The social and structural drivers of health — the things in life like access to financial resources, job opportunities, healthy food and education — matter as much to a person’s health as visits to the doctor or stays in the hospital.
Work in the healthscape extends beyond the four walls of the clinic to improve health in the landscape of people’s lives, helping them get and stay healthy wherever they are and contributing to building healthy, resilient communities across Central Texas.
From developing sustainable approaches to care for those without homes to delivering cancer screening kits right to people’s front doors to testing the effect of empathy-based friendly phone calls on loneliness, we’re meeting people where they are.
Together with those in our community, we’re thinking about new ways to support health beyond the clinic. Part of this work includes exploring economic models that reward programs that help people get and stay healthy.
Maninder “Mini” Kahlon, Ph.D., Vice Dean, Health Ecosystem