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 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 external grassroots leaders, connectors and advocates — each cornerstones of their communities — to rethink strategies for meeting the health needs of medically 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.