Project Measure Up
Children in Texas are getting heavier and heavier. In fact, the percentage of children overweight in Texas was greater in 2001 than the national percentage. In Bexar County we are following the trend of the State as the prevalence of overweight and obesity continues to rise.
Traditionally, childhood obesity prevention programs have been focused in school settings, since nearly all children ages 5 to 18 spend a significant part of their day in school. The importance of regular surveillance of school programs, community initiatives, and policies as they relate to impacting child health is crucial to supporting the overall goal of decreasing the number of overweight and obese youth. Without a unified surveillance system, efforts will remain fragmented and local leadership will have trouble identifying and supporting successful anti-obesity initiatives. In response to a request from several health care funders, The Health Collaborative addressed this need through the development of Project Measure Up.
The goal of Project Measure Up is to decrease the prevalence of youth overweight and obesity in Bexar County by providing leadership in planning and partnership related to surveillance research of the impact of school-based programs targeting youth obesity prevention.
Project Measure Up is accomplishing this by:
- Working with Bexar County independent school districts and Region 20 Education Service Center to meet the unfunded mandates established by Texas State Senate Bill 530.
- Training and maintaining the Project Measure Up Volunteer Corps to conduct the assessments.
Bexar County Health Collaborative
The health of our community affects our city image and our ability to attract new businesses and welcome visitors to our beautiful home, the City of San Antonio.
The mission of The Health Collaborative is to improve community health through collaborative means. The organization provides leadership in identifying the health concerns of Bexar County residents and in evaluating, developing, funding and implementing health improvement initiatives.
The Health Collaborative began informally in 1997 when the city’s major healthcare organizations agreed to put aside their competitive business practices to conduct a comprehensive health needs assessment. In 2000 the organization evolved into an incorporated, nonprofit entity with a long-range strategic plan.
Members of The Health Collaborative include Baptist Health System, the Bexar County Department of Community Investment, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health Care, Community First Health Plans, Methodist Healthcare, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, University Health System, WellMed, the YMCA of Greater San Antonio and a community representative.
The Bexar County Community Health Assessment continues to be a major initiative of The Health Collaborative. The assessment serves as a comprehensive report of local health, guiding community efforts. The Health Collaborative compiles and publishes the assessment as a gift to the community with the understanding that the more the community knows about its health status, the more able the community will be to take collaborative action to improve it.
This data combined with the dedication and vision of our members has helped San Antonio become a more health conscious city with much greater emphasis on health prevention and improvement.
Programs of the Health Collaborative include:
- Project Measure Up, a youth overweight and obesity prevention program
- Young Minds Matter, a screening program to provide help for children at risk for behavioral health problems
San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative, an initiative to increase the awareness of health literacy as a core component of
- SA IZSA, ImmuniZe San Antonio is Bexar County’s Immunization Collaborative.
The success of this unusual collaborative approach has positioned The Health Collaborative as a role model for other communities across the country and has earned recognition from many organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Health Task Force.
Meet Our Staff
Allie Everett-Project Coordinator
“What is so fulfilling about Project Measure Up is getting to know all the families around Bexar County and creating rapport with them.”