Humana, University of Houston announce long-term strategic partnership
Humana and the University of Houston announced a long-term strategic partnership to train the health care leaders of tomorrow with a focus on advancing population health, improving health outcomes and expanding the use of value-based payment models. Together, the two organizations will create the Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute at the University of Houston, which will unite the university's new College of Medicine, as well as the existing colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work and Optometry. A $15M gift over 10 years from Humana will help defray start-up and operational costs for the College of Medicine, as well as fund endowed chairs for each of the five colleges. The strategic collaboration is designed to graduate physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals who are trained in population health and have a propensity for primary care and for working with the underserved. With its emphasis on underserved communities, the University of Houston and Humana partnership aligns with Humana's Bold Goal of improving the health of the communities it serves 20 percent by 2020 by making it easier for people to achieve their best health. Humana is taking a population health approach to pursue this goal, while working to address social determinants of health such as food insecurity, social isolation and inadequate transportation.