Reuel A. Stallones Building in the Texas Medical Center in Houston
At six campuses across Texas, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health works to improve the state of public health in Texas every day. Each of our campuses is strategically placed to meet the public health education and research needs of the diverse populations across Texas. UTHealth School of Public Health is the only school of public health in the nation with regional campuses.
The main campus, located in the heart of Houston’s Texas Medical Center, offers students unmatched opportunities for research and employment. The School of Public Health’s five regional campuses are in Austin, Brownville, Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio. Each campus has its own faculty and research specialties. Students can attend class at any of the six campuses via Interactive Television (ITV).
UTHealth School of Public Health is one of six schools of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), the most comprehensive academic health system in The University of Texas System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region. In addition to the School of Public Health, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, medicine and nursing. It also includes a psychiatric hospital, multiple institutes and centers, a growing network of clinics and outreach programs in education and care throughout the region.
The School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and the university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
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.
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.
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.
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.
William A. Calo Perez, JD, MPH Fellow, Cancer Education and Career Development
Rohini Sigireddi Intern, Rice University
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.
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.
The fellows received staff assignments to the Texas House Committee on Public Health.
Director Stephen H. Linder, Ph.D. Professor Division of Management, Policy and Community Health Tel 713.500.9494 Fax 713.500.9406 Stephen.H.Linder@uth.tmc.eduBioCV The University of Texas School of Public Health Institute for Health Policy 1200 Pressler, RAS E-1023 Houston, TX 77030