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UH-Humana Event on Future of Health Care Education and Delivery
News Release
Monday, December 03, 2018

Event is Kick-Off for Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute

HOUSTON – The Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute at the University of Houston, founded to help transform the future of health care education and delivery, will hold its kick-off event at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 6. The event features a panel discussion on value in health care, addressing social determinants of health and the importance of interdisciplinary education for future health care professionals. Students in health-discipline colleges will also network with leaders from UH and Humana and compete in a health care poster competition depicting ideas for integrated care delivery.

UH and Humana united to form the institute in September with an initial $15 million gift from Humana to the UH College of Medicine. It will have a long-term focus on improving health outcomes and expanding the use of value-based payment models, which base payment on patients’ health and recovery rather than reimbursement for each service provided.

“Health care is no longer a solo sport,” said Dr. Stephen Spann, founding dean of the College of Medicine. “We can only deliver the best care when a team of competent health care professionals works together toward a common goal, which is ultimately to improve the health of our patients.”

“We have a shared commitment to training the primary care physicians of tomorrow, giving them the tools they need to understand and practice population health,” said Dr. Roy Beveridge, Humana’s Chief Medical Officer. “This partnership will allow us to integrate care and better address social determinants of health, such as loneliness and food insecurity, ultimately improving health outcomes for those with the greatest needs.”

What: Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute Kick-Off Event

Who: Leaders from the University of Houston and Humana; Students, faculty and staff welcome

When:   10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Student/Leader Networking

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. - Renu Khator, University of Houston president; Dr. Roy Beveridge, Humana chief medical officer; Dr. Stephen Spann, College of Medicine founding dean

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. - Presentations from abstract competition winners

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. - Panel discussion with Spann, Lamar Pritchard, UH College of Pharmacy dean; Kathryn Tart, UH College of Nursing dean; Dr. Worthe Holt, vice president, Humana chief Medical Office

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. – Student/Leader Networking

Where: Hilton University of Houston, Shamrock Ballroom, 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston, TX. Parking available at the Hilton garage Map

 ***Media interested in covering the event please RSVP with Chris Stipes at 713-743-8186;

About the Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute at UH

The Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute at UH unites the University’s new College of Medicine with the colleges of nursing, pharmacy, social work and optometry. The collaboration is designed to graduate physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health-care professionals who are trained in population health and are interested in primary care and working with the underserved.

Both UH and Humana embrace the need to adapt to a rapidly changing health care system, which will require a new approach to medical science. A “third pillar” of medical education – in addition to basic science and clinical science – is now recognized by the American Medical Association as crucial. Health systems science now also emphasizes understanding the role of human factors, systems engineering, leadership and patient improvement strategies.

“By arming our students with knowledge to understand the structure, process and policy of the health care system, they’ll be better prepared to lead the evolution of how quality, value-based care is delivered,” said Spann.

The partnership includes opportunities for Humana employees to hold adjunct professorships and other teaching positions at UH while also helping to shape curricula on a variety of health-related topics. Value-based care clinic labs will be established for UH health sciences students and medical residents along with internship and rotation programs to provide practical experience.

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter for excellence in undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation's fourth-largest city and one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse regions in the country, UH is a federally designated Hispanic- and Asian-American-Serving institution with enrollment of more than 46,000 students.

About Humana

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.

To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more effective.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at, including copies of:


  • Annual reports to stockholders
  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings
  • Most recent investor conference presentations
  • Quarterly earnings news releases and conference calls
  • Calendar of events
  • Corporate Governance information

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