Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities
The Hogg Foundation seeks to address a lack of understanding of how communities support resilience and mental health, the significant inequities that exist in Texas, the community conditions that contribute to mental health disparities, and how people come together to create and implement community-driven solutions.
Five organizations were awarded $410,000 each to create or build on an existing community collaborative. A sixth organization, Alliance for Greater Works, received grant funding to provide coordination for the initiative.
- Alliance for Greater Works (Grand Prairie, Texas)
- Bastrop County Cares (Bastrop County, Texas)
- Community Action Corporation of South Texas (Brooks County, Texas)
- Northeast Texas Community College (Morris County, Texas)
- Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches County, Texas)
- Victoria County Public Health Department (Victoria County, Texas)
Check out spotlights on the work happening in each county (Bastrop, Brooks, Morris, Nacogdoches and Victoria) and listen to an episode of the foundation’s Into the Fold podcast with the initiative coordinator, Alliance for Greater Works.
Nationwide, there is growing momentum to address health disparities and inequities, and a number of philanthropic efforts to improve health outcomes in communities. With this project, we join these efforts by partnering with rural communities as they work with diverse and historically excluded groups, facilitate courageous conversations, and implement improvements to support resilience, mental health and well-being.
As our population evolves to be more ethnically diverse, efforts must be made to address mental health needs in ways that recognize and are sensitive to individual cultural experiences. This new initiative addresses a lack of understanding of how communities support mental health, the significant inequities that exist in Texas, the community conditions that contribute to mental health disparities, and how people come together to create and implement community-driven solutions.
People in Texas experience more mental health challenges as a result of differential exposure to community conditions that negatively influence health and well-being. These conditions, including social, environmental and economic factors, often stem from structural and historic differences in power and resources. This is exacerbated by information associating mental health and violence, and opportunities exist to address this stigma and misperception in community settings.
For the purposes of this project, the foundation defines rural as counties of 250,000 people or less, with a preference for smaller communities. Multiple counties may collaborate as long as each county in the collaboration has 250,000 people or less.
Engaging Community: Two Key Initiatives Reach Milestones
Community collaboratives have become central to our strategic goal. Let’s look back on lessons learned and opportunities from two collaborative initiatives.
The Hogg Foundation supports community efforts to build resilience and improve mental health in environments where people live, learn, work, pray and play.
Hogg Foundation Awards $4.5 Million to Address Well-being in Rural Texas Communities
This blog post announces the grantees that received funding from the Hogg Foundation through the Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities grant.
Leading with Cultural Humility
Sherrye Willis, founder and CEO of Alliance for Greater Works, breaks down the ways in which her team will be working with grantees to harness resources, develop leadership skills, and build stronger relationships in community.
Networking Behavioral Health Services Across Texas
The East Texas Behavioral Health Network was born out of more than a decade of conversations between five community health center leaders who wanted to improve the cost efficiency and connectivity of their service delivery.
Bexar County’s Collaborative Approach to Community Mental Health
By inviting a slew of additional stakeholders—including clinics, hospitals and community-based organizations—the Health Collaborative has become catalyst for community data-sharing, education and other forms of cooperation.