We advance health and healthy living for children and families through cutting-edge research, innovative community-based programs, and dissemination of evidence-based practices.
Healthy children in a healthy world.
The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at the UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin was founded in 2006 with a vision of ‘healthy children in a healthy world, and a mission to advance health and healthy living for children and families through cutting-edge research, innovative community-based programs, and dissemination of evidence-based practices.
The Center is comprised of 29 School of Public Health faculty who focus on behavior change, epidemiology, health economics, and biostatistics. The Center is dedicated to new discoveries in child and family health, with current programmatic foci on obesity prevention, nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco use. The Center also provides professional education and community service through student training opportunities and by hosting community and scientific forums.
In August 2018, the Center received renewed 4-year funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. As part of the new 2018-2022 Center Scope of Work, the Center intends to Create new research ideas and enable a workforce through public health student training; Communicate data-driven and evidence-based products and outcomes to researchers and policymakers; and Connect with other public health organizations, community organizations, and legislators/policymakers.
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Our Commitment to Diversity
The Center recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are instrumental components of its mission to advance health and healthy living for children and families. To this end, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee seeks to work with Center and Austin Campus leadership team to examine existing campus and workplace culture as well as develop and share best practices to foster an open and inclusive environment. The primary goal of the committee is to ensure a diverse, healthy, and safe campus culture that promotes respect and inclusion of individuals from all backgrounds, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
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