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Texas Health Institute works on systems change in many sectors, and we share stories about public health at every level. Our main focus is health disparities and health equity in Texas, particularly rural health issues, access to care for ethnic and gender-diverse communities, and historical inequities that lead to poorer health outcomes.

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Texas Health Institute
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Meet Black Mamas ATX Blog

Meet Black Mamas ATX

In 2022, Texas Health Institute had the opportunity to be the fiscal sponsor for a small but vital nonprofit in Central Texas: Black Mamas ATX, headed by Executive Director Kelenne Blake-Fallon. At our board meeting in November, we were fortunate to hear from her about their approach, success, and continuing

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New Website, New Structure, New Framework

New Website, New Structure, New Framework

Over the past two years, we at Texas Health Institute have been working to develop a better way of sharing our competencies and achievements. Research with partners showed some room for improvement regarding our scope and purpose but deep respect for our high-quality work and commitment to health equity.

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Mission: To advance the health of all. Vision: Healthy people, healthy communities Values: Objectivity, Equity, Efficiency, Innovation Commitment: We are driven by a commitment to health equity—ensuring that everyone has the opportunities they need, free from barriers, to pursue their best health. It centers everything we do and how we do it.

THI’s New Strategic Framework

In the lifecycle of every organization, there is a time to re-evaluate why you exist, how you go about your work, and if what you are doing is having an impact. THI is no different and after more than 60 years in existence, in 2020 we began a process of

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Lessons Learned from Cross-Sector Alignment Efforts

Texas Health Institute was one of seven national finalists to receive a grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) to test their Aligning Sectors Theory of Change. Over the course of two years, THI examined 20 cross-sector initiatives, varying in geography, scope, and size, from across Texas. We share our

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Reflections on the NNPHI Annual Conference

For the first time since 2019, the National Network of Public Health Institutes held its annual conference in New Orleans, LA, May 17-19. Texas Health Institute had one of the largest contingents present, with 11 staff and associates attending: an organizational record for THI. With nearly every attendee masked, and

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Advancing Health and Opportunity in South Texas

Historically, border areas have been neglected in many, if not all, aspects of health care and public health. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, communities along the southern border of Texas experienced disproportionately higher rates of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease, which adversely affected the approximately

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Q&A with Transforward

November is Transgender Awareness Month, a time to celebrate and honor the trans (transgender and gender diverse) community and bring awareness to issues facing trans people. We interviewed several people involved with TransFORWARD: Texas Transgender Health, a collaboration between Texas Health Institute and Equality Texas Foundation, about barriers to health

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Post-Covid Needs of Transgender and Gender-Diverse Adults

Austin—COVID-19 has affected the health, livelihoods, and social lives of people around the world. Marginalized people, including those in the trans and gender-diverse (TGD) community, may be particularly at risk for adverse impacts of the pandemic. To learn more, a team at TransFORWARD has been approved for a $199,936 funding

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