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The Center for Violence Prevention’s mission is to prevent violence by collaborating with academic, public, and governmental partners to develop and implement evidence-informed screening, prevention, and intervention programs. 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, policy-making, 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 policy-makers 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.
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.
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.
The research program at UTMB’s Department of Family Medicine brings scholarship and methods from the social sciences, bench sciences, and humanities to bear on clinical and educational enterprises. We commit our research, teaching, and praxis to work toward health care justice in its many forms. We seek to be a center of scholarship, activism, inter-professional collaboration, and community engagement. Our orientation to research is the study of the social dimensions of health, health care, and illness and the implications of these dimensions for clinicians and patients. Our researchers and collaborators include social scientists, clinicians, humanities scholars, health policy experts, and population scientists. We conduct research using community-led methodologies on issues such as health disparities and justice, health and human rights, (im)migrant health, work as a social determinant of health, opioids, underrepresented minorities in medicine, and individual, community, and structural violence
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 five 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 innovative education, impactful research, exceptional clinic care, and organization effectiveness. UTMB is a part of The University of Texas System and a member of the Texas Medical Center. 


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.
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.

Guided by the principles of human compassion and dignity, Refugee Services of Texas welcomes refugees, immigrants, and other displaced peoples and supports them in integrating and thriving in their new communities.  

Founded in 1978, Refugee Services of Texas (RST) is a social-service agency dedicated to providing assistance to refugees and other displaced persons fleeing persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group - as well as to the communities that welcome them. RST provides services to hundreds of refugees, asylees, survivors of human trafficking, and related vulnerable populations from over 30 different countries of origin each year. Originating in Dallas, RST now has service centers in Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley, and San Antonio.
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 to discover more about UTHealth School of Public Health.