Institute of Urban Policy

Health Research

The State of Black Lives in Texas: Health Report
Michele A Rountree, PhD; Rosanna Barrett, PhD; Lauren Lluveras, JD; Rayven Plaza, PhD
This report is the third in a series that looks at various policy issues in Texas through a racial equity lens, with the goal of influencing policymakers to improve the lives of Black people in Texas. It covers many of the disparate health outcomes experienced by Black Texans, the complex drivers of health inequities operating independently and concurrently, the breadth of health disparities comparable to other race/ethnicities, and crucial programmatic strategies, interventions and policy recommendations necessary for eliminating health disparities.

Disparate Rates of Black Women Dying: At Birth and Postpartum Period
Michele A Rountree, PhD; Tracie A Lowe, PhD
This policy brief presents and explains the data that shows Black women experiencing negative maternal health outcomes at disproportionate rates, in Texas and throughout the United States. Based on the research done for this brief, there are three key policy recommendations included to help healthcare institutions in Texas better serve and save Black mothers.

Fall 2016 & Spring 2017 IUPRA Poll: Health Report
Richa Gupta, MPH; Samantha White-Wilson; Shetal Vohra-Gupta, PhD
Results and analysis of results of Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 IUPRA polls on health care. The poll was conducted with registered Texas voters, oversampling Black voters to generate more reliable estimates by race. Health care questions looked at voters' attitudes regarding their own health care experiences as well as their understanding of the Family and Medical Leave Act. The report also compares the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 results.

Are You Listening? Community Impact Statement: Volume 1
Leonie Jones
In the U.S., Black women are more likely to experience premature birth or loss of a newborn than any other race or ethnicity, and studies have shown that stress and racism do have a negative effect on birth oucomes. This report interviews Black women in Austin who are pregnant or have recently given birth across a range of socio-economic backgrounds, sharing their views on community, prenatal care, childcare, unique challenges Black women face, and Austin's needs.

IUPRA Poll: Texas Voters' Attitudes about Health Care
These are results of a statewide poll about Texans' attitudes toward health care. The poll looked at registered voters' views on and access to mental health care and dental care.
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Documenting Racial Disparities and Disproportionality
Jonathan L. Davis, MPAff; Karen Moran Jackson, PhD
Recent race-related events show racial disparity and injustice in our country, but many whites don't acknowledge that racial disparities are caused by racial bias; even though the Department of Justice found that racial disparity in Ferguson was caused by racial bias and discrimination. This brief argues that governement and societal systems have been discrimantory, disproportionally affecting African Americans. This argument is supported by documented discrimination within education, economic, legal, and health care systems.

Southeast Gerogetown Needs Assessment: Documenting Resident Stories and Community Conditions
Georgetown Health Foundation and The Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis
This needs assessment was commissioned by the Georgetown Health Foundation in the face of unprecedented population growth and demographic changes in Georgetown. It was conducted in Southeast Georgetown, focusing on the low-income community and their voices. Critical needs that came out of this included public transportation, affordable housing, access to health foods and nutrition programs, language access in schools, mental health and bullying, reframing of power differentials in services, and access to parks and after school programs.

Post-Legislative Session Report: Health and Human Services
Victor O. Obaseki, JD; Seth A. Kessler, MPA; Kathryn A. Freeman, JD
The major health and human services issues in the 83rd session were Medicaid expansion and abortion. Gov. Rick Perry and many legislators are against Medicaid expansion and it will not likely happen. Additionally, abortions may become more difficult to receive.

HIV Testing in State Prisons: A Call for Provider-Initiated Routine HIV Screening Policy
Jemel P. Aguilar, PhD
HIV is four times more prevalent in incarcerated populations, so to decrease the spread of HIV, policy should focus on that population. The WHO and CDC recommend routine testing and early treatment, but U.S. healthcare doesn't effectively help incarcerated populations.