Institute for Health Policy

IHP

Bridging the Gap Between Policy and Practice

The Institute for Health Policy serves as a catalyst for converting academic research into recommendations for more effective public health policy and better healthcare. Some of the Institute’s current areas of focus include: improving the evidence base of health policymaking, population studies on health needs, enhancing regulatory science and environmental health policy, innovations in inter-professional education for the next generation of health professionals, and access to health care, both nationally and internationally.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Available Position:  Research Associate (Non-Clinical)

An exciting opportunity is available for you to contribute to policy research studies of the Institute for Health Policy (IHP). You will be involved in all phases of policy analysis and
be expected to work closely with IHP leadership in planning research projects, networking with stakeholders, gathering primary and secondary research, creating reports and
communication products, and evaluating dissemination and implementation of policy research.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity please visit  UT Health’s Human Resources website to search current openings.  Reference Requisition Number  141010.

This position will remain open until filled.

About the Center

Purpose

Faced with serious risks to health, rising costs and an overburdened health care delivery system, Texans should be able to rely on their universities to provide new solutions to health problems and to inform the actions of their leaders on health matters. Despite the state’s investment in premier academic health science centers, however, little attention has been given to getting the research findings produced by these institutions to those who often need them the most policymakers and practitioners in a form that they can use.

The challenge of translating technical findings into meaningful actions and alternatives, and then ensuring that these are widely available, is rarely met. Academic researchers typically have neither the resources, nor the know-how to accomplish this effectively. The primary mission of the Institute for Health Policy is to meet this challenge not only by translating research findings into practical advice for problem solving, but also, more generally, by fostering more productive exchanges between the worlds of academic research and of public health problems and policy concerns.

Scope of Work

  • Bridging and Brokering to contribute to improving the health of the public by developing creative ways to bridge the gap between scientific research, practitioners and policymakers and brokering opportunities for mutual support.
  • Analysis to provide useful and reliable knowledge for health policy and problem solving based on both the translation of scholarly work and periodic assessments of health trends throughout the state.
  • Design and Development to develop effective strategies for the design, communication and dissemination of viable policy solutions and to build the collaboration necessary to make those solutions more effective.
  • Education and Communication to equip the next generation of health policy leaders with the skills necessary to use scholarly inquiry and to inform research questions with policy knowledge.

More Efficient Use of Research Assets: “Bridge and Broker”

Having a centralized mechanism for translating research findings and disseminating them to potential users saves each research project the expense of creating its own capacity and learning how to make it work. The Institute is uniquely designed to perform this “bridging” function.

Moreover, when policy issues arise or practical problems become known, instead of relying on haphazard contacts to draw the attention of researchers, the Institute is ideally suited to “brokering” requests to those best able to meet them. As noted, the bridging and brokering can work in both directions. Research findings can also be brokered to potential users, and bridges can be built and maintained between health policy action and academic study.

News

Members can access podcasts by logging in at www.ktexchange.org and clicking on podcasts under KT Tools. Not already a member? It s free and easy to join! Simply click on Create An Account on the right-hand menu at www.ktexchange.org. The site was developed and is maintained by the Institute for Health Policy at The University of Texas School of Public Health.

The Institute for Health Policy has released the comprehensive Health of Houston Survey 2010, the first of its kind in the Greater Houston area

Publications

Reports and Briefs

2010 IHP Annual Report Research Into Action Project  [PDF]

2009 IHP Annual Report Research Into Action Project  [PDF]

2008 IHP Annual Report Research Into Action Project [PDF]

Policy Brief #2007: 1.1 The State of Tobacco Control in Texas – 2007 [Word]

Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Poster: Disparities in Medical Debt and Access to Care [PowerPoint]

A Closer Look at Air Pollution in Houston: Identifying Priority Health Risks (Report of the Mayor’s Task Force on the Health Effects of Air Pollution)[PDF]

Cigarette Taxes and Their Proposed Uses: Support Among Smokers and Nonsmokers in Different Income Groups in Texas [Word][PDF]

Education and Health: A Review and Assessment (taken from Code Red: The Critical Condition of Health in Texas ) [PDF][Related Site]

Health Outcome Databases [Word][PDF]

KTExchange.com postcard [PDF]

Noise Pollution Flyer [PDF]

Noise Pollution Research Summary [PDF]

Partnerships: Analysis and Advice [PowerPoint][PDF]

PASS-CATCH Flyer [PDF]

PASS-CATCH Presentation [PowerPoint]

Public Health Impact of Heat Exposure [Word][PDF]

Research Into Action (RIA) Brochure [PDF]

Research Into Action:  Building A Community of Knowledge Translation Professionals [PDF]

SBIRT Booklet [PDF]

SBIRT Presentation [PowerPoint]

The State of Health in Houston/Harris County Executive Summary 2012   [PDF]

The State of Health Report Houston/Harris County Texas 2009 [PDF]

Translation and Dissemination Paper [Word]

Archives

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The Institute for Health Policy has been an active participant in the following projects:

  • Texas Public Health Policy Forum
  • 2005 BioTexas Summit
  • 2004 Media Science Forum
  • Research!America

Programs

Project on Community Health Worker (CHW) Policy and Practice

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The Project on Community Health Worker (CHW) Policy and Practice purpose is to serve as a statewide and national leadership resource for advancement of the CHW workforce through the provision of research, policy analysis and stakeholder education.

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Health of Houston Survey 2010

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The Institute for Health Policy will conduct, for the first time, a comprehensive health interview survey of the Greater Houston Area.

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Research into Action

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Research Into Action: A Knowledge Translation Initiative seeks to translate public health research into evidence-based policies and programs to enhance the health of communities.

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Air Pollution in Houston

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The Institute for Health Policy played a key role in organizing and coordinating former Mayor of Houston Bill White’s Task Force on the Health Effects of Air Pollution. Along with the report (entitled “A Closer Look at Air Pollution in Houston), the IHP has gathered policy information related to air pollution in Houston.

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IHP Fellows and Interns

William A. Calo Perez, JD, MPH
Fellow, Cancer Education and Career Development

Rohini Sigireddi
Intern, Rice University

 

Fellowships

  • Congressional Budget Office Fellowships, Washington, D.C. Apply directly to Nancy A. Fahey, PHR, in the Congressional Budget Office at Jobs@cbo.gov
  • CBO requires the submission of two (2) employment applications:
    (1) jobs and (2) intern.

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For the past ten years, The School of Public Health has provided support for the Health Policy Fellowship Program to ensure that the teaching and research programs within the School continue to have relevance. Through this program our faculty and graduate students can provide significant resources to government, at all levels, in the development of public health policy. We recognize that schools of public health need to provide students with an opportunity to learn the entire scope of public health, including political and management skills needed for leadership.

As Associate Director of The Institute of Health Policy at The University of Texas School of Public Health, Dr. Stephen Linder coordinates the Health Policy Fellowship Program. He is dedicated to providing students with excellent opportunities for education and research in current state health policy topics and the legislative process.

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More information:

The fellows received staff assignments to the Texas House Committee on Public Health.

Contact Us

Associate Director
Stephen H. Linder, Ph.D.
Professor
Division of Management, Policy and Community Health
Stephen.H.Linder@uth.tmc.edu
Tel: 713.500.9494 | Institute for Health Policy
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The University of Texas School of Public Health
1200 Pressler, RAS E-1023
Houston, TX 77030
IHP Mailing Address
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The University of Texas School of Public Health
P.O. Box 20186
Houston, TX 77225

 

Executive Assistant
Patty Poole
Patricia.A.Poole@uth.tmc.edu
Tel:  713-500-9318 | Institute for Health Policy

 

Faculty and Staff (in alphabetical order)

 

Richard A. Austin, M.A.
Sr. Communications Specialist
Richard.A.Austin@uth.tmc.edu
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Nickalos A. Rocha, M.P.A.
Program Manager
Nickalos.A.Rocha@uth.tmc.edu
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Héctor G. Balcázar, Ph.D.
Collaborator
Hector.G.Balcazar@uth.tmc.edu
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E. Lee Rosenthal, Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H.
Collaborator
Lee.Rosenthal@uth.tmc.edu
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Stephen H. Linder, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Stephen.H.Linder@uth.tmc.edu
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Carl H. Rush, M.R.P.
Collaborator
Carl.H.Rush@uth.tmc.edu
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Dritana Marko, M.D., M.Sc.
Faculty Associate
Dritana.Marko@uth.tmc.edu
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Ken Sexton, ScD., M.B.A.
Collaborator
Ken.Sexton@uth.tmc.edu
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Patty Poole, B.S.
Executive Assistant
Patricia.A.Poole@uth.tmc.edu
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Jacqueline R. Scott, J.D., M.L.
Collaborator
scottjacqueline93@gmail.com
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Tom Reynolds, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Thomas.F.Reynolds@uth.tmc.edu
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Jessica M. Tullar, Ph.D.
Faculty Associate
Jessica.M.Tullar@uth.tmc.edu
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