We All Live Here
To better address what matters most to families facing health disparities, we have to reimagine the way we approach community-based research. That means including participants early and often in the process. Together, we have designed a 5-year cohort study in southeastern Travis County to understand more about the physical, environmental, and emotional health of families facing systemic injustices.
Including the Whole Community
While scientists and medical professionals have a wealth of knowledge in their specific fields, families are experts in their own experiences. So we are welcoming people who have been historically excluded from research studies to participate and partner with us. We’re building sustainable relationships among community leaders, institutions, and our own Community Strategy Team. This is not a one-time event. Throughout the life of our study, we will continue to work with families and community partners to make adjustments that are responsive to their needs.
Looking at the Whole Picture
Our researchers are looking at hundreds of variables that affect health, both at the individual and systemic levels. By combining information about a home’s environmental quality with medical health markers, interactive family surveys, and community-level information, we’ll help develop a more holistic picture of health over time.
Bringing Science Home
Families can choose to have access to technology that will measure health factors like indoor air quality, sleep habits, mood, or physical activity. Then we’ll share our results in real time through a smartphone app so participants can make informed decisions about their own health. Community partners also will use the data we gather, aggregated and anonymized, to advocate for changes at the city and county level to improve issues affecting the health of the entire community.
Flip through our interactive FY20 annual report and browse our network map to learn more about the progress we’ve made to date.
These smaller projects and pilot studies are moving us toward our mission to rethink the way science and society work together to understand and address health inequities.
Environmental Home Beacon Development and Testing
The Whole Communities–Whole Health team has built and tested a smart device that uses environmental sensors to better understand how indoor air quality affects family health by measuring indoor air … Keep reading
Project SMART: The Gamification of Physical Activity in Schools
Project summary: Participation in physical activity is associated with better performance in school, but most children do not meet the recommendations of the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans for … Keep reading
Understanding How Discrimination During Adolescence Affects Health
Project summary: Incidents of discrimination are a part of everyday life for young people of color, and although many studies document the negative effects of discrimination, we know almost nothing … Keep reading
Sensing Daily Activities in Development
Project summary: Externalizing disorders, including behaviors such as tantrums, defiance, and aggression, are among the most common and costly disorders of childhood. Behavioral indicators of these disorders often emerge by … Keep reading
Project summary: How does indoor air quality affect childhood asthma? This project, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is testing a new approach that attempts to … Keep reading
Meet the Team
Whole Community–Whole Health brings researchers and advisors together from wide-ranging backgrounds across UT and Central Texas.
My work explores how prejudicial attitudes and ideology affect attitudes towards ethnic minorities generally and within specific domains such as the workplace and higher education.
Sarah Kate Bearman
I’m a child clinical psychologist, and my research focuses on the implementation and dissemination of effective mental health interventions for traditionally underserved children and families.
My background is in exercise physiology and pedagogy, and my research focuses on how physiology and metabolism affect cognitive health in children and emerging adults.
My research explores how life experiences lead to behavioral and neurobiological variation through epigenetic factors, particularly early exposure to stress, toxins, nutrition and social environment.
As a public health nurse, my research experience includes tracking and addressing health and social disparities among adolescents from historically marginalized groups.
I’m trained as an environmental engineer focusing on human exposure to contaminants in the built environment (homes and schools) and health outcomes such as childhood asthma.
I am an epidemiologist and clinical scientist with research exploring the prevention and clinical decision-making of child maltreatment, injury surveillance, and best clinical practices.
My research focuses on using traditional and new digital media to provide effective health communication in areas such as tobacco cessation and opioid overdose prevention.
As a roboticist and building scientist, I focus on smart buildings and cities, renewable energy systems, and the influence of occupants on energy performance.
My background is in clinical neuropsychology, and I specialize in applying multimodal neuroimaging techniques to study normal and impaired cognition, including aging, neurotrauma, and mental illness.
My research interest consists of health disparity and communication in the context of visual information and persuasion with emphases on health message design and cultural representation. The primary focus of my research explores and explains what, how and why underserved populations in the United States engage with health messages.