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The Center for Health and Environment: Education and Research is a hub for multidisciplinary environmental health sciences research and education. Housed within the Department of Population Health at Dell Medical School, the center brings together experts from the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, College of Pharmacy, Cockrell School of Engineering and College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin.

Elizabeth Matsui, M.D., MHS, leads the work to improve the health of people locally and globally by exploring the effects of environmental exposures borne by air, water and soil. To address health disparities, the center investigates how these exposures disproportionately affect low-income and minority populations.

Areas of Focus

Population health is an important focus for the center since environmental exposures are distributed geographically and have population-scale effects. These exposures perpetuate health disparities by disproportionately affecting low-income and minority populations. The center aims to increase awareness of the population health and disparity implications of environmental exposures with the goal of stimulating the cross-sector, systems-level change needed to improve health. This work involves sectors such as health care, housing, urban planning, economics and environmental policy.

The center rapidly fosters knowledge that improves health by bringing together a critical mass of faculty across disciplines in environmental health. Sponsored activities include an invited speaker series as well as other events to promote engagement and collaboration. The center also aims to engage a range of learners — medical students, undergraduate and graduate students, residents, fellows, faculty and staff — in environmental-health education. The center enables sponsorship of graduate students and interdisciplinary post-docs.

About the Research

Elizabeth Matsui, M.D., MHS, discusses CHEER and her ongoing research.

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