Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

When Morris County was awarded the Hogg Foundation grant in May 2019, they were also assigned partners to support their efforts to revitalize and promote well-being. The Partners are the Texas A&M College Station, Learning Team and the Alliance for Greater Works.

Our partnership with The Hogg Foundation will help transform how communities promote mental health in everyday life.

Mental health is not solely an individual responsibility but is a product of community conditions. The places where people live, learn, work, play and pray can have a significant impact on improving mental health. Some mental health conditions are exacerbated by medical or clinical barriers, such as the lack of mental health professionals in the state. However, many poor outcomes stem from challenging environmental factors like housing stability, neighborhood infrastructure, and conditions at home, work and school.

Mental health is a concept that should be promoted beyond the walls of health clinics and instead integrated into everyday life (such as out conversations, actions, decisions, and responsibilities.) Community members, leaders and Professionals- from teachers and preachers, to police officers and judges- should understand the importance of mental health and the factors that influence it. Children should be supported by their families, teachers, peers, counselors and administrators in ways that enhance social connection and resiliency. The foundation will take an inclusive approach through which communities, particularly those that have been historically marginalized or excluded, take an active role in identifying and improving conditions that impact mental health.

Hogg Foundation Mental Health Team

Dr. Octavio Martinez

Executive Director

A native Texan and licensed psychiatrist, Dr. Martinez is the fifth Executive Director to lead the foundation since its creation in 1940. He oversees the vision, mission, goals, strategic planning and day to day operations of the foundation. Learn more

Tammy Heinz

Senior Program Officer and Consumer & Family Liaison

Tammy represents the perspectives of consumers of mental health services and their families in the foundation's strategic planning, grant making, programs and policy activities. Learn more

Ricky Ybarro

Senior Program Officer

Rick joined the foundation in 2007 where he serves as Senior Program Officer and leads the Integrated Health Care Initiative and co-leads the Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities initiative. Learn more

The Learning Team

Heather Clark
Emily Martin
MS, C.H.E.S,
Elfreda Samman

Alliance for Greater Works

Angela Johnson
Program Director
Sherrie Willis
Ginny Chandler
Program Manager