The mission of the Harris County Hospital District Foundation is to enhance the broad healthcare mission of the Harris Health System by soliciting and raising funds for, and increasing the community’s awareness of Harris Health System. The HCHD Foundation, celebrating 25 years, strives to make a difference in the lives of the patients that are served by the Harris Health System as well as the all-important doctors, nurses, and staff who care for these patients. The foundation also serves to fund programs that reach out into our community to provide care for the area population who need it the most. The Foundation makes an impact by working hand-in-hand with the Harris Health Administration to fund projects and initiatives that have been identified as “the greatest need” in the community. It is of prime importance that the projects supported by the foundation directly impact the improvement of quality and access to care for the uninsured and underinsured people of Harris County. Our work also aims in enhance the quality of the workplace found at Harris Health sites for all employees.
Some examples of how HCHD Foundation is making an impact in the community and in the workplace include supporting such programs as: TroubleShooters Mobile Immunization Program The Mobile Immunization Outreach Program provides free vaccinations for underprivileged children from two months to 18 years of age as well as elderly populations. The program allows visits to more than 400 local sites such as schools in areas determined to be experiencing the lowest health indicators in Harris County. Mobile Mammography Program Harris Health System’s Mobile Mammography Van now provides over 30,000 mammograms in our county each year. This means better survival rates for women, and subsequently, a cost savings for the community. Employee Disaster Fund When an employee of Harris Health System needs help due to unforeseen emergencies, the Employee Disaster Fund is available to help. To date, more than $230,000 has been donated and given to employees who have needed assistance! Mobile Dental Program Oral health is a critical component in primary care, preventive, and wellness service provision. HCHD Foundation’s Mobile Dental Outreach Program overcomes access barriers by bringing oral health care to men, women and children in Harris County who would otherwise go without. Professional Advancement for Nurses Donations to this fund help nurses who are seeking education to get to the next level – LVN to BS to BSN to MSN to PhD. In addition, this fund supports education by bringing those who are experts in the field to our campus to educate Harris Health nurses. The HCHD Foundation works actively to leverage public funding through the procurement of additional private grants, events such as the Texas Med Run, FUN Shirts Golf Classic, Silver Tea, Cinco de Bingo, and Jubilee of Caring gala and tangible giving. The Foundation’s success relies on support from the community.