As Austin’s new Healthcare Innovation District takes shape, we’re strategically positioned to leverage our expertise and collaborate with community partners. Our mission is to transform how the UT community and Central Texas community promote mental health in everyday life, especially among historically excluded and marginalized populations.
The Community Integrated Health Initiatives (CIHI) team includes:
- Octavio N. Martinez Jr. – DDCE senior associate vice president and executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
- Ryan M. Sutton – Director
- Abigail Oduro – Graduate assistant
- Jacqueline Lee – Student ambassador
- Shadhi Mansoori – Administrative Assistant
Greater Travis County Community Initiative
Currently, we are conducting an environmental analysis to identify key stakeholders and gaps in service. A Central Texas Community Forum will be held in fall 2019, followed by the development of a community-led collaborative.
Octavio Martinez (chair), Jennifer Maedgen, Ryan Sutton, Ruben Cantu, Suchitra Gururaj, Michael Mackert, David Springer, Brent Fields, Rodolofo Rodriguez, and Starla Simmons
UT Community Initiative
The UT Community Initiative will focus on improving the diversity of the health professions pipeline from elementary school to post-graduate levels. We are beginning with an environmental analysis that will identify programs and initiatives within colleges, schools, departments and student organizations. Also, we will begin working with students in Central Texas schools to encourage interest in the health care professions before college and develop a student-led collaborative that we hope to extend to other area colleges and universities. A UT forum will kick off the student-led collaborative during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Octavio Martinez (Chair), Jennifer Maedgen, Ryan Sutton, Chris Brownson, Aileen Bumphus, Clayton Stromberger, and Stephen Sonnenberg, and Stephanie Osbakken