Who we are
We are a non-profit, non-partisan public health institute. Since 1964, we have served as a trusted, leading voice on public health and healthcare issues in Texas and the nation. Our expertise, strategies, and nimble approach makes us an integral and essential partner in driving systems change efforts. We work across and within sectors to lead collaborative efforts and facilitate connections to foster systems that provide the opportunity for everyone to lead a healthy life.
As the public health institute in Texas we are also a member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes which is a social, financial and information network, connecting more than 8,000 subject-matter experts with organizational partners across the nation.
"HEALTHY PEOPLE, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES."
"TO ADVANCE THE HEALTH OF ALL"
Accountability. We hold ourselves accountable to partners and funders by honoring agreements and relationships, and to the public through an uncompromising dedication to our mission and vision.
Collaboration. We believe in bringing people, organizations, and communities together to leverage resources and advance common goals.
Compassion. We anchor our work in compassion for others, understanding good health is necessary for everyone to achieve their full potential.
Inclusivity. We believe public health efforts must be inclusive, incorporating diverse perspectives and contributions. Everyone has something to teach and something to learn.
Innovation. We pursue creative solutions grounded in evidence and best practice to address complex health problems.
Integrity. We strive to be a trustworthy source of expertise and insights through impartial and evidence based analysis of health issues. We are honest and transparent about our goals.
Social Justice. We believe everyone should have an equitable opportunity to achieve optimal health.
The Institute was created in 1964 as the Texas Hospital Education and Research Foundation. Recognizing that health care was changing, the number of uninsured persons in Texas was growing, and that managed care organizations were expanding their market share, the Texas Hospital Association (THA) authorized the transformation of the Foundation into the Texas Institute for Health Policy Research in 1996, with primary focus to be on policy research to understand and evaluate the new operating environments.
In late 2005, the Institute began discussions with the Texas Health Foundation, which existed as a partnership between governmental public health agencies and a private non-profit charitable foundation dedicated to supporting the programs of the Texas Department of Health and to improving the health of all Texans, regarding a potential merger of the two organizations. That agreement was reached in 2007 with the emergence of a single entity, the Texas Health Institute.