A Comparison of Resilience, Collective Efficacy, and Health in Two Historically African-American Neighborhoods in Houston, Texas

Location: Houston, Texas

PROJECT SUMMARY: The Greater Third Ward and Sunnyside neighborhoods in central Houston, Texas, are two urban, historically African-American neighborhoods with relatively high levels of poverty. But talk to the residents, and a portrait of two very different neighborhoods emerges—one (Third Ward) low-income but thriving, with community organizations dedicated to ensuring its survival and preventing looming gentrification, and the other (Sunnyside) low-income and struggling, with high rates of violent crime and disorder. This research proposes to explore, through a mixed-methods design, the differences between the neighborhoods of Third Ward and Sunnyside regarding resilience and collective efficacy, and the health impact of these differences. The findings from this research will provide critical information on the services and resources that are needed to build resilience and improve health in the Sunnyside neighborhood.

A Comparison of Resilience, Collective Efficacy, and Health in Two Historically African-American Neighborhoods in Houston, Texas
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[Pictured from Left to Right]

  • Felicia Jackson, MA, Manager of Family Support Services, Houston Area Urban League, Houston, Texas
  • Quianta Moore, JD, MD, Scholar in Health Policy, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • Rachel Kimbro, MA, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Rice University, Houston, Texas
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