Mayor’s Office of Complete Communities -Third Ward (Health & Wellness)
Amelia Averyt is a primary care physician in Houston, TX. She graduated from UT Austin where she studied Plan II and Spanish, played club soccer for the UT team, and volunteered at a free health care clinic. She went directly to medical school at Baylor College of Medicine but took one year off to complete a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg school of public health where she focused on community based participatory research and the social and behavioral determinants of health. She completed a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency at Baylor College of Medicine and is currently dual boarded in both internal medicine and pediatrics. She has put her knowledge of and experience with the social determinants of health and population health through advocacy efforts, ongoing volunteer work, and community engagement. She currently is co-president of the advocacy organization Doctors for Change that mobilizes a membership of over 1000 to engage in health policy, health education efforts, and community service, all focused on improving the overall health of Houston’s most vulnerable populations. She also is a co-leader of the Third Ward Complete Communities Health and Wellness work group focusing on addressing unmet mental health needs and food insecurity in Third Ward. At Legacy community health she is a full time primary care physician dedicated to preventative care and management of chronic disease using a whole-person and community-based approach which puts social determinants of health at the center of health care provided. She is also a member of multiple professional organizations including the TMA, HCMS, AAP, ACP, utilizing local, state, and national advocacy channels to use evidence based approaches to improve the quality and equity of health care in Houston and beyond.