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CHAT Logo Culture of Health – Advancing Together (CHAT) envisions a healthy community that is self-sufficient and meets the everyday challenges of living in a diverse society. It strives to foster the health and well-being of immigrant and refugee communities through education, arts, advocacy, and access to care. CHAT adopts a multifaceted approach targeting the social determinants of health through support, networking, and community engagement. Such an approach enables CHAT to improve immigrant and refugee health and well-being by reducing isolation, facilitating acculturation, and connecting resources unlike any other existing organization in Houston.
Doctors for Change Doctors 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.
OXFAM Oxfam 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.
PHR_Logo_Horizontal lockup_RGB For more than 30 years, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has used science and the uniquely credible voices of medical professionals to document and call attention to severe human rights violations around the world. PHR, which shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its work to end the scourge of land mines, uses its investigations and expertise to advocate for persecuted health workers and facilities under attack, prevent torture, document mass atrocities, and hold those who violate human rights accountable. PHR’s Asylum Network is a nationwide initiative of clinicians which provides pro bono forensic evaluations for asylum seekers and advocates for human rights-based immigration policies envisions a healthy community that is self-sufficient and meets the everyday challenges of living in a diverse society.
tmc_health_policy_cmyk-01 The 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/.
UCSD University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

The UCSD Global Health Institute (GHI) is designed to generate new research collaborations and aims to facilitate research, education, and public-private partnerships across diverse disciplines to address global health challenges. GHI core activities include conferences, seminars, hosting visiting scholars, and promoting and/or funding research, training, and advocacy. Our themes of focus include Global Infectious Diseases, Global Health Technologies, Global Mental Health, and Global Migrant/Refugee Health.

The Global  Health Program at UC San Diego is the first of its kind within the University of California system and one of only a handful in North America where students can gain a comprehensive initiation into the exciting and growing field of Global Health. Our program offers diverse training that fosters understanding and ways of addressing processes of health, illness, and healing across the globe.  

The UCSD Center for Global Mental Health (CGMH) seeks to collectively find ways to improve care for mental health. Our trans-disciplinary approach (cultural, biological, climate-environmental, neuroscientific, epigenetic, technological) brings together faculty, students, and communities working toward scientific understandings, evidence-based interventions, and civic-based concerns to advance Global Mental Health.

The Department of Anthropology at UC San Diego offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate level programs in archaeology as well as in biological, social, cultural, psychological, political, and linguistic anthropology. In addition to theoretically oriented course topics, students have opportunities to take courses that focus on specific societies or regions of the world, enroll in the archaeological field school, and study abroad programs in the Middle East, Latin America, and the Mediterranean.
UTSPH UTHealth School of Public Health, a part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), works to ensure that millions of people all over the world lead healthier, more productive lives.We do this by providing a top-tier education to future public health professionals and innovative research leading to major breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of today’s most important health problems. The school has six campuses across Texas: Houston, Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio. Our Houston campus is located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center — the largest medical complex in the world — offering students unmatched opportunities for research and employment. Four departments cover core areas of public health: Biostatistics and Data Science; Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences; Management, Policy and Community Health; and Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences. We offer Global Health certificates to both degree-seeking and non-degree students. Our 10 research centers focus on specialized needs in diverse areas of public health. We have a world-class health promotion center and a premier program for students interested in genetics and epidemiology. Visit sph.uth.edu to discover more about UTHealth School of Public Health.
UTMB The 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. 


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.

The Center focuses on improving the health and well-being of individuals, couples, families, communities, and societies through the prevention of violence. We accomplish this by collaborating with academic, public, and governmental partners to develop and implement evidence-informed screening, prevention, intervention, and policy. The Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Texas Medical Branch was founded in an effort to reduce the burden of violence in Texas and across the United States through research, best practices, policymaking, evaluation, training, and partnerships with community agencies. With support from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Justice, and multiple state and foundation awards, the Center conducts innovative research to prevent multiple forms of violence. It serves as a resource for research, training, and technical assistance for schools, communities, policy-makers, and the general public and supports researchers, advocates, practitioners, and policymakers in violence prevention efforts.

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.
The 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.
Physicians-for-Human-Rights Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) at UTMB is a student-led organization that aims to create a culture of humanitarian concern and awareness in the medical community. Through investigation, dialogue, and activism, this organization hopes to engage medical students and physicians in the intersection between health and human rights from both a local and global perspective.
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.
Our mission at the Office of International Affairs is to support UTMB's research, clinical, and educational endeavors by helping international faculty, staff, and students with their visa/immigration needs. We act as a liaison among university departments, government agencies, private organizations, and the local community. We provide immigration advising and assistance with visa processing. We support our international community by providing cross-cultural activities and experiences. We also provide education and compliance assistance for institutional stakeholders relating to immigration laws and regulations.