Public Health Experts Needed

Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living | UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin
Public Health Experts are Needed in Policy Work Groups, Task Forces, and Advisory Committees
 
Approximately 80-90% of a person’s health outcomes are due to social determinants of health, such as where one lives and works. These foundations of health are especially important when predicting health outcomes for diverse populations, women, and children. Public health experts examine “upstream” issues like structural and systemic factors that contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of a person. Public health experts’ approaches to health tend to be proactive to reduce the burden of chronic disease, costs, and to improve life expectancy and quality of life for everyone. Public health experts add value to policy work, task forces, and advisory committees because they can provide timely recommendations based on the essential components of public health service. 
 
Key Takeaways:
  • Public health researchers and experts focus on the social determinants of health, which are particularly important in predicting health outcomes for women, children, and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). 
  • Seven in 10 voters indicate public health departments are important to create a healthy community.
  • Public health experts are uniquely situated to provide timely recommendations based on the essential components of public health service.
 
About the TX RPC Project
 
The Texas Research-to-Policy Collaboration (Texas RPC) Project is a non-partisan network that aims to bridge research and policy by supporting partnerships between child health researchers and policymakers.
 
 
The Texas Research-to-Policy Collaboration Project team and overall network are available to support Texas policymakers with informational requests or resources related to health topics, during the interim and throughout the 2021 Legislative Session.  
 
Contact Us
For more information, email TXRPCNetwork@uth.tmc.edu.