Quality Enhancement Plan
Appendix D: QEP Community Partner
Houston Community Non-Profit Organizations and Governmental
||VP for Board
||Planned Parenthood of
Houston & Southeast Texas, Inc.
||Black United Fund of
||Healthcare of the
Homeless - Houston (HHH)
||Director of Health
||City of Houston,
||Trees of Houston
||Houston Habitat For
||Manager of Volunteer
|Robbie K. Blanton
||Women's Resource of
|Walter L. Jones
||Director of Community
|Dr. Jean Herzog
||Executive VP &
||Staff Development and
Volunteer Services Coordinator
||Harris County Public
Health & Environmental Services
||Director of Membership
||Houston Zoo, Inc.
|Roksan Okan Vick
||Curator of Herpetology
||Houston Zoo, Inc. &
Houston Zoo & Rice University Consortium in Conservation
||VP for Grants
||Balor Teen Helath
||President and CEO
||Houston Food Bank
|Dr. Rhea Brown
||Director of Volunteer
||Houston Food Bank
||City of Houston, Dept.
of Health & Human Services
Community Partner Meetings
WELCOME & QEP OVERVIEW: Maryana gave the welcome address and
everyone introduced themselves. Maryana gave an overview of the QEP
which included the purpose, mission, the Center, timeline and the
importance of the inclusion of community partners in the process.
She also briefly described the three ways Rice undergraduate
students have interacted with community constituencies, i.e.,
volunteerism, internships, and research. Emphasis was made on
utilizing students as researchers and the benefits that can be
expected from such a relationship which is different than having
students serve as interns which may only consist of staffing rather
than researching and does not usually serve as academic credit.
Robin gave a briefing on the importance of student engagement in
different forms with the Houston community and built on the
discussion of bringing Houston into the classroom for not only
academic credit but also for personal development. He also
described the process of how the Center will coordinate with the
three constituencies involved in community-based research, i.e.,
students, faculty, and community partners. Peer-to-peer marketing
of QEP projects will be promoted through site visits and junior and
senior mentors who have experience with community-based
INTRODUCTIONS: Each Community Partner described the mission and
function of their organization and what experience they have had
with Rice undergraduate students as well as what research needs
they hope to meet by having Rice undergraduates serve as
- Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
- Bringing Resources, Education, and Connection to
Underserved Neighborhoods. Our philosophy of social service
delivery is to combine the best of business practices with the
best of social service goals.
- No prior experience w/Rice students; need help with
building design processes, short-term impact measure studies,
asset-based community development research.
- Health Policy Office-Brownfields Redevelopment Program, City
- The mission of the Brownfields Redevelopment Program is to
facilitate reuse of eligible properties identified as Houston
brownfields (i.e., abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial
or commercial properties with real or perceived environmental
- Have worked with Rice graduate students and undergraduate
interns; want students to get experience and be involved with
government to promote this field as a possible career path.
- Planned Parenthood of Houston
- Our mission is to ensure the right and ability of all
individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by
providing health services, education, and advocacy.
- Have worked with Rice undergraduate interns; need
assessment studies to determine what services are needed at
various clinics in Texas and Louisiana as well as client
- Black United Fund of Texas, Inc.
- We operate to improve the quality of life in the Black
community. The organization's main thrust is to address the
causes of problems facing the community, consequently to attain
results, in order to stop re-cycling poverty.
- No prior experience w/Rice students; need help with
needs-assessment and asset-based community development studies.
- Houston Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
- We are a nonprofit ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated
to eliminating substandard housing in the City of Houston by
helping low-income families earn simple decent homes in which
to live and raise their children. Habitat homes are sold at no
profit, financed with affordable no-interest loans.
- Have worked with Rice undergraduate students through CIC,
Leadership Rice, and have worked with Stephen Klineberg's class
with his research; considering longitudinal research projects.
- Hermann Park Conservancy
- Our mission is to encourage the development of more
attractive, usable green space in Hermann Park, and to promote
the restoration of the Park to its original standards of
- Have worked with 1 Rice graduate student intern per year;
need help with demographic studies of public use of park space.
- Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston
- The mission of HHH is to promote health, hope, and dignity
for Houston's homeless through accessible and comprehensive
care. Medical services are provided in a community-oriented
primary care model.
- Have worked with Leadership Rice and volunteers. We have an
electronic medical record (EMR) system that coordinates care
among the various participating healthcare service sites by
sharing a single patient record; would like students to
research on how to make EMR more functional and perform annual
needs assessment studies.
- Women's Resource of Greater Houston
- Goals are to help women become economically
self-sufficient, encourage prevention and early intervention of
problems affecting women and children, support programs that
help to develop and improve life skills, actively involve women
in philanthropic decision-making, and educate women about
- The Women's Resource funds research on issues that affect
women, girls, and families. Studies have included health issues
and workplace issues such as child care, leadership skills,
family friendly benefits and the "glass ceiling"; would also
like research done to measure the impact of financial literacy
- Trees for Houston
- We are dedicated to the orderly planting of street trees
along Houston's major arterial streets and freeways. We address
not only the visual enhancement of Houston, but also the urban
forest issues in Houston by working productively with both
private and public sector support.
- Have worked with Rice students through work-study and
internship programs on writing proposals; would like research
done on air quality, quality of life, and carbon credit
- Greater Southeast Management District
- We enhance urban infrastructure and encourage
economic/revitalization development in Houston.
- Have worked with students in Leadership Rice (rewarding for
students but there is a question of accountability).
- Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services
- Our mission is to promote a healthy and safe community by
providing healthcare services to prevent illness and injury and
providing health education.
- Have worked with graduate students in the Professional
Master's Program in Natural Sciences.
- Ronald McDonald House
- Our mission is to offer a home away from home to the
families of children who undergo treatment for cancer and other
serious illnesses at a Texas Medical Center institution.
- Have worked with volunteers and interns.
- Baylor Teen Health Clinic
- The Baylor Teen Health Clinic (BTHC) program operates five
health care clinics and one school-based clinic. The program
provides free and accessible reproductive health services to
adolescent and young adults.
- Have worked with Leadership Rice and have hired Rice
students after they graduate.
- Houston Zoo, Inc.
- We provide superior education and learning opportunities;
promote conservation awareness and action; and provide a fun,
unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation,
knowledge, and care for the natural world.
- Have worked with graduate students in the Action Learning
Program and with undergraduates on independent studies via the
Houston Zoo and Rice University Consortium in Conservation
- TIRR Systems
- TIRR serves as a Model System for interdisciplinary
rehabilitation services, patient care and medical education,
and a center of research.
- Do not recall having worked with Rice students but could
use help with research projects related to policy, systems,
independent living, data analysis, economics, media,
qualitative impact studies on American Disability Act,
development of infrastructure, outpatient studies, and rehab
- Houston Parks Board
- We are committed to creating, improving, and protecting
parkland in Houston.
- Have not worked with Rice with this organization but have
worked with volunteers through Friends of Hermann Park. We
could use help with photography, business, fundraising, air
quality studies, and GIS studies.
- The Ensemble Theatre
- The theater is a nonprofit organization that presents a
repertoire of critically acclaimed dramas, comedies, and
musicals. The theater also has an educational touring program
and a summer young performers training program.
- Have not worked with Rice students but would love to get
students involved in creating their own projects.
- Houston Public Library
- We offer the Houston community a place for learning, access
to innovative technology, creative solutions to information
needs, and empowering personal and professional growth.
- Not sure if we have had experience with Rice students but
could have students design and implement customer satisfaction
- Houston Food Bank
- We are a private, nonprofit organization that seeks food
donations, distributes to local charitable programs, and is a
leader in disaster relief.
- Have worked with Rice volunteers but not sure about
interns; we could use research related to data analysis, design
presentations, and transportation systems.
- City of Houston, Department of Health & Human Services
- HDHHS services include immunizations, prenatal care,
screening for sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis
control. Other services include investigating air pollution
complaints, enforcing the smoking ordinance, licensing and
inspecting food establishments and animal control, disease
investigation, issuing birth and death certificates, and
operating health centers, multi-service centers, and the Harris
County Area Agency on Aging.
- Have worked with student volunteers and communicated via
email answering student questions as well as perform
educational visits to present health topics to students;
deliver GIS maps to the Shell Center for student
research/inquiry; we have several research opportunities in
various health-related areas like epidemiology, demographics of
uninsured immigrants, community health centers, health
- Greater Houston Preservation Alliance
- We promote the preservation and appreciation of Houston's
architectural and cultural historic resources through
education, advocacy, and committed action, thereby creating
economic value and developing a stronger sense of
- Have worked with graduate students via the Action Learning
Project; we could use research relating to public policy and
advocacy, survey of the city's historic resources, develop
business plans/structures, and documentation of oral histories
of community residents.