Dell Foundation gives $2.5M to UT Austin Med School
Place-based health initiatives focus on improving the health of an entire neighborhood, community or group of people.
“This focus on place-based health programs is a core program of the school’s Department of Population Health,” said Dr. William Tierney, chairman of the Dell Medical School’s Department of Population Health. "To accomplish that, we need effective, sustainable strategies and mechanisms that help communities understand their biggest health challenges and utilize any and all available community resources to find workable solutions."
The grant money will be used to support the development and evaluation of those place-based health initiatives, with an initial focus on Austin as a testbed.
The Dell Medical School will accept its first class of students in the fall of 2016.
Separately, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation has pledged a $25 million matching donation to the Seton Healthcare Family for a teaching hospital, the Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas.
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