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Our Mission

At TEPHI, we are committed to keeping Texans safe and the economy strong by strengthening the capacity and resiliency of all Texas communities to respond to future infectious disease outbreaks.

Our Values


Strategic Goals

  • GOAL #1: Ensure situational awareness of infectious disease threats statewide
  • GOAL #2: Strengthen outbreak readiness of Texas’ healthcare and public health systems
  • GOAL #3: Enhance business sector resilience to outbreaks
  • GOAL #4: Engage Texas communities in outbreak preparedness initiatives

Our Structure and Approach

From our base within UTHealth Houston, we leverage the system's robust health and public health capabilities and have been able to lean into the UTHealth Houston School of Public Health's relationships with community partners and leaders statewide. A focus on community and collaboration is woven into each of TEPHI’s program pillars: Early Detection, Public Health Reserve Network, Training, and Communication.

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Highlight: Collaboration and Commitment to Community

Cross-sector collaboration is critical to maintaining community and individual health during the next outbreak. We collaborate with local leaders and organizations who know their communities best to provide key training and resources and work with organizations from many industries to establish early detection and preparedness networks.

We are honored to announce The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health was selected as the recipient of the 2023 ASPPH Harrison C. Spencer Award for Outstanding Community Service. This award recognizes the school’s commitment to prioritizing both a healthy Texas population and a strong Texas economy through the Texas Epidemic Public Health Institute (TEPHI).

Watch the video to learn more about our partnership and commitment to Texas communities.


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