Making a Difference, Here & Beyond
The community invests in Dell Med. In return, it’s our responsibility — one we take seriously — to be agents for change and to show real impact.
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Creating a New Kind of Doctor
We recruit and train physician leaders as comfortable taking on systemic challenges in health as caring for individual patients.
Improving Care. Improving Health.
We’re here to make health — including health care — better. The end goal is a complete revolution in how people get and stay healthy.
Discovery to Impact — Faster
We reward creative thinking and encourage rapid experimentation, using collaborative programs to speed promising research to market.
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Let’s Do Big Things Together
True health demands that the whole work in harmony, which is why we’re dedicated to partnership. Indeed, we can’t achieve our goals without it.
Meet Dell Med
We’re rethinking the role of academic medicine in improving health — and doing so with a unique focus on our community.
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Division of Community Engagement & Health Equity

The Division of Community Engagement and Health Equity in the Department of Population Health forms partnerships, pursues funding for research and programs, disseminates information about the impact of community engagement activities and teaches medical students about engaging communities and addressing the social determinants of health.

Its vision: All who live, work and play in Central Texas are consulted about and are empowered to participate in creating a vital inclusive health ecosystem.

Its mission: To leverage collaborations with community members, organizations, government entities, businesses, policy makers and The University of Texas at Austin to tackle social determinants of health, promote equity and quality of life and improve health outcomes.

Community Health

Through the division, Population Health collaborates with partners to improve the health of a geographic area and its residents through programs like the Neighborhood Health Initiative.

Educational Opportunities

The division promotes training that integrates science and awareness of social determinants of health in a multi-disciplinary environment. Through research, education, policy and clinical practice, Dell Med students have opportunities to gain a complete understanding of the myriad factors that influence the health of individuals.

Through the school’s innovative curriculum and clerkship/community engagement opportunities, medical school students learn about and understand at a deeper level the underlying causes that have led to social exclusion and health inequities. The students also assess and present quantitative and qualitative data pertaining to health status and determinants of health for individuals, families, communities and populations.

Community-Driven Initiatives

Community-Driven Initiatives is a program of the Department of Population Health that seeks to support and implement health solutions proposed by and for residents of Austin and Central Texas communities.