Mental Health in Everyday Health 2021 Engagement Report

A Message from Our Executive Director 
Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr.

We are now two years into the COVID-pandemic. Our work over the past year has been strongly devoted to charting emerging trends as we look ahead to a world permanently changed by the pandemic.

This is especially true for our children and youth. A recent advisory by the U.S. Surgeon General found that youth mental health has suffered across a range of indicators during the pandemic, including rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide attempts. This gives added urgency to the work of grant partners such as Children’s Grief Center of El Paso; or the grant partners that make up our Communities for Children initiative; or the energy of the extraordinary young people we met during the last Young Minds Matter conference. Children’s mental health isn’t a new concern for us, but the pandemic leaves in its wake a changed environment that we aim to be responsive to.

The Surgeon General’s report is a sign that the struggle for good mental health is being sorely tested by the pandemic. Our mission to understand the underlying conditions that shape mental health at the community level, and to leverage our influence to transform these conditions for the better, has never been more critical. Given this new urgency, it is even more inspiring that our grant partners and staff have stepped up as never before.

This Engagement Report is a high-level snapshot of our many successes from Fiscal Year 2020-2021. As such, it can only serve as a high-level summary of our accomplishments over the past year. As you read through this report, I want you to remember what our communities and grant partners have had to overcome, and the steadfast people behind the scenes who make it all happen.

Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr.

Executive Director, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

Farewell to a Friend
Stephany J. Bryan (1956-2021)

Stephany J. Bryan (October 31, 1956 – February 14, 2021) dedicated her life to supporting and strengthening the lives of individuals with lived mental health experience, their families and communities through advocacy, education, peer support, and collaboration. During her 13-year tenure as Senior Program Officer and Consumer & Family Liaison at the Hogg Foundation, Stephany touched the lives of colleagues and consumers, both personally and professionally, across many areas of mental health and recovery. 

Her Impact

Learn how Stephany Bryan impacted the lives of colleagues at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and consumers across many areas of mental health and recovery.


These scholarships provide financial support to persons of color with a mental health challenge currently pursuing advanced education or training.

Podcast: Remembering Stephany

On this episode of our Into the Fold podcast, we celebrate our friend, her life, and legacy of this rare and unique voice for mental health.

Language Matters

Language Matters in Mental Health
The power of the language we choose

Language matters in mental health. Words we use shape how we see the world–and ourselves. We have a choice in the words we use to describe ourselves, others, and the world around us.

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health recommends we start by talking with others about the words they prefer. Affirming the preferences of the person you are referring to is always going to be the best way to go.

This one-pager contains practical advice for a challenging topic.

Language Matters

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Communities for Children
Supporting Schools During COVID

In December 2020, the Hogg Foundation received $1.1 million through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). The goal of the initiative is to help advance racial equity and support student mental wellness in communities significantly impacted by COVID-19. Using the CZI funds, the Hogg Foundation designed the Communities for Children initiative.

The COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest, and the economic recession have hit communities of color the hardest. This has presented new and unexpected challenges for schools, and these challenges are likely to continue and evolve throughout the current school year and beyond. Communities for Children supports schools and organizations working against the tide of poor mental health resulting from systemic inequities and the pandemic.”

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Hogg Foundation
By the Numbers

Funds Awarded

Active Grants

New Grantees

Funds Awarded



As we look back at the recent history of the foundation, we shouldn’t overlook our established programs and activities. Some of these reached important milestones over the past year, which are worth celebrating.

COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force

In early 2021, Hogg Foundation executive director Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr. was appointed to President Biden’s new COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.

Well-being in Rural Communities Completes Planning Phase

A cornerstone initiative, Collaborative Approaches to Well-being in Rural Communities, completed its three-year planning phase.

Integrating Mental Health Care in the Medical Setting

The Integrated Behavioral Health Scholars Program at Dell Medical School transforms the medical school experience.

Policy Engagement

The Hogg Foundation informs state-level policies that include funding and support for mental health promotion, prevention, and early intervention in a variety of settings and populations. Our goal is to effect systemic change to improve the mental health and well-being of people across Texas.

A Retrospective on a Decade of Investment

We look back at our decade of investment in the Mental Health Policy Academy and Policy Fellow Initiative.

Understanding Mental Health Systems and Services in Texas

The Hogg Foundation’s one-of-a-kind guide to the Texas mental health system

Podcast: Lessons Learned on Public Policy

Learn how our Mental Health Policy Academy and Fellows initiative is transforming public policy in Texas.

Young Minds Matter

Young Minds Matter

In October 2021, the Hogg Foundation held a free virtual event for people who care about children, youth, families, and caregivers. The theme for the event was, “Healing, Justice and Connection for Mental Wellbeing.”

Young Minds Matter 2021 Sessions Resources

In case you missed Young Minds Matter 2021, recordings of all the sessions.

Young Minds Matter: The Healing Future

A guest blog post by Marissa Howdershelt, who presented at Young Minds Matter 2021.

Podcast: A New Deal for Youth

We explore the connection between healing and justice as it relates to youth mental health and well-being.

Joining the Conversation

The Hogg Foundation doesn’t operate in a vacuum. Here is recent commentary on some of the most important issues of the day.

Vaccine Equity, Not Hesitancy

Although the term “vaccine hesitancy” has gained momentum in recent months, it fails to capture the systemic nature of the greater problem of vaccine access. We should rephrase it to “vaccine equity.” 

Texas health organizations must promote vaccines

Every day, we see ordinary people innovate approaches to getting more shots into more arms. What does it say to them that there are health care workers who would sooner quit than get vaccinated?

Uproar over critical race theory should not threaten mental health in schools

Why is the controversy surrounding critical race theory leading some to cast suspicion on mental health programs in schools?

Year in Review
A Timeline of Highlights

September 2020


Grantees Dig Deep in Response to COVID

Food BankWe are immensely proud of the work of our grant partners and their efforts to fulfill their missions in spite of how much the world has changed because of COVID. In this grantee story we focus on Texas CASA and Galveston County Food Bank. Learn more


Declaration of Racism as a Mental Health Crisis

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is one of the core values of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. In September 2021 we released a statement about the mental health impact of racism and racial inequality. Learn more

October 2020


Hogg Foundation policy priorities for 2022 and beyond

We share our policy priorities for the next biennium. These priorities represent mental health and substance use issues that we believe deserve the attention of policymakers and advocates. Learn more.

November 2020


Sustainable Support for Grieving Students

The Children’s Grief Center of El Paso received funding from the Hogg Foundation to implement a school-based peer support program for students experiencing grief. Learn more


Frances Fowler Wallace Awards

The foundation gives the Frances Fowler Wallace Memorial Award for Mental Health Dissertation Research to eligible doctoral candidates at institutions of higher education in Texas. Learn more about recipients Ijeoma Madubata and Kate Magnuson.


Hogg Foundation receives first advocacy for archives award

The foundation is awarded the inaugural Advocacy for Archives award by the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board. The Advocacy for Archives Award recognizes significant contributions made by individuals or organizations toward ensuring the preservation and availability of Texas’s historical records. Learn more

December 2020


Mental Health Guide, 5th ed.

We prepare a new edition of A Guide to Understanding Mental Health Systems and Services in Texas, our comprehensive guide to the Texas mental health system. Learn more


Chan Zuckerberg Initiative launches

The foundation announces its partnership with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The goal is to help advance racial equity and support student mental wellness in communities most impacted by COVID-19. Learn more

February 2021


Mourning Stephany J. Bryan

In February 2021, we suffered the loss of Stephany J. Bryan to COVID-19. A tribute video is made to honor her memory. Watch


Healthy Minds Grants, 2021

The foundation awards $42,500 for the Central Texas African American Healthy Minds grants. Ten organizations are chosen to support mental health and wellness among African Americans in the Central Texas area.  Learn more

March 2021


Hogg History: Ima Hogg Scholarships

We explore the history of the Ima Hogg Scholarships, one of our oldest initiatives. Learn more


Hogg Launches Instagram account

To reach more about mental health and well-being awareness, we launched our official Instagram account. If you haven’t already, follow us.

May 2021


“Into the Fold” joins the Texas Podcast Network

Our biweekly podcast, Into the Fold, joins the newly launched Texas Podcast Network. Learn more


Austin Area African American Behavioral Health Network meeting

Pastor Kyev Tatum of New Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Worth delivers a presentation: “Don’t Let Nothing Stop You: Fighting Fair for Health Justice and Change.” Pastor Tatum uses his experience as a collegiate wide receiver and civil rights activist to lead change and demand equity. Watch

June 2021


Hogg Foundation joins Texas Equitable Vaccine Uptake Fund

A photo of a vaccine center for Texas Equitable Vaccine Uptake Fund postWe contributed $100,000 to the Texas Equitable Vaccine Uptake Fund. The Fund supports efforts across Texas to address vaccine equity and barriers to access among historically excluded groups. Learn more


Wallace Award: Danielle Lauricella-Ketring

Danielle Lauricella-Ketring is awarded a 2021 Frances Fowler Wallace award for her dissertation about the effectiveness of mindfulness for women survivors of intimate partner violence. Learn more

July 2021


2021 Ima Hogg Scholars

2021 Ima Hogg ScholarsTwenty Ima Hogg Scholarships are awarded to graduate social work students who have committed to joining the mental health workforce. Learn more

August 2021


Well-being in Rural Communities enters second phase

The foundation awards $3.75 million in grants to five organizations for the second phase: implementation of the Collaborative Approaches to Well-being in Rural Communities initiative. Learn more

Learn More

The Hogg Foundation isn’t just a funder. We are tirelessly committed to influencing the broader conversation around mental health and well-being. Stay up-to-date with these resources.

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