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UH Moment: Humana Institute Director Leads Effort To Improve Value Of Health Care

“If we think about elevating the healthcare of those among us who have the least access or the least amount of resources, then we can improve the health of the community overall.”

Growing up in an underserved neighborhood in northwest Houston, Dr. LeChauncy Woodard saw first-hand how a lack of access to healthcare can impact a community. In her new role as the first director of the Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute at the University of Houston, Woodard is looking forward to using the institute’s resources to improve health disparities.

“The Humana Institute is a unique partnership with Humana and UH that will really allow us to do some innovative educational programs and to train our learners how to be leaders in population health and address the needs of the communities they serve,” Woodard said. 

The goal of the Humana Institute is to unite the College of Medicine with the existing health professions colleges at UH to leverage resources and form cross-disciplinary teams to tackle the most pressing, complex health care problems. 

“I’m excited to think about how our students can work together, how we can go out into the communities to impact the care the communities receive and focus on the social detriments of health which are sometimes missed in clinical practice,” Woodard said.

Along with serving on the College of Medicine faculty, Woodard will treat patients at Lone Star Circle of Care, the Federally Qualified Health Center that opened on the UH campus in April.

“If we think about elevating the healthcare of those among us who have the least access or the least amount of resources, then we can improve the health of the community overall,” Woodard said. 

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