Improving the Health & Well-Being of Central Texans
In collaboration with a diverse set of community and University of Texas at Austin partners, the Department of Population Health focuses on improving the overall health and well-being of residents of Austin, Travis County and Central Texas, as well as creating a national model for population health engagement, research and policy.
Areas of Focus
- The department hosts a unique Primary Care, Family and Community Medicine Clerkship in which each Dell Med student spends two years in a continuity community clinic. Students also engage with community organizations helping people overcome social barriers to health and have the option to conduct a population health research project during their third year.
- The department hosts a Family Medicine Residency that prepares physicians to care for families and their communities in a variety of settings and a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship that provides optimum care for patients with sports medicine or orthopaedic conditions.
- The Department of Population Health is home to the Community-Driven Initiatives program, which seeks to support and implement health solutions proposed by and for residents of Austin and Central Texas communities.
- Through the Community Strategy Team, the department works with grassroots leaders, connectors and advocates — each cornerstones of their communities — to rethink strategies for meeting the health needs of underserved people and neighborhoods across Austin and Central Texas.
- The Neighborhood Health Initiative is the department’s community-based, collaborative approach to improving the health of an entire neighborhood and its residents.
The department works with a range of providers, community organizations and other partners to improve health through increasing access to primary care specialties, enhancing public health activities, improving health services, strengthening community-based participatory research and developing health informatics infrastructure for Austin and Travis County.
Graduate Medical Education
Through a T32 award from the National Heath, Lung and Blood Institute, Dell Med and the Steve Hicks School of Social Work offer a postdoctoral fellowship centered on increasing diversity among researchers in behavioral, population and implementation science who focus on promoting equity in cardiovascular health.