Rural and Community Engagement | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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The Rural and Community Engagement Division is committed to developing and fostering connections to improve the health outcomes in the Permian Basin.  

Why the Permian Basin?

The Permian Basin is one of the largest oil and gas producing areas in the United States, spanning from West Texas to adjoining areas of southeastern New Mexico. Most counties in the region are rural and essentially lack access to:

  • Primary care services and providers
  • Behavioral health services
  • Prevention and education services to address chronic disease and lifestyle management

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Mobile Health Care Program

Medicine on the Move is a mobile health initiative of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in partnership with the Permian Strategic Partnership and the Caring Foundation of Texas.  This program features two mobile units that will expand access to quality affordable healthcare to the people throughout the Permian Basin. LEARN MORE

Why does Community Engagement matter?

What role community engagement has on health?

 The answer to it lies in the concept of Social Determinants of Health. Social determinants of health (SDOH) are “the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.” According to Healthy People 2030, those SDOHs can be grouped into 5 domains: economic stability, education access, and quality, health care access and quality, neighborhood and built environment, and social and community context. 

Health is influenced by so many factors including where you live, community connections, the safety of the neighborhood, housing situations, educational and economic opportunities which you might have otherwise not considered, and often times these factors are interlinked. The more unfavorable these factors are the more likely the occurrence of adverse health outcomes. Unfortunately, even when there are so many community organizations that serve to meet various social needs many of them operate in siloes. Health Systems and public health organizations are seeking ways to understand SDOH in communities, assess the needs, develop new resources, connect communities to existing resources and thereby improve health.

Rural and Community Engagement Division through Medicine on the Move, the Mobile Health Program of the TTUHSC highlights a greater tool for Community-Clinical Linkages. In its framework to address SDOH, the CDC describes Community-Clinical Linkages as “connections made among health care systems and services, public health agencies, and community-based organizations to improve population health.” Inherent in the Mobile health program are the mobility, vision, and resources to work with the community-based organizations to host clinics offering services including immunizations, preventative screenings, primary medical care, mental health services, and chronic disease management.

Medicine on the Move

Through the Medicine on the Move initiative and other programs, Rural and Community Engagement aim to foster connections in the community to collaborate for improving population health. 

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

Henry Ford

Please contact us at or 432.703.5123 to learn more about the program or how we can work with you.

Dijo John
Senior Director
Rural and Community Engagement Division
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center| Permian Basin 
Phone: (432) 703-5057

Margaret Robles
Unit Manager
Rural and Community Engagement Division
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Permian Basin
Phone: (432) 703-5274