The HEALTH Research Institute leverages faculty expertise in a range of health-related research areas (i.e., alcohol, anxiety, cancers, depression, diabetes, gender difference, social determinants, suicide, tobacco and illicit drugs, etc.). Our relationships with a number of at-risk and vulnerable populations (i.e., African Americans, individuals who are homeless, Latinos/as, LGBT communities, women, individuals with behavioral and mental health care needs, outpatients, Medicaid/Medicare patients, etc.); and our understanding of contributory mechanisms to health-related disparities to forge new opportunities for interdisciplinary research projects collaboration that have the potential to lead in the development of innovative solutions that address a nationally recognized crisis.
Treating Obesity in Underserved Communities in Houston (TOUCH) is a program funded by the UnitedHealth Foundation to help identify residents of Houston's Third Ward and East End at risk for chronic diseases and connect them with programs and services to fully maximize their health potential.
The mission of Taking Texas Tobacco Free is promoting wellness among Texans by partnering with healthcare organizations to build capacity for system-wide, sustainable initiatives that will reduce tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure among employees, consumers, and visitors.
The UHAND Program is a long-term, collaborative partnership between the University of Houston and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center that supports and stimulates excellence in educational programming and innovation in research designed to affect health equity among racial/ethnic groups disproportionately affected by cancer disparities.