With a shared goal of better health for the people of Austin and Travis County, Dell Medical School and Central Health — the health care district serving Travis County — are partnering to create new models of care that improve outcomes, increase prevention and allow taxpayer funding to serve more people more effectively.
In 2014, the University of Texas created the medical school with an ongoing $35 million annual investment from the Community Care Collaborative, the nonprofit partnership of Central Health and Ascension’s Seton Healthcare Family. This came less than two years after Travis County voters approved a tax increase to support the medical school and other health-related priorities.
Working together, Dell Med and Central Health are already creating positive results that show the investment in the medical school is working to improve health and increase access for those who need it most.
Progress in 2017
- Through Dell Med and Seton’s expanding graduate medical education program, the number of medical residents and fellows providing care in Travis County grew from 218 in 2012 to 287 in August 2017; it is projected to grow past 300 by 2020.
- Six residency programs operate in CommUnityCare Health Centers: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Dermatology. The programs include 130 residents and 49 faculty members.
- All of the medical students in the first class are working in community hospitals and clinics, including those that help comprise Travis County’s health care safety net. Several students lead volunteer efforts to improve health across the community, especially among the underserved.
- Dell Med’s Department of Women’s Health steered the redesign of a prenatal and postnatal care system, helping women with low incomes or without insurance. Through the redesign, every patient accessing prenatal care benefits from a high standard of care — regardless of her ability to pay.
- The school works with a wide range of state and local partners to change the way the community cares for those experiencing mental health issues, in part by integrating mental health care into primary and specialty care to make these services more accessible.
- Dell Med’s Center for Place-Based Initiatives collected nearly 100 ideas from the community for addressing serious health priorities. Ten of those grassroots ideas are being developed by the Department of Population Health.
- Dell Med recruited academic leaders specializing in cancer, neurological disease and mental health — all areas of need in our region.
While still in startup mode, Dell Med is making progress through formative partnerships and programs, especially for people with low incomes and for historically underserved communities.
For details on how the Dell Medical School and Central Health are using a transformative public investment to improve heath in Austin and Travis County, read the partners’ annual joint report.