Healthy Texas Institute
A game-changing partnership between Texas A&M Health and AgriLife Extension
About the institute
The Healthy Texas Institute at The Texas A&M University System is the administrative structure behind the Healthy Texas initiative. It’s here to support, incentivize, pilot and evaluate ground-breaking research to ensure we are delivering quality health programming for Texans.
Research findings generated through the Healthy Texas Institute support evidence-based interventions disseminated across Texas communities. The institute also strengthens research collaborations between Texas A&M AgriLife and Texas A&M Health.
A brief history
Over the past four years, the Texas A&M University Health Science Center (Texas A&M Health) and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have led the Healthy Texas initiative, formerly known as Healthy South Texas. This partnership within The Texas A&M University System implements programs and services to reduce preventable diseases and their consequences in 27 counties in South Texas.
Funded initially by the 84th Texas Legislature and subsequently by the 85th and 86th Legislatures, Healthy Texas has enhanced the health of thousands of Texans through prevention education, self-management health programs, health professional education and training, and wellness activities focused on diabetes, nutrition, physical activity, youth outreach and family health. The initiative uses existing infrastructure to reach Texans and improve population health.
The Healthy Texas Institute utilizes Texas A&M’s unique local connections and research capacity to create partnerships that provide prevention, health education and access strategies that will lead to improved health for all Texans.
The Healthy Texas Institute will foster creative and sustainable partnerships across Texas communities that will demonstrate improvement of health outcomes — with an emphasis on the most vulnerable populations — through education, services, research and policy change.
Develop, test and disseminate innovative strategies and interventions that promote a culture of health and improve health outcomes for all Texans.
Work with local, regional and state stakeholders to create dynamic community partnerships that develop and implement solutions to improve health outcomes and mitigate factors that impact population health.
Create a model for sustaining interventions that demonstrably enhance health status, health care cost savings, and efficient delivery of services and programs.
Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives
The Texas A&M University System
Chief Scientific Officer