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Helping Everyone Achieve
a LifeTime of Health

We Are Committed
to health-equity science

The communities we serve face many challenges and our primary mission is to conduct innovative research that presents novel prevention and intervention strategies to combat a broad range of health disparities such as obesity, substance abuse and cancer.

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FY2020 By the Numbers

  • $895KTotal External Research Expenditures
  • 15Federal Proposals Submitted
  • 61Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
  • 84Research Presentations and Abstracts

The HEALTH Research Institute leverages an interdisciplinary group of researchers at the University of Houston to advance science capable of meeting the health needs of the Houston community and beyond. HRI membership currently spans 9 colleges and 14 academic units.

Education - 7


Engineering - 1


Law - 1


Liberal Arts & Social Sciences - 6


Medicine - 4


Natural Sciences & Mathematics - 1


Pharmacy - 1


Social Work - 3


Technology - 1

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We Learn From the Community
for the community

By leveraging expertise from interdisciplinary scientists across six academic units and input from the community, we apply scientific capabilities and determine solutions to address the health needs of neighborhoods in Houston, the state of Texas and beyond.

Community-Engaged Research

The HEALTH Research Institute advances a community-engaged research model that rapidly disseminates scientific breakthroughs designed to mitigate, and ultimately eliminate, community-identified health challenges in metropolitan Houston and beyond.



The 5 Step HEALTH Research Model illustration. Step 1: Biomedical Science. Step 2: Community-Engaged Clinical Trials and Behavioral Science. Step 3: Stakeholder Dissemination. Step 4: Organization and Community Impact. Step 5: Collective Impact.


We Partner With the Community
to solve complex problems

Through active and equitable partnerships with our community advisory boards, stakeholders, elected officials and community members, we are uniquely positioned to eliminate health disparities through multi-site cooperative trials, public health initiatives and activities that are embedded in the cultural fabric of the communities we serve.

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