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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. 
Doctors for ChangeDoctors For Change (DFC) believes that healthcare providers have a unique ability and responsibility to advocate with their patients for improvements to the healthcare system. DFC serves as an educational resource and forum in which healthcare providers, students, and community members can advocate locally and statewide. Our programs and advocacy efforts fall under the umbrella of one of four focus areas: access to care, mental health, anti-human trafficking, and access to a healthy lifestyle. For instance, in partnership with the Houston Public Library, our ‘Doc Days’ program brings physicians and students into a local library on a Saturday to provide information on healthy Leving, health coverage options, and cooking demonstrations. The mental health committee offers trainings to primary and secondary school teachers on how to identify students with mental health needs, such as attention deficit disorder and depression. Additionally, the anti-human trafficking committee has created and offers training to healthcare providers and medical students on the prevalence of human trafficking, signs that their patient may be a victim, as well as how to safely intervene when a victim has been identified.

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

tmc_health_policy_cmyk-01The Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute was established to inform, define and lead health policy, with the goal of developing the most effective solutions to improve the health of diverse populations around the globe. Utilizing expertise across the Texas Medical Center’s 61 member institutions, the TMC Health Policy Institute addresses fundamental health policy issues important to Houston, the state and the nation. Learn more at www.tmc.edu/health-policy/.

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.