Population Health


For more detailed information on UT System Population Health, visit our site at utsystempophealth.org.

About UT System Population Health

In February of 2015, Dr. Ray Greenberg, Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, initiated the UT System Population Health initiative with the recruitment of Dr. David Lakey, former Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. Dr. Lakey now serves in a dual role as Senior Vice President for Population Health and Isadore Roosth Distinguished Professor at UT Health Northeast and Chief Medical Officer/ Associate Vice Chancellor for population health at the UT System.

To jump start this initiative The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved $5 million in funding to the Office of Health Affairs to develop a population health strategy for The University of Texas System to address Texas' most critical public health needs.  


UT System Population Health encourages and coordinates the use of population health principles to improve the delivery of care, reduce health disparities, and improve health for all Texans.  The initiative does this through multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects within the UT System and statewide through numerous partnerships.


Using collaboration and precision prevention to improve health in Texas


UT System Population Health is leading a number of projects and collaborations, including the Texas Health Improvement Network (THIN), the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies, the Mental Health Work Group, The University of Texas Collaborative on Population Health Innovation and Improvement (UT-CoPHII), and Texas Safe Babies. For more detailed information on our projects, visit the Initiatives page of our website.


UT System Population Health is a joint initiative of The University of Texas System Office of Health Affairs and UT Health Northeast. It receives additional funding from the following entities:

  • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
  • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)
  • Sendero Health Plans

Contact us:

Contact and scheduling with Dr. Lakey
Sheila Kuschke:
ph: 512-499-4529
email: skuschke@utsystem.edu

General information
Lark Needham
ph: (512) 852-3245
email: hneedham@utsystem.edu

Media and communications
Daniel Oppenheimer
ph: (512) 852-3269
email: doppenheimer@utsystem.edu

See our Staff page for individual contact info.