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Our Mission to Integrate Care and Improve Health

Humana and the University of Houston have launched a strategic partnership to train future health care leaders with a focus on providing holistic, collaborative care to improve health outcomes. The Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute at the University of Houston (Humana Institute) fosters interprofessional team-based care in the colleges of medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, and social work.

This collaboration will graduate health care professionals who are skilled in advancing population and community health and have a propensity for working with the underserved. 

We are excited to welcome Dr. Lechauncy Woodard as the new Humana Institute Director.

LeChauncy D. Woodard, M.D., M.P.H.


Humana Institute Director

LeChauncy D. Woodard, M.D., M.P.H., is the Humana Institute Director and a University of Houston College of Medicine faculty member. Dr. Woodard is responsible for leading the Humana Institute’s mission and contributes to paving the future of research and innovation for the UH College of Medicine.

Dr. Woodard is nationally recognized for her extensive research geared towards understanding and medically serving diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, veteran and clinical populations. Her passion for exceptional health care is evidenced in her active contributions to medical journals, peer-review workshops, and published research in over 35 publications. Dr. Woodard’s track record of primary care research, teaching, and student mentorship highlight her ongoing passion for enabling the future of primary care providers with the latest advances in medicine to ensure their career success.

Dr. Woodard earned a B.A. from Texas A&M University and her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Primary Care Research at Baylor College of Medicine and earned a Master’s of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

Research, Education and Community Transformation

The Humana Institute will produce high impact research that changes policy, facilitates innovative educational programs that prepare future generations of health care providers and creates novel programs that support community transformation. It will integrate social and medical data to drive evidence-based practices and test the efficacy of new health care models in real-world settings. These activities will compel the health care system to become safer and more effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered.

The Humana Institute’s location within the University of Houston College of Medicine and in close proximity to biomedical, clinical, population health, and behavioral health scholars will stimulate meaningful collaboration. These cross-disciplinary teams will harness UH’s research expertise and the Humana Institute’s data and clinical partners to tackle the most pressing and complex health care problems.

  • Research

    Groundbreaking research will span health services research, translational research, quality improvement, safety, population health, community-based participatory research and social determinants.

  • Education

    Research conducted by the Humana Institute will inform its coordinating and supporting role in facilitating the establishment of new educational initiatives, which may include new master’s degrees, certificate programs, intensive courses, and workshops. These will elevate the health system’s science education practitioners and students at the College of Medicine and the other UH health professions colleges.

  • Community Transformation

    Finally, the Humana Institute will work to improve the health of populations by engaging communities and practices. Through community partnerships, the Humana Institute will provide research to the public, connect patients with community resources and implement continuous learning within community practices.