Center for Pediatric Population Health
Children’s Health establishes Center for Pediatric Population Health with UTHealth School of Public Health
Children’s Health and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health have joined forces to launch a new center focused on improving wellness for children in North Texas – the Center for Pediatric Population Health. The Center’s vision is to improve the health of pediatric and adolescent populations in North Texas — even before they get sick and need to see a doctor — through state-of-the-art health promotion research and implementation science. The new center will create a healthier future for children by making existing community health programs more evidence-based and effective, and by extending program reach to even more families.
The center is led by Sarah Messiah, Ph.D., a prominent researcher in the field and senior faculty member of UTHealth. Dr. Messiah has an established track record of implementation science pediatric population research embedded in a large health care system.
Through the center, Children’s Health will play a supporting role to existing multidisciplinary research teams that are already conducting studies and innovative programs in the community.
Part of our focus at Children’s Health is to provide the stellar expertise of our medical staff and team members while remaining efficient with our resources.
Center for Pediatric Population Health Vision Statement
The Center for Pediatric Population Health, a collaboration between the Children’s Health and the University of Texas School of Public Health will improve the health of children and adolescent populations through evidence-based research to inform programs for health promotion, disease prevention and health care, all while addressing health disparities.
Center for Pediatric Population Health Mission
The purpose of the Center for Pediatric Population Health is to support multidisciplinary research teams to conduct studies and programs in collaboration with health care providers and community organizations to improve the health of child and adolescent populations. In addition, the center will serve as a resource to translate scientific findings and knowledge into practical applications for public health practice, health care services and health policies.
Sarah E. Messiah, Ph.D., MPH
Professor of Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Director, Center for Pediatric Population Health
Brenda Paulsen, M.Ed.
Vice President, Research Administration and Professional Services Operations