Promoting well-being in Harris County

For the past year, I have collaborated with a team of policy researchers in several Harris County departments to design a pilot program to divert low-risk mental health and social welfare 9-1-1 calls to a trained, non-law enforcement response team. I have also collaborated with numerous experts and stakeholders to pilot community-based violence prevention programs.

These programs are part of a broader expansion of the role of public health in violence prevention in Harris County. My research identified and outlined best practices for the implementation of these programs, and will inform the evaluation of these initiatives.


  • My department’s report on the implementation of these programs was submitted to the Harris County Commissioners Court.
  • These programs were discussed at length in the Houston Chronicle.
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Colin Cepuran is a political scientist and a policy analyst working in Kalamazoo, MI.