Healthcare Policy for Health Professionals

This Quality Enhancement Plan, Healthcare Policy for Health Professionals (HP2), is co-directed by Sandy McKay, MD, FAAP, and Angela Gomez, EdD, MBA, MS, who also serves as the plan’s assessment director. HP2 is led by a team of faculty representing UTHealth Houston’s seven schools:

Cizik School of Nursing: Francine Snow, DrPH, MSN, RN-BC;
McGovern Medical School: Sandra McKay, MD;
McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics: Susan Fenton, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA;
MD Anderson-UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences: Shane Cunha, PhD;
School of Dentistry: Deborah Franklin, DDS, MA; and
School of Public Health: Stephen Linder, PhD.

The team also includes a predoctoral fellow, Jessica Wise, MPH, PhD Candidate, who aids in the support of developing and implementing various educational activities of HP2.

There are 5 Core Educational Initiatives that reach UTHealth Houston students and engage them in developing their knowledge about health policy, gaining skills in policy analyses and policy-making, and becoming better prepared for their respective health professions.


Broadly, HP2 will:

  • Provide the CWHEP faculty and others engaged in this topic with the necessary tools and training to successfully implement this QEP;
  • Identify, develop, and obtain the appropriate assessment tools necessary for evaluating our existing curricula and measuring and assessing the learning outcomes for our proposed planned activities;
  • Strengthen our current health policy curricula as well as our assessment of existing courses;
  • Ensure that all students have a fundamental understanding of how policy is made at the local, state, and federal levels;
  • Provide students will an opportunity to design and evaluate health policies;
  • Plan and assess school-specific Health Policy Forums; and
  • Expand and assess our advocacy curriculum.

For information about HP2, please contact Sandy McKay and Angela Gomez.

Learn more about the QEP (UTHealth login required)