We support navigation in several ways through management, our Intervention Project, partnerships with community organizations, and educating our members.

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 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles among Houston’s Hispanic and Latino community, especially those with limited access to resources and information. We work continuously to eliminate health disparities and increase health literacy in these communities and among their supporters.

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.


If your cancer health coalition would like to be included on this page, please e-mail a description of your coalition's mission and a link to your website (if available) to