Developing & Supporting Powerful Community Health Collaboratives

Developing & Supporting Powerful Community Health Collaboratives


About Build Healthier



Build Healthier is comprised of tools and resources designed to help initiate, enhance, and support Mayor’s Health and Fitness Councils (MHFCs) and School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) in communities throughout Texas. Build Healthier is designed to encourage collaboration within your community, and empowers you to drive local efforts towards creating a culture of health for all of your neighbors.




About Build Healthier



Build Healthier is comprised of tools and resources designed to help initiate, enhance, and support Mayor’s Health and Fitness Councils (MHFCs) and School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) in communities throughout Texas. Build Healthier is designed to encourage collaboration within your community, and empowers you to drive local efforts towards creating a culture of health for all of your neighbors.



The Model



Build Healthier offers three tiers of capacity-building assistance, allowing you to choose the level of support needed to help achieve the goals of your community health collaborative, during any stage of development. Whether your collaborative is well-established or emerging, we can help! Your collaborative may benefit from assistance in a variety of areas. Here are some examples:

  • You’re having trouble recruiting/retaining health council members
  • You want to revive your school’s SHAC and need help walking through the steps
  • Your coalition wants to learn ways to engage elected officials and start a Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council
  • You would like to connect with other health collaboratives throughout Texas and share best practices
  • You want help implementing IT’S TIME TEXAS programs in your community

Mayor’s Health & Fitness Councils


A Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council (MHFC) is structured to bring together key community stakeholders and city leaders, as well as local individuals, organizations, agencies, churches, and businesses that share the vision of a healthier community. Residents benefit greatly when health and wellness initiatives are driven from the local community with local leaders delivering solutions and providing healthy opportunities based on the unique environment, culture, and needs of the community.

Build Healthier is committed to supporting the development of MHFCs in Texas! Click here to learn more.


School Health Advisory Councils


Did you know every school district in Texas is required to have a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)? Working in collaboration with the Texas Action for Healthy Kids (TAHK) SHAC Leadership Team, we’re proud to be a part of the SHAC-in-Action: Partnering for Healthy Kids project, which has put together a collection of tools, resources, online workshops and best practices from districts across the state designed to help create, enhance and provide on-going support to SHACs throughout Texas.

Click here to learn more about the SHAC-in-Action: Partnering for Healthy Kids project and to access best-in-class SHAC tools, resources, and support.

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Build Healthier Spotlight
Harlingen, Texas



“I heard Dr. Baker Harrell speak about Mayor’s Fitness Councils and we broke up into city groups to talk about what steps we could take to create a healthier city… The group from Harlingen agreed with Dr. Harrell that it was time to do something, and we were excited to try to create a Mayor’s Fitness Council. After that meeting, I checked with our Mayor Chris Boswell, and he was interested also! We met later that month to come up with a plan, presented it to Mayor Boswell in August, and the Mayor and City Commission created the Mayor’s Wellness Council officially in September! The team committed to the Mayor’s Fitness Council here motivates me – they believe that if we work together, we really can make sustainable changes to the health of Harlingenites!”
– Judy Quisenberry, Grants Director, Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation