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Our Mission to Integrate Care and Improve Health

Humana and the University of Houston have launched a strategic partnership to train future health care leaders with a focus on providing holistic, collaborative care to improve health outcomes. The Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute at the University of Houston (Humana Institute) fosters interprofessional team-based care in the colleges of medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy and social work.

This collaboration will graduate health care professionals who are skilled in advancing population and community health and have a propensity for working with the underserved.

Milestones and Successes

In a time when demands are climbing for practitioners to provide more efficient, effective and lower-cost care, public/private partnerships, like the Humana Institute, are proving to bridge gaps in the health care system.

Learn how the Humana Institute is helping to shape 21st century physicians and clinicians and how we deliver care >>

We are excited to welcome Dr. Lechauncy Woodard as the new Humana Institute Director.

LeChauncy D. Woodard, M.D., M.P.H.


Humana Institute Director

LeChauncy D. Woodard, M.D., M.P.H., FALP is director of the Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute at the University of Houston and a University of Houston College of Medicine professor. Woodard is responsible for leading the Humana Institute’s mission and contributes to paving the future of research and innovation for UH College of Medicine.

Woodard is nationally recognized for her extensive research aimed at understanding and medically serving ethnically diverse patients and the socioeconomic factors that influence health outcomes. Her passion for exceptional health care is evident in her active contributions to medical journals, peer-review workshops and published research in over 35 publications. Woodard’s track record of primary care research, teaching and student mentorship highlight her passion for equipping future primary care providers with the latest advances in medicine to ensure their career success.

Woodard earned her bachelor’s from Texas A&M University and her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She completed her internal medicine residency and primary care research at Baylor College of Medicine and earned a master’s of public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health.


The Humana Institute produces high-impact research that changes policy, facilitates innovative educational programs for future health care providers and creates novel programs that support community transformation. It will integrate social and medical data to drive evidence-based practices and test the efficacy of new health care models in real-world settings. These activities will compel the health care system to become safer and more effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered.

The Humana Institute’s location within the University of Houston College of Medicine will stimulate meaningful collaboration between biomedical, clinical, population- and behavioral-health scholars. These cross-disciplinary teams will harness UH’s research expertise and the Humana Institute’s data and clinical partners to tackle the most pressing and complex health care problems.

  • Research

    Groundbreaking research will span health services research, translational research, quality improvement, safety, population health, community-based participatory research and social determinants of health.

  • Education

    Research conducted by the Humana Institute will inform its coordinating and supporting role in facilitating the establishment of new educational initiatives, which may include new master’s degrees, certificate programs, intensive courses and workshops. These will elevate the health system’s science education practitioners and students at the College of Medicine and other UH health professions colleges.

  • Community Transformation

    Finally, the Humana Institute will work to improve the health of populations by engaging communities and practices. Through community partnerships, the Humana Institute will provide research to the public, connect patients with community resources and implement continuous learning within community practices.