Summer 2019

Robert Lee Sutherland (RLS) and Well Being in Rural Communities Seminar

On April 23-26 the BHOLD project was invited to attend the annual two-day RLS conference in Bastrop, Texas. The highlight of the conference was well-being in rural communities. Brooks County was one of five grantees highlighted at the conference.

We highlighted Brooks County by displaying a table and providing information about our BHOLD project. The response to our display was positive and helped put Falfurrias on the map!
The two-day conference included sessions to help the collaborative be successful in our community approach to increasing the well-being of Brooks County.

We were excited to have the following community members attend the conference with us: Estella Anzualda, Carson Gates, Crystal Garcia, Dr. Maria Casas, Leonela Garcia, Jesus Longoria, and Yolanda Longoria. BCISD was represented by four students and faculty member Mrs. Margo Martinez.

What have we been doing?

Our last meeting for the BHOLD project was on March 21, 2019. During this time, we met with members from the community to promote our community needs assessment. Dr. Stephen Lenz gave a brief overview of his social determinants model highlighting the areas of focus in the survey.

Since our last update in February, the BHOLD team has been active in the community promoting our community needs assessment. We are excited to have collected over 800 surveys from Brooks County community members. Prior to our needs assessment administration, we met with members of the community to inform them of the process and ask for their input on ways to help administer the survey.

Did You Know?

Did you know we will be starting year two of our BHOLD Project? Year two starts July 1, 2019.
We are excited to end the first year of our project with the Falfurrias Forum and Festival.

Community Forum and Festival

We are in the final stages of our community needs assessment. We received feedback from the community both electronically and via paper survey. Our next step is to present preliminary results of the survey at our community forum on Sunday, June 2 at Falfurrias High School.

At our community forum our BHOLD team will be presenting the results and having the community break off into smaller groups to provide feedback. We will take these results and present them to our coalition members at our next meeting.

After the forum we will celebrate the successes of year one with a community festival celebration.

This event will be free for every person who attends our community forum. We will have
activities for all ages!

What is…

Community Needs Assessment
A community needs assessment provides the community with a framework to help develop and identify services and solutions based one community needs. For Example, The Brooks Co. community assessment asked various questions about areas that make up your community. These results were entered and have produced the top five needs identified by the community.

Community Forum
A Community Forum is an open meeting to the public to have an opportunity speak openly about the findings, rank what is priority for Brooks, and discuss the strengths/assets, challenges, and what a vibrant Brooks County looks like if we address the top needs.



BHOLD Meeting
Join us for our next meeting (open to the public) on July 11, 2019. This will be our first BHOLD meeting of year two. During this meeting we will present more in depth information regarding our community needs assessment. Specific Information on time and location will be set at a later date.

BHOLD Mission, Vision, and Values

BHOLD Vision is that Brooks County is an educated, prosperous, strOng, healthy, and drug-free community.

The mission of behold is to support, advocate, and guide Brooks County residents to be educated, resilient, healthy, and drug-free through continued collaboration with other entities.

Values: Teamwork, Leadership, Inclusive, Accountable, Service and Success.



Erica Woodruff

Erica Woodruff

BHOLD Project Manager
April Anzaldua

April Anzaldua

BHOLD Project Director

Stephen Lenz

BHOLD Project Consultant