“Healthy and Whole” Named Secondary Champion of Health

Jan. 30, 2016  

AUSTIN -- The Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) presented its 2016 John P. McGovern Champion of Health Secondary Award to Healthy and Whole, a program that addresses mental health and medical needs of women who have been sexually exploited. TMAF presented the award during 2016 TMA Winter Conference on Jan. 30. The award recognizes exceptional projects that address urgent public health threats and further TMAF’s mission to help physicians create a healthier future for all Texans. 

Up to 40 women a year participate in Healthy and Whole’s wellness-oriented residential program. Healthcare for the Homeless — Houston (HHH) launched the program in 2013. Medical, pharmacy, and public health students volunteer to teach participants about mental and general health. Through exercise and cooking classes, peer support, and medical and pharmacy services, Healthy and Whole also helps women deal with the trauma they have experienced, equipping them to exit prostitution and stay out of the criminal justice system.

“The TMAF’s recognition of Healthcare for the Homeless — Houston’s Healthy and Whole program with the John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award is an incredible honor,” said Andrea Link, MD, Healthy and Whole’s program manager. “This prestigious award will showcase the work we are doing to improve the lives of women with a history of prostitution and trafficking. It also makes it possible for us to look towards replicating the program, helping a marginalized group of women regain healthy living while healing the wounds of sexual exploitation.”

 HHH also promotes health, hope, and dignity for Houston’s homeless people by providing comprehensive care. The organization offers the medical and behavioral health expertise of HHH to Angela House, a residential treatment program for women transitioning into society after incarceration. These women have significant health and psychosocial needs as they recover from the effects of prostitution and human trafficking.

TMAF’s Champion of Health Secondary Award is a $2,500 grant for the winning program. The award is named after John P. McGovern, MD, a philanthropist, scholar, and noted allergist who founded the John P. McGovern Foundation in Houston. Dr. McGovern established a permanent endowment at TMAF to support this award.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 48,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. TMA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the association and raises funds to support the health improvement and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine.

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Please contact the TMA media relations staff for photos of TMAF leaders presenting the awards to the honorees.

Contacts:
Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; e-mail: brent.annear@texmed.org

Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; e-mail: marcus.cooper@texmed.org

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January 30, 2016

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