Clinical Advocacy

We are dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of our military and civilian families through innovations that have a direct clinical impact. In particular, the MHI promotes the UT Health San Antonio strengths most closely aligned to DOD and VA priorities, such as:

  • Behavioral Health: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pain, and substance abuse disorders
  • Trauma: Traumatic brain injury, burns, hemorrhage control
  • Cancer: Liver, breast, prostate, and others

The MHI recognizes the importance and value of the integrated San Antonio trauma system for our region and our nation’s military medical readiness, which is why it served as a strong advocate with the City Council and Bexar County Commissioners Court to support and pass resolutions recognizing the existing trauma partnership between Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) and University Hospital. For more details visit COSA Signed Resolution and Bexar County – Proposed Resolution.

Clinical advances gained from military operations often have a reciprocal impact on our civilian populations. The MHI helps bring military lessons learned to the civilian setting. Some examples are the incorporation of “Stop the Bleed” training into civilian settings, advocating for the appropriate use of tourniquets to control bleeding, bringing lessons on preventing accidents and teamwork from the military aviation world into the clinical setting, utilizing military algorithms when responding to a trauma, and promoting our region’s use of whole blood for prehospital resuscitation.

Community Engagement

We believe it is important to engage with local community members. In addition to working with many local military and veteran support organizations, the MHI has a Community Advisory Council.