Bexar County, University Health announce creation of a Public Health Division

Bexar County and University Health on Tuesday morning announced plans to create a Public Health Division within the hospital system.

The division will help address public health, population health and health equity for all Bexar County residents, according to the county’s public information office.

A news release from Univesity Health states that the division will work in collaboration with key partners including the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC), Bexar County, the City of San Antonio and education and health care organizations, without duplicating services.

“Over the past two years, we have learned a great deal about the important role of public health experts during a worldwide pandemic, and the significant responsibility University Health has to improve the good health of our community in collaboration with the county, the city and other health care providers,” George B. Hernández Jr., University Health president and CEO, said in the release.