Urban Program

Message from the Director:

Mohammad Zare, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Urban Program Director

The Urban Program is the functional unit in the Department of Family & Community Medicine that serves as the liason between the Department and the Harris County Hospital District (HCHD) - Community Health Program (CHP) and activities at the Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital (LBJ). The Program coordinates medical services, educational activities (both medical student and resident), research, community outreach and health profession interdisciplinary endeavors at the HCHD community health centers that serve the LBJ hospital.

The five Community Health Centers overseen by the Program are:

  • Acres Homes
  • Settegast
  • Aldine
  • E.A. Squatty Lyons
  • Baytown

These centers are staffed by 39 faculty members and 1 nurse practitioner and provided over 64,451 outpatient visits in 2007-08. Rich educational experiences are provided at the centers for medical/nursing students, family medicine residents and psychiatry / ob-gyn interns. Third and fourth year medical students are assigned to these centers for their Third-Year Family Medicine Clerkship and ambulatory electives. Continuity clinics for Family Medicine residents are provided at Acres Homes and at Aldine. Clinical training for advanced nurse practitioner students is also supported.

Program Objectives

To provide high quality health care to all patients in one of the Community Health Centers or admitted to the Family Medicine inpatient services and enhance continuity of care thru improved communication between the hospital service and the primary care physicians at each center.

To provide excellent supervised training experiences for medical students, Psychiatry interns and Family Medicine residents

To recruit and retain faculty that provide excellent patient care, provide a rich educational experience for our medical students and residents and are actively engaged in prividing leadership to HCHD administration on issues pertinent to the quality of both patient care and education