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oct-humana-unpacking-box.jpgThe College works with diverse Houston communities to learn about their priorities and develop better health outcomes in Houston – together. To this end, we have partnered with members from Houston’s East End and Third Ward to form Community Working Groups to address issues important to them.

Our community partnerships are built on the following principles:

  • Membership in the groups is open to those who live or serve in the area.
  • Groups meet monthly to discuss health priorities specific to the community, develop ideas to for collaboration, and provide feedback to the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine on future strategies.
  • Health priorities and goals are developed over several meetings by each group. 
    • Community Working Group goals:
      • Discuss issues of power and authority for working groups to be a voice.
      • Utilize existing research.
      • Drive community impact through innovations and collaboration.
      • Accountability, information sharing, and utilizing group assets. 

Community Working Groups

The Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine’s vision to transform population health and health care starts at home, with our neighbors in Houston’s East End and Third Ward. We have established Community Working Groups, comprised of community-based organizations, healthcare and social service providers, churches and other community members, that meet monthly for sharing, learning and aligning our activities with a more collective approach to community health and wellbeing. Our partners help us learn what issues and projects are important to their community and how the Fertitta Family College of Medicine can support their work.

For more information or to join a Community Working Group, contact us at

Become a Partner

We are seeking grassroots, local and regional partners. Partners share our vision of engaging the community to design, implement and refine our approach to community health.

For more information, or if you are interested in partnering with us or joining a Community Working Group, please email us at comcommunityhealth@UH.EDU.