Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Turner and Houston's Health Equity Response (H.E.R.) Task Force to Distribute COVID-19 Essentials
Physician Volunteers and Faith Leaders Will Dispense Free Food, Milk, Masks and Educational Materials to Address Health Disparities in Houston’s Alief Area


July 22, 2020 -- Houston’s Alief community is invited to join Mayor Sylvester Turner, physicians, faith leaders, and other other elected officials for a food and mask distribution.

Event Details
Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Notre Dame Catholic Church, 7720 Boone Road, Houston, Texas 77072.

This event is presented by Mayor Turner’s Health Equity Response (H.E.R.) Task Force with leadership from the Medical Care Subcommittee chaired by Kathy Flanagan, M.D. and the Faith Community Leaders Subcommittee chaired by the Rev. Dr. Iriesha Hilliard and Pastor Steve Wells.

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and intensified health inequities in communities where people were already struggling. Combined with new economic challenges, some of our neighbors now face increased food insecurity as well as difficulty acquiring items to protect themselves from the coronavirus and to maintain general health.

Most urgently, Houston’s escalating cases, hospitalizations and deaths require everyone to Mask up!

Items to be Distributed
Food, milk , masks, COVID-19 pamphlets and medical related educational materials.

Estimated number of family food packages for distribution is 1000 - 2000 or more. The educational materials are available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, Chinese.

Visit to learn about the city’s COVID-19 response, recovery and resources, including free testing sites and answers to frequently asked questions.

The Health Equity Response (H.E.R.) Initiative and Task Force is a vital component of the City of Houston’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery effort launched by Mayor Sylvester Turner in April 2020 as an intervention for vulnerable and at-risk populations. The initiative is led by five Mayor’s Office Division Directors with implementation visioning and support from the H.E.R. Task Force comprised of more than 50 civic leaders. The mayoral appointees to the Task Force include medical specialists, public health professionals, communications creatives, data scientists, technology experts and faith leaders. The H.E.R. Task Force is addressing health inequities and access by accelerating the data-driven, targeted and rapid response for residents in 22 priority Super Neighborhoods, which include Acres Home, Denver Harbor, Eastex-Jensen, Fifth Ward, Gulfton, Independence Heights, Kashmere Gardens, Sunnyside and Third Ward. Chief Response and Recovery Officer Marvin Odum leads the city’s coordinated response to the public health crisis and economic downturn caused by the global coronavirus pandemic.