The Texas Gulf Coast Overview
The Texas Gulf Coast has a very diverse population with large African-American, Hispanic, Asian and other cultures with over 145 languages spoken. In addition to the culturally and linguistically isolated, vulnerable populations include people with disabilities, those living with chronic disease, people living below or at the poverty level, the elderly, and children.
In the wake of the 2017 Hurricanes, many of the hurricane-affected jurisdictions still need assistance to ensure disaster-related environmental and occupational health practices are applied to recovery efforts. The Hurricane Response Hub (HRH) initiative is a coordinated effort among federal, state, and local public health organizations to facilitate training, technical assistance, and information sharing to enhance ongoing environmental and occupational health recovery in jurisdictions affected by the 2017 hurricanes. Through the HRH effort, professionals engaged in hurricane and disaster-related health recovery will have access to quality training and technical assistance through a network of five technical assistance centers representing the regions most affected by the 2017 hurricanes.
Hurricane Response Hub Technical Assistance Center – Texas (HRHTAC – Texas) is led by Texas Health Institute (THI) and includes, Harris County Public Health (HCPH), Texas A&M University School of Public health (TAMUSPH), and Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (TSPHTM).
Texas is the geographic jurisdiction the partnership will serve. The primary counties are the nineteen counties directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Counties extend from Nueces in the south to Orange on the Texas and Louisiana border. Recognizing that hurricanes have and will impact any coastal area in Texas, the project will include other coastal counties as needed.
Technical Assistance Services
HRHTAC - Texas is committed to providing customized technical assistance to individuals, organizations, and agencies recovering from the effects of 2017 Hurricanes Harvey. Our goal is to enhance existing disaster-related morbidity and mortality surveillance, environmental health, and occupational health recovery initiatives through workforce capacity building activities such as providing training, resources, and educational tools.
Email discussions: HRHTAC - Texas will fulfill straightforward technical assistance requests via email. For example, a Technical Assistance request for a fact sheet on best practices for mold remediation will be answered by email with the requested resources supplied as an attachment.
Phone consultations: HRHTAC - Texas may fulfill more complex requests over the phone. This may include phone conferences with multiple individuals or organizations.
Facilitating connections to people, organizations, or resources: We may also fulfill Technical Assistance requests by facilitating introductions to individuals, organizations, or other existing resources.
Training and educational opportunities: Each of the five HRHTACs including Texas will provide access to relevant training and educational opportunities as these become available.
The five Technical Assistance Centers:
To request technical assistance please click here to complete the technical assistance request form. A representative from an HRHTAC – Texas will contact you within two business days.