Texas Epidemic Public Health Institute

Linking together talent, infrastructure and resources to assemble a public health reserve workforce, and ensuring Texas is on the forefront of pandemic readiness and response.

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What is TEPHI? 

The Texas Epidemic Public Health Institute (TEPHI) at UTHealth has been created to collaboratively prepare Texas better than any other state for the next public health threat by creating a Public Health Reserve. TEPHI is based on a “National Guard” model for pandemic response, including workforce and infrastructure preparedness, and an integrated research program on the long-term chronic health impacts of a pandemic, including COVID-19.

What does TEPHI do?

  • Prepare Texas for the next emerging infectious agent or pandemic, and the resulting public health emergency by designing, piloting, and collaboratively launching a statewide response plan that is strategic, effective, efficient, and balanced.
  • Research the long-term chronic health issues of COVID-19 patients.
  • Organize partners to be a highly collaborative center. 
  • Sustain the ability of Texans to live safely and work effectively through the next pandemic.

Who does TEPHI include? 

  • Department of State Health Services
  • Department of Emergency Management
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Local Public Health Authorities
  • The 6 schools of UTHealth, lead by UTHealth School of Public Health, leveraging its 6 regional campuses across the state
  • University partners

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