Recent Publications

Monkeypox Vaccine Distribution and Cases, September 2022


This memo provides an overview of the status of monkeypox cases and the effort to distribute the monkeypox vaccine in Harris County. The memo includes analyses by an individual’s age, race, ethnicity, and precinct. As of September 2, 2022, 6,135 individuals in Harris County received at least one dose of the JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine. Of that total, 84.6% (5,188 individuals) received their first dose, and 15.4% (947 individuals) received their second dose (completing the vaccine series).

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Quarterly Update: COVID-19 Vaccination, September 2022


This memo provides an overview of the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination distribution effort in Harris County between January 2021 to August 2022, including analyses by precinct, age, race, and ethnicity. In response to the slowing changes in vaccine distribution, this memo is released quarterly instead of monthly, with the next release scheduled for December 2022. As of August 28, 2022, 63.1% (2,984,328) of individuals in Harris County were fully vaccinated, meaning an individual has received both doses of either the Modernaor Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This reflects a 1.3% (from 2,945,239 to 2,984,328) increase from June 2022.

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Emergency Service Districts (ESDs) in Harris County


Emergency services districts (ESDs) are special purpose districts that provide critical emergency services to communities in unincorporated areas. Harris County covers1,777 square miles and has a population of 4.7 million residents, with approximately 1.97 million residents living in its unincorporated areas. There are currently 33 ESDs in unincorporated Harris County. Seven districts provide emergency medical services (EMS) services only; 16 districts provide fire only; and ten districts provide both EMS and fire services. This memo summarizes relevant statutes governing ESDs, describes existing ESDs in Harris County, and offers policy options for any changes in service to a resident of Harris County.

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Harris County Attrition and Retention Rates


This memo reports the attrition rate, retention rate, and attrition by employee tenure from FY2014 through FY2022 for select Harris County departments/entities, as well as summarizes key transfers of positions between departments as a part of restructuring within Harris County. For the ten Harris County departments/entities reviewed, 79 employees with 10 – 19 years with Harris County left their positions in FY2022, a decrease from the 94 employees with 10 – 19 years with Harris County who left their positions in FY2021 and the 93 employees who left their positions in FY2020.

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Analysis of Aligned Services Provided by HCPH and HHD


This memo summarizes administrative and technical healthcare services provided by HCPH and HHD and identifies areas of alignment, or areas with shared goals and outcomes, using a framework provided by the US Government Accountability Office. Based on services provided by HCPH and HHD, thirteen areas of alignment are identified: (1) Provide lead-safe housing, (2) Reduce and prevent lead poisoning of children, (3) Improve immunization coverage, (4) Reduce the spread of HIV & STDs, (5) Reduce food waste and food insecurity, (6) Safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children, (7) Improve dental health, (8) Ensure food safety and compliance, (9) Provide epidemiology services, (10) Permit and inspect public pools, (11) Prevent, treat, and control the spread of Tuberculosis, (12) Reduce and prevent substance use, and (13) Provide clinical and preventative health care. The analysis highlights several notable findings, including: For five aligned goals, HCPH and HHD provide services to the same jurisdiction (residents of Harris County and the City of Houston); for ten aligned goals, HCPH and HHD report outcome data for the same service to the same granting agency; and for three aligned goals, HCPH and HHD have an online presence for similar services serving the same jurisdiction.

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