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Honors in Community Health (HICH) seeks to build healthy communities through a multidisciplinary approach to overcoming barriers for underserved populations. This collaborative, student-led organization uses its understanding of the social determinants of health to explore multiple types of service: community engagement, advocacy, and research. HICH provides all students at the University of Houston the opportunity to design, implement, and lead a wide variety of community health projects. Through support from the Honors College, HICH members are given the opportunity to pursue projects that best suit their interests, values, and goals.





Membership fee: $10 a semester.

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Our current members, who collectively contribute perspectives from business, math, science, education, engineering, and other disciplines, work together to create measurable and sustainable impacts for our Houston communities. Students who demonstrate a high level of commitment and participation will have the opportunity to design their own community health projects and develop valuable leadership skills.

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Featured Projects

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    The Better Respiratory Education Targeting Houston's Elementary (BREATHE) Program is designed to help asthmatic and non-asthmatic third graders learn about asthma, respiration, and their environment. At its core, we aim to help students build better health awareness and provide the tools that enable them to advocate for themselves. As a volunteer, you will be facilitating lessons using interactive activities, breathing exercises, and yoga among other things. 

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    The goal of the Creative Care project is to work in collaboration with Cuney Homes to increase literacy rates and mental health outcomes through a curriculum that encourages self-expression, physical activity, and reflective writing. The Creative Care project is dedicated to providing a safe space for the children to be themselves and gain the tools needed to deal with stressors in their lives. Volunteers will develop and facilitate weekly creative wellness workshops for elementary and middle school aged children.

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    Project Engaging Encouraging Rising Students (PEERS) is a community health initiative that focuses on promoting community engagement and development of professional and research skills for high school students through collaboration on community health projects. Each high school team will present their final project at the PEERS competition for a grand prize. Members will provide mentorship to high school students from underserved communities and prepare them for the capstone competition. We hope to culture professional development and academic success and to inspire students through our program and various workshops throughout the year.

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    Responsive Resourcing aims to support the Third Ward and East End community members during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond by assisting community health workers in resource matching. Volunteers will have the opportunity to search for and verify resources online that alleviate resource gaps (such as lack of food, supplies, and psychosocial care), document verified resources on Welnity, a collaborative platform for community health workers. 

Recruitment and Development

Recruitment and Development (R&D) provides the backbone to all HICH activities and serves as the communication link that facilitates the flow of information between the various projects within HICH and its members. As part of the R&D team, we welcome and recruit prospective members of all backgrounds and majors.

Directors: Roba Abousaway, Jessica Tran

Membership Coordinators: Amenda Khoei, Sara Syed

Project Head Coordinators: Lucinda Ba, Iman Momin, Olivia Tran

Outreach Coordinators: Rael Memnon, Trang Than, Fernanda Varela


Email: uh.hich@gmail.com

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