Take Action Houston: Policies and Barriers Affecting Civic Participation in Houston and Texas

Commissioned by Houston Endowment, the Take Action Houston report, a project of Houston in Action, assesses systemic barriers and opportunities for civic engagement in Harris County, examining both political and social arenas of civic action. A joint research effort of University of Houston, Rice University, and Texas Southern University, the report aims to frame discussions with community residents, leaders, and local policymakers about how to address specific barriers to civic participation in Harris County in order to strengthen and improve the civic health of Greater Houston.

May 2019

Access to Comprehensive Preventive and Primary Care

Houston Endowment joined other local funders to sponsor an update to an earlier report on the supply and demand for preventive and primary care services for uninsured and low-income residents in Houston and Harris County. The report describes the growth and changes among primary care providers and those they serve, as well as emerging trends aimed at improving accessibility and the health of Harris County residents.

The report notes that investments in the primary care sector have effectively increased access, improved quality and built a stronger network of care in Harris County over the past 10 years. The report also describes certain geographic areas of need and outlines the continued need to ensure access to certain specialty care services.

March 2019

The Impact of Uninsurance on Texas’ Economy

Houston Endowment joined the Episcopal Health Foundation to sponsor a new report on behalf of the Texas Alliance for Health Care. The report, prepared by Applied Policy on behalf of the Texas Alliance for Health Care, offers an analysis of the financial impact on Texas’ economy – today and into the future – of maintaining a high level of uninsured.

The high uninsured rate negatively affects labor productivity, business profitability, household financial stability, and future earnings and requires health care providers to absorb the costs of unsubsidized, uncompensated care.

January 2019

Equity in Transit: 2018 Report

LINK Houston, which Houston Endowment helped to establish, advocates for a robust and equitable transportation network so that all people can reach opportunity – regardless of whether they own a car. LINK’s Equity in Transit 2018 Report examines the current state of the bus and rail networks in Houston; who rides transit in Houston; and how to improve transit to advance equity in incomes, education and health outcomes.

November 2018

2018 Houston Civic Health Index

The 2018 Houston Civic Health Index, from the Center for Local Elections in American Politics at Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the National Conference on Citizenship, commissioned by Houston Endowment, examines the degree to which Greater Houston residents participate in political discussion, engage in nonpolitical civic behavior, volunteer and interact with one another. It also examines local residents’ activity with regard to voting and running for office.

May 1, 2018

Improving Maternal Health in Harris County

“Improving Maternal Health in Harris County: A Community Plan” was developed by a steering committee of leaders from a wide range of backgrounds – including healthcare, behavioral health, social services, business, government and philanthropy – convened by Houston Endowment. The culmination of a year-long planning and research effort, the plan identifies the most important forces behind Harris County’s high rate of maternal morbidity – defined as unexpected complications of pregnancy, labor and delivery – and offers recommendations for action to improve maternal health.

April 23, 2018

Strategies for Flood Mitigation in Greater Houston, Edition 1

“Strategies for Flood Mitigation in Greater Houston, Edition 1”, a report released by the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium, calls for accelerating the paradigm shift underway in how the Houston area plans for and recovers from flooding and its consequences.

To view the report, click here.

Houston Endowment led the creation of the Consortium to make sure that all communities benefit from flood mitigation efforts. The Kinder Foundation and the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation were co-funders, and additional support came from the Walton Family Foundation, Cullen Foundation and Harte Charitable Foundation.

April 5, 2018

Harris County Mental Health Services for Children, Youth, and Families: 2017 System Assessment

The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and Houston Endowment released a comprehensive assessment of the scope and quality of mental health services available for Harris County children, youth and their families. The report identifies gaps in the system and offers strategic recommendations — opportunities to grow provider capacity and expand and reform the current continuum of care — to increase availability of the right types of services when and where they are most needed.

Access the abridged report here: Harris County Mental Health Services for Children, Youth, and Families

Access the extended report here.

Access the report presentation here.

October 30, 2017

Texas Teacher Preparation Collaborative Recommendations Report: An Effective Teacher in Every Classroom

Educate Texas convened the Texas Teacher Preparation Collaborative to examine best practices and policies in teacher preparation, to review related research, and to make practical policy recommendations to help ensure that teachers are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to provide Texas students with a 21st century education.

Access the report through the Educate Texas website: Texas Teacher Collaborative Report



Capped Federal Medicaid Funding – Implications for Texas

Houston Endowment joined the Episcopal Health Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to sponsor a new report on behalf of the Texas Alliance for Health Care. The report, prepared by Manatt Health, explores the potential fiscal ramifications to Texas of transforming Medicaid through block grants or per capita caps.

Access the report here: Capped Federal Medicaid Funding.


A Mapping of the Out-of-School Time Landscape in Harris County 

Houston Endowment sponsored a report on the out-of-school time (OST) landscape in Harris County.

The report includes an analysis of the supply and demand for OST programs in the county as well as in select neighborhoods, an exploration of the various funding streams for OST programming, and insights and recommendations.

Access the full report here: OST Landscape Report.

Access to Comprehensive Preventive and Primary Care

Houston Endowment joined other local funders to sponsor a report on the supply and demand for preventive and primary care services for uninsured and low-income residents in Houston and Harris County.

While local clinics have expanded services in Harris County to meet growing demand, the report notes a critical need to increase access to comprehensive women’s health services, to fully integrate behavioral health services with primary care and to ensure access to specialty care services.

Access the full report here: Clinic Report


Higher Education Outcomes: Tracking Texas 8th Graders’ Post-Secondary Success

Data that reports the education outcomes of every student who started 8th grade in a Texas public school during eight academic years is available through an interactive explorer from The Texas Tribune. Supported by funding from Houston Endowment, data from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Education Agency is used to track students who started in 8th grade between 1996 and 2003 to determine the percentage of 8th graders who earned a post-secondary certificate or degree from a Texas college or university within six years of their expected high school graduation date.

Access the interactive data explorer here: 8th Grade Report

A Profile of Immigration in Houston, the Nation’s Most Diverse Metropolitan Area

Houston is the most diverse and rapidly growing of the major U.S. metropolitan areas, with no majority racial or ethnic group. Immigrants from around the world are an important driver of that growth and diversity. This report, jointly funded by Houston Endowment and the Simmons Foundation, provides detailed demographics on the immigrant population in Houston, including data on country of origin, education attainment, income levels and rates of naturalization. The report concludes with possible implications for immigrant service providers.

Access the full report here: A Profile of Immigration in Houston