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Institute for Public Health

The Institute for Public Health is leading the way to improve the good health of our community by eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity in Bexar County. Our mission is to promote health, prevent disease and prolong life.

We are guided by our values:

  • We build trust through kind and compassionate care that is trauma-informed and culturally appropriate.
  • We invest in and implement data-driven, community-centered solutions.
  • We pursue opportunities to contribute what we are learning to the evidence base. 

The Institute aligns and coordinates how University Health addresses community needs and helps patients achieve optimal health. We serve as a hub, connecting community members with tools they can use.

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Community Health Implementation Strategy

University Health is taking steps to address these community needs. We are implementing programs, delivering services and engaging in a variety of collaborative partnerships. To learn more about how we are investing resources to improve the health of our community, read our 2023 Implementation Strategy.

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Find Health Coverage

Finding the right health coverage is important. We're here to help. Compare health insurance options to find the best fit for you and your family on our website, Get Covered SA.
Gun Safety
Learn how to safely store firearms in your home, get tips for safe and responsible gun ownership, and request a safe gun storage presentation through GunSafety4Bexar, a University Health injury prevention program.
Get Help to Quit Smoking
Quitting smoking is one of the very best things you can do for your health and the health of those around you. University Health offers a smoking cessation program to help you quit.

Events

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Jul 19

Fitness Group Walk

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

The Texas Diabetes Institute invites you to join our Fitness Walking Group.

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Vida: The Future of Public Health

Opening in 2026, the 3-story, 60,000-square-foot Vida will be home to the Institute for Public Health. This multi-specialty health care center will be the first building on the University Health Palo Alto Campus on the city's South Side.

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News

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May 08, 2024

University Health takes next step in historic growth plan

University Health will take out the shovels for the fourth time in six months to turn the first dirt for University Health Wheatley, a multi-specialty clinic on the East Side that will also be a second site for our Institute for Public Health.

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May 02, 2024

Safe Kids San Antonio hosts free family event

Join us for Safe Kids Day Saturday, May 4. During this free event, parents and kids will learn how to prevent injuries at home and on the road.

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March 22, 2024

New Breast Center and Mobile Mammography Bus are area’s first with advanced cancer-fighting technology

On Saturday, University Health will celebrate the opening of a new stand-alone breast imaging center equipped with the most advanced equipment available for detecting breast cancer early, when treatment can best save lives.

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March 04, 2024

Remembering our health care heroes on this first COVID-19 Heroes and Memorial Day

University Health joins hospitals across the state in observing the first COVID-19 Heroes and Memorial Day.

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