Leveraging Talent

To Foster Healthier

Doing The Work

Community Impact

Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration (HTCC) is a coalition of hospitals, public health organizations, universities, and other community partners to foster healthier communities. Leveraging our collective talents and organizational support, we achieved numerous objectives outlined in our previous strategic plans. Building on these accomplishments, we’ve established goals and objectives for the next several years.

HEALTHY FOODS RETAIL STRATEGIES: Our focus is on bolstering access to nutritious foods in underserved areas throughout Tarrant County. Retail strategies include conducting a rolling survey of SNAP-accepting stores by zip code to identify existing opportunities and exploring sustainable options for pop-up produce sales.
ADDRESSING FOOD AND ECONOMIC INSECURITY THROUGH URBAN FARMING: In partnership with CoAct and the Office of Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks – Precinct 1, we are incubating community-member owned urban farms to help them achieve self-sufficiency. We promote bio-intensive, regenerative farming practices with minimal tilling to help build soil and maximize production.
ADDRESSING HEALTH CONSEQUENCES OF COMMUNITY – POLICE INTERACTIONS: We are exploring ways to improve law enforcement and community interactions. HTCC is particularly interested in realistic policies, programs, and practices that can help reduce how often community members are arrested and detained in situations where they can receive a ticket and pay a fine (Cite & Release). We are doing this as we know that being arrested is

• Very disruptive to a person’s life.
• Can erode community trust in law enforcement.
• Can increase costs to the city and the county.

This work is supported by a multi-year award from the NIH Common Fund’s Community Partnerships to Advance Science for Society’s (ComPASS) Community-Led Health Equity Structural Intervention (CHESI) program (1OT2OD035659-01).

COMMUNITY CORPS: HTCC works with a corps of community members trusted by community members across the East Fort Worth region and provides them with factual public health information to disseminate to their respective constituencies. We are doing this in an effort to dispel misinformation and increase factual knowledge about matters such as respiratory viruses, vaccines, and chronic disease prevention and management in communities that are disproportionately impacted by these matters.

  • Award
  • Grant
  • Stop Six Community Corps
  • 2011 - 2011

    Received the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas award in 2011. HTCC was the first prevention grant recipient outside a large hospital system or research institution. This project piloted an email-based program called ALIVE!, which assisted participants in making small, incremental changes toward their healthy eating and active living goals. The aim was to […]
  • 2016 - 2016

    Awarded the Plan4Health grant in 2016, HTCC tested strategies to increase access to healthier foods in underserved communities. It was the first major funding for addressing East Fort Worth’s requests for healthy food access. Funded by the American Planning Association and the American Public Health Association, this grant allowed HTCC to test new strategies. Subsequent […]
  • 2021 - 2021

     Created the Stop Six Community Corps, from a subaward from Tarrant County Public Health for CDC funds in 2021. It enabled HTCC to recruit a group of committed community advocates to help deliver trusted public health messaging to help dispel misinformation and lies around COVID 19 and vaccines. 
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Add Text about the benefits of partnering. welcome to the Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration, where hospitals, public health organizations, universities, and other community partners join forces to cultivate healthier communities. Established in 1997, HTCC emerged to conduct a comprehensive countywide assessment to uncover the community’s needs.

We love to hear from people who may be interested in:

  • Joining one of our work groups or committees.
  • Volunteering at one of the urban farms.
  • Learning more about our work.