In late 2018, Humana and the University of Houston announced a long-term strategic relationship to create the Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute at the University of Houston, which unites the university’s new College of Medicine, as well as the existing colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work and Optometry.
According to the University of Houston, the goal is for 50% of graduates to choose primary care specialties including family medicine, general internal medicine and general pediatrics. The first class of 30 medical students will begin July 20, with each student receiving $100,000 four-year scholarships through philanthropy to cover tuition and fees.
“By training the next generation of compassionate physicians who understand how to provide quality health care at a reasonable cost, we are expanding our capabilities to serve the people and neighborhoods too often left behind,” said UH President Renu Khator. “Our dedicated faculty and students will work tirelessly, with boots on the ground in clinics across the city, to advance health care delivery and ultimately improve the well-being of our communities.”
“We are thrilled that the University of Houston College of Medicine has achieved this important accreditation milestone,” noted Tray Cockerell, Director, Strategic Relationships, Office of Population Health, Humana. “Having medical students enrolled soon to participate in the efforts of the Humana Institute will further elevate and accelerate our work, which is focused on three pillars: Education, Community, and Research.”
A strategic initiative of the University of Houston College of Medicine is the focus on educating students about the value-based payment model, which was further reinforced with the efforts to drive value-based care research being performed by the Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute within the College of Medicine. Said Cockerell, “Integrating value-based and integrated care principles in the inter-professional curriculum and supporting the College of Medicine’s household centered care program further demonstrate the tight alignment between Humana’s mission and that of the university to help transform clinical education and improve population health outcomes.”
In addition to value-based care, the collaborative partnership is also heavily focused on ensuring that students gain experience in the local community.
“It is imperative that we place our medical students and faculty directly in the communities with the most need,” said Dr. Stephen Spann, founding dean of the medical school. “We are extremely grateful to receive LCME accreditation, but now the real work begins because we want to be accountable for improving the overall health and health care of the region.”