Spring 2021

What have we been doing?

Strategic Plan Update!

We are happy to announce that in late 2020 we completed our strategic plan! Within our strategic plan, we identified our five priority areas: health care access, substance use prevention, mental health and well-being, leadership and success, and social capital. Strategic Interest Groups (SIG) or task force groups were created for each of the priority areas and have begun to move forward with the implementation of different projects within the outlined plan. The strategic plan is available to download on our BHOLD website. If you would like to take part in any strategic interest group (SIG), please visit our ‘Get Involved’ page on our website. Below is an update on each SIG.

Health Care Access

Currently, our health care access group is working on the development of a community resource guide. This guide will have a list of resources available locally as well as within a 60 mile radius. Our hope is that this resource guide will assist people in learning more about resources in the area and how to access them to help meet their health care needs and improve overall well-being. 

Mental Health/Substance Use

We have merged our mental health and well-being/substance use prevention group for most of our activities. Recently we have promoted Mental Health First Aid training to residents in the area. This free training opportunity helps increase knowledge and understanding of how to help a person who is struggling with mental health and/or substance use. 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Our SIG hosted an outdoor movie night at the high school to help promote positive mental health. Alongside Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas (BHSST) and DentaQuest, our SIG showed the Disney/Pixar movie Inside Out. The purpose was to raise awareness on mental health and provide resources for the community in a family friendly way. 

Leadership and Success

Our leadership and success SIG will be hosting a local internship opportunity. The group recruited local high school students to fill out an application for this opportunity. The SIG will select up to five students and place them with a local internship opportunity. This internship opportunity will provide the students with incentives as well as resources such as laptops and stipends to help them be successful in the future. The SIG promoted the leadership program at Falfurrias High School on May 14, 2021. The deadline to turn in applications is Friday, May 21, 2021.

Social Capital

During the meetings, an idea for a park revitalization project was proposed. The collaborative took into consideration accessibility and the locations of other community parks when selecting a project site. Members of the collaborative also interviewed various community members for input. Unanimously, BHOLD members decided the project site would be Lopez Park on Nava Street; this land is currently owned by Brooks County and they have agreed to continue with the development of the walking trail. Currently, we are funding a $100,000 Phase One park revitalization project. Phase One will include a quarter of a mile walking trail. Our hope is this park project will positively impact mental health and well-being.

For more information or updates on our SIG groups, please visit our BHOLD website. 

Did You Know?

Brooks County ISD was recently awarded $100,000 from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to enhance or expand an existing program focused on positively impacting well-being (mental health being a part of overall wellness), improving academic achievement, and providing relief from COVID-19 for students and their families. This funding is a part of a larger funding opportunity received by the Hogg Foundation through the Chan-Zuckerberg Foundation. Congratulations to Brooks County ISD for being awarded this competitive funding!

What is…

Strategic Interest Group (SIG)

You have heard this term throughout our newsletter and in our strategic plan. SIG is a term we are using to identify the groups that are each addressing one of the five main areas of our strategic plan. We will be using this term throughout our newsletters and on our website!

Celebration!!!

We are so excited to share that the BHOLD project will be funded for an additional five years. The Hogg Foundation made the announcement at the all-grantee meeting. The BHOLD project will be receiving $750,000 over the next five years which will enable us to continue carrying out our mission and vision. Congratulations to BHOLD and thank you to the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health for continuing to believe in Brooks County and the work the community is doing to create positive change.

Thank You

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Alliance for Greater Works will not be continuing with us on our journey over the next five years. BHOLD would like to thank Alliance for Greater Works for all of the time, resources, and investment they have put into our project. Many of the wonderful opportunities and training would not have been possible without your help. 

Upcoming Events

BHOLD Meeting – June 2, 2021

BHOLD Meeting – July 7, 2021

Year 4 Kick-Off Event – August 2021

Walking Trail Groundbreaking –  TBD

Mental Health/Substance Use SIG Event- June 4, 2021

 

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.

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BHOLD Team

Erica Woodruff

Erica Woodruff

BHOLD Project Manager
April Anzaldua

April Anzaldua

BHOLD Project Director
Stephen

Stephen Lenz

BHOLD Project Consultant