HOUSTON, TX – June 25, 2012 – Center for Houston’s Future, The Region’s Think Tank, announced the launch of its CHF Fellows Program. Made possible through a generous grant from the Houston Endowment, this virtual institute will connect the Center with leading academicians, researchers, and experts across the country to develop ground-breaking research critical to improving the competitiveness and sustainability of the region.
Catherine Mosbacher, President and CEO of Center for Houston’s Future, commented, “While the Center for Houston’s Future focuses primarily on achieving long-term prosperity and sustainability for our region, we must have the facts on today. The CHF Fellows Program allows our already robust Scenario Planning function and our annual Community Indicator Study to expand its band width and expertise by addressing topics for which no data currently exists. This year our research topic is Healthy Communities.” Through its research on key issues like the health of the 8-county Houston region, Center for Houston’s Future gives policy and decision makers the tools needed to begin the work of improvement.
John Mendelsohn, MD, former President and CEO of MD Anderson Cancer Center, and a member of the Center for Houston’s Future Board of Directors, said, “The time is ripe for a comprehensive study on Healthy Communities in our region. Over time we will have a detailed, documented picture of the effects of changes from Health Care Reform. This is among the most exciting and challenging times in the delivery of medical services.”
Dr. Charles E. Begley, professor of management, policy and community health at the University of Texas School of Public Health, has been selected as the first CHF Fellow. Using the very latest data, Dr. Begley’s research will provide the information needed to address major questions about the adequacy of primary care in the region and illuminate the need for policy change and additional investment. Specifically, Dr. Begley will conduct a gap analysis on supply vs. demand for primary care facilities for low income individuals in the metro area.
Dr. Begley’s work will become an integral part of the 2013 Community Indicator Study on Healthy Communities, set for release at the Center for Houston’s Future annual public symposium at the George R Brown on February 22, 2013. In addition to Dr. Begley’s work, approximately 40 of the area’s leading experts are examining the intersection of People and Place to better understand how their interactions create or discourage Healthy Communities.
Additional CHF Fellows will be recruited and selected based on identified data gaps and the need for locally-focused research. At full capacity, the CHF Fellows Program is slated to have three to five renowned national experts at any given time, each working on different, interrelated topics. CHF Fellows will conduct research, issue reports and make presentations throughout the region to inform, ignite public dialogue and prompt positive action.
About Dr. Begley
In addition to his appointment at UT Health School of Public Health, Dr. Begley is also the Co-Director of the Center for Health Services Research, the Director of the Houston Health Services Research Collaborative, and an Adjunct Faculty Member at Rice University.
He is the author or co-author of numerous scientific papers, book chapters, books, and government reports, and has served on local, state, national, and international committees addressing various health services and public health topics. Dr. Begley teaches graduate level courses in health policy, health services research, and health economics.
His current research interests include disparities in health care, performance of healthcare safety net systems, and health care reform.
Dr. Begley holds a Masters and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University.
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