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Sharing a Healthy Vision for Houston’s Future

University of Houston College of Medicine

LaPorte recently hosted Houston-area business, nonprofit, and government leaders in a lunch meeting to hear Stephen J. Spann, M.D., M.B.A. speak about the launch of the University of Houston College of Medicine (UH CoM). This event was a natural outgrowth of LaPorte’s core value to be active participants in organizations and activities committed to improving the communities in which we work. In this presentation, participants learned about UH CoM’s mission of improving the overall health and healthcare of the population of Greater Houston and beyond.

Dr. Spann, who is the college’s founding dean, began by explaining how both Houston and Texas suffer from a lack of physicians, especially in economically disadvantaged communities. He discussed the progress UH CoM has made to date for its first class in 2020. The program has partnered with HCA Healthcare Systems and insurers. UH CoM will have a highly-integrated, community-health focused curriculum that addresses the social determinants of health.

“I was interested to learn Dr. Spann’s vision on how the new College of Medicine at UH will benefit both the health of Houstonians and our economy,” said Doug Hidalgo. “This initiative will play a huge role in providing compassionate care to the underserved populations in our region.”

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