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UTMBThe University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) opened in 1891 as the nation’s first public medical school and hospital under unified leadership and the first medical school in the state of Texas. Today, UTMB is a major academic health sciences center of global influence, with schools of medicine, nursing, health professions, and graduate biomedical sciences; a world-renowned research enterprise; and a growing, comprehensive health system with hospitals on three campuses and a network of clinics. UTMB has a $3.3 billion annual statewide economic impact, in terms of business volume, personal income and durable goods purchases. More than 42,000 jobs in Texas are directly or indirectly attributed to UTMB. UTMB’s four schools are joined by three institutes for advanced study; a major medical library; a network of hospitals and clinics that provide a full range of primary and specialized medical care; and numerous research facilities. UTMB's mission is to improve health for the people of Texas and around the world. It strives to achieve this mission through four strategic goals focusing on people (invest in the success of our workforce); value (deliver high-quality outcomes that improve education, research and health care delivery); strategic management and growth (pursue the greatest opportunities to help define the future of health care); and resources (secure the necessary resources to support our work). UTMB is a part of The University of Texas System and a member of the Texas Medical Center. 

PAHOPan American Health Organization (PAHO) is the specialized international health agency for the Americas. The organization works with countries throughout the region to improve and protect health. PAHO cooperates with its member countries to fight communicable and non-communicable diseases and their causes, to strengthen health systems, and to respond to emergencies and disasters. PAHO is committed to ensuring that all people have access to the health care they need, when they need it, with quality, and without fear of falling into poverty. To advance this goal, PAHO promotes technical cooperation between countries and works in partnership with ministries of health and other government agencies, civil society organizations, other international agencies, universities, social security agencies, community groups, and other partners. PAHO promotes the inclusion of health-in-all public policies and the engagement of all sectors in efforts to ensure that people live longer, healthier lives with good health as their most valuable resource. Under the leadership of its 52 member countries and territories, PAHO sets regional health priorities and mobilizes actions to address health problems that respect no borders and that, in many cases, jeopardize the sustainability of health systems. PAHO wears two institutional hats: it is the specialized health agency of the inter-American system and also serves as a regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO), the specialized health agency of the United Nations. From its Washington, DC, headquarters, 27 country offices and three specialized centers in the region, PAHO promotes evidenced-based decision-making to improve and promote health as a driver of sustainable development. 

OXFAMOxfam is a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. The organization helps people build better futures for themselves, hold the powerful accountable, and save lives in disasters. Oxfam’s mission is to tackle the root causes of poverty and create lasting solutions. It envisions a just world without poverty and strives to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and social injustice. Oxfam’s approach is about tackling the conditions that cause poverty in the first place, rather than the distribution of material goods. They begin start by asking questions and challenging assumptions. What are the root causes of poverty? What can we do to change the power dynamics that keep people poor? These questions inform the four categories into which Oxfam’s work falls:

  • Saving lives: Oxfam assists the poorest communities when disaster strikes, but is also working to ensure greater local resilience and the capacity of local responders and governments to deliver disaster response
  • Overcoming poverty and injustice: Oxfam invests in programs to help people assert their rights so that they can improve their lives
  • Campaigning for social justice: Oxfam works to change the laws and practices that keep people trapped in poverty
  • Educating the public: As part of its efforts to overcome poverty, Oxfam works to change the way people think about poverty and its causes
EHFEpiscopal Health Foundation (EHF): Rooted in faith and active in hope, the Episcopal Health Foundation believes ALL Texans deserve to live a healthy life -- especially the poor and those with the least resources. Texans are in crisis. The state ranks near the bottom when it comes to the health of parents, children and families. Texas has the greatest number of people without health insurance in America. Too many Texans die prematurely from heart disease and strokes. The number of Texas children suffering from asthma is big enough to fill every seat in Houston’s NRG Stadium eight times over. What EHF is doing about it? EHF believes we need a new approach that addresses health from all angles. EHF is committed to help lead this transformation to create healthier communities, and demonstrate our faith by caring for the health of our neighbors. The foundation invests millions of dollars in organizations, programs, and church projects that improve the health of the 10 million people living throughout the 57-county region served by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. EHF believes ALL Texans should be able to live in neighborhoods that enable children and families to thrive. We believe ALL Texans should be able to receive high-quality, affordable medical care when and where they need it. 

TMCThe Texas Medical Center (TMC) contains 54 medicine-related institutions, with 21 hospitals and eight specialty institutions, eight academic and research institutions, four medical schools, seven nursing schools, three public health organizations, two pharmacy schools and a dental school. All 54 institutions are not-for-profit. Among the affiliated medical schools are UTMB,  the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, and Texas A&M College of Medicine. More heart surgeries are performed at the Texas Medical Center than anywhere else in the world with 13,600 annually. Each year 180,000 overall surgeries are performed – that equates to one surgery every three minutes. Over 25,000 babies are delivered each year, equal to more than one baby every 20 minutes. The TMC offers over 9,200 total patient beds. An average of 3,300 patient visits are recorded at the TMC each day, and over eight million annual patient visits, including over 18,000 international patients. The TMC has over 750,000 ER visitors every year. In 2011, the center employed over 106,000 people, including 20,000 physicians, scientists, researchers and other advanced degree professionals in the life sciences. 

HILSCHouston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative (HILSC) is a network of immigration service providers. HILSC brings together Houston’s best and brightest non-profit and legal minds to:
  • Increase the capacity of immigration legal services providers and increase the number of such providers equipped to provide high-quality, low-cost services to immigrants
  • Improve and streamline immigrants’ ability to access existing social and legal services;
  • Be a source of timely and accurate information for both stakeholder groups and potential clients of immigration service providers
  • Develop new funding sources for immigration service providers

The collaborative plays a critical convening, coordinating, and communication role in the legal services community. Through its work, more immigrants are receiving low-cost, high-quality legal services for immigration issues in Houston. HILSC’s work has become even more urgent in 2017, as the executive orders on immigration have dramatically increased the demand for immigration legal services as well as education and outreach efforts in Houston’s diverse immigrant communities. The collaborative is a supporting organization of the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF). GHCF provides critical organizational support and makes up the majority of HILSC’s Board of Directors. The collaborative is also supported by a 15-member executive committee, all members of the non-profit and funding community in Houston.

The Office of Health Policy & Legislative Affairs (HPLA) advances UTMB’s education and research mission by strengthening research, innovation, decision-making, and relationships in all matters related to health policy. HPLA works to further UTMB’s knowledge and communication on health policy issues including workforce, access, reimbursement, reform, and community engagement-- through data management, research, decision-support and leadership. The office works to advance innovative models to improve access to health care that proves effective in improving health and cost-efficient.

Center for Global & Community Health (CGCH): Global Health at UTMB trains health professionals to work with vulnerable populations at home and abroad. We provide cutting-edge interprofessional learning opportunities working with our long-term partners to provide safe, well-supervised, and meaningful international electives for our learners. UTMB has field sites in the Dominican Republic, Jordan, Kenya, Peru and Uganda. The collaborative projects our trainees participate in add significant value to our partners, which maintains UTMB's status as an innovator in global health education.

Behavioral Health and Research (BHAR), Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob/Gyn): Behavioral Health and Research Division (BHAR) of UTMB’s Department of Ob/Gyn is a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and public and mental health professionals dedicated to promoting the behavioral health and well-being of youth, women and community systems. BHAR conducts funded research on the behavioral and psychosocial aspects of adolescent and women’s health across the lifespan; provides comprehensive and integrative psychological services to adolescents, women, couples, and families; trains the next generation of health care professionals in incorporating evidence-based psychological principles in translational research and patient care; and develops and implements evidence-based prevention programs that promote healthy relationships and decrease risk behavior.

The Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health (PMCH) at UTMB strives to promote human health and function through population health research and education, and the provision of evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion services. Our education programs include master’s and doctoral programs in public health, clinical science, population health sciences and rehabilitation sciences, as well as a public health track for medical students. Residency programs in PMCH train physicians to provide health care with an added focus on the promotion, prevention, and maintenance of health and well-being. Program offerings include aerospace medicine, public health and general preventive medicine, and occupational medicine. PMCH conducts clinical, population, and outreach and educational research, funded by a variety of agencies and organizations. The department operates several clinics and services, including the Aerospace Medicine Center, bioastronautics group, biostatistics statistical consulting, and the porphyria center. All of PMCH programs share a focus on disease prevention and health promotion and restoration.

Hispanic Center for Excellence (HCE) promotes promotes excellence in healthcare for the people of Texas. We recruit and mentor a diverse population from across Texas into medical school and help to provide the resources and support to graduate linguistically appropriate, culturally competent bilingual physicians to better serve the healthcare needs of all Texans. Recruit and mentor students into medical school that reflect the population of Texas. Their three primary goals include: 1) Develop, educate, and foster the linguistic and cultural growth of medical students (as it pertains to the practice of medicine) to better serve the needs of all Texans. 2) Support and mentor a diverse (medical/healthcare) faculty, particularly junior faculty, in order to provide our students with mentors that mirror the student population and the population of Texas. 3) Disseminate, educate, and support Hispanic health news, education, and research.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) promotes an inclusive environment that actively values diversity among UTMB students, faculty and staff, as well as the broader community. This is accomplished by working to establish a comprehensive and systemic set of actions which infuse diversity and inclusion into the core aspects of the UTMB mission. The office convenes the UTMB Diversity Council which represents the cornerstone of UTMB’s diversity and inclusion process. Council membership leads and supports programs and practices which reinforce the nine goals outlined in the diversity and inclusion strategic planning for the university.