Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Good Health & Well-Being Globally
The United Nations introduced Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being to address a variety of public health issues globally, including maternal mortality, child mortality, communicable diseases, substance abuse, and family planning. The Sustainable Development Goals notably combined 3 of the prior Millennium Development Goals: Improve Maternal Health, Combat HIV/AIDS and Other Diseases, and Reduce Child Mortality into one over-arching goal.
This SDG [Sustainable Development Goal] recognizes the interconnectedness of public health issues and the need for introduction of universal healthcare to all global citizens. Over the past 15 years, notable improvements have been made globally, particularly in child mortality. However, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic only re-emphasized the need for strong public health infrastructure across the world.
Good Health & Well-Being Locally
Despite being home to many renowned healthcare facilities, healthcare in Texas still does not remain accessible to all. Maternal mortality rates in Texas are some of the highest in the United States. Although the national average is 17.4 deaths per 100,000 births, Texas reported 18.5 deaths per 100,000 in 2018.
In the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Good Health & Well-Being is an equity issue. In Spring of 2021 for example, ABC News reported that COVID-19 vaccinations were distributed in majority white and high income areas of the city. As described in SDG 2 [Sustainable Development Goal 2] , the lack of equitable access to healthy food sources also contributes to healthcare issues across the region.
Read more about the work UT Dallas is doing to achieve Good Health and Well-Being below.
Student Wellness Center
SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
The UT Dallas Student Wellness Center offers a variety of services related to public health, including prevention education and health consulting. With over 1600 followers, the @healthycomets Instagram account provides valuable infographics related to nutrition, drug abuse, and even COVID-19 prevention. Students may email the center directly, schedule a virtual appointment, or even give the center a call to get any questions related to sexual health answered. Through the center, students may also make individual appointments with a registered dietitian to assist them with nutritional advice. Their work is essential in reducing barriers to essential health information. You can visit the Wellness Center website for a variety of additional health resources, including websites to visit and Instagram accounts to follow.
Student Health Center
SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
The Student Health Center on campus provides individual appointments to students for their primary and preventative healthcare needs. Students who opt into paying the medical services fee with their tuition can schedule appointments with providers for no additional cost. The center is also home to a variety of other programs for students, including the After-Hours Nurse Line, Oral Health Exams through a partnership with Canyon Creek Dentistry, and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examination (S.A.N.E.). Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Student Health Center has become a leader in student safety, increasing accessibility of testing for both symptomatic and asymptomatic students. You can read more about their services or schedule an appointment through the Student Health Center website.
Workplace Health and Safety
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
All workers, students and visitors have the right to work, visit and live in a safe and healthy environment. The department of Environmental Health and Safety promotes this concept through programs and services designed to prevent accidents and injuries on the job and as a general procedure around campus. Our department works proactively with employees to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses in the workplace by providing consultation, training, and inspections on improving the safety culture on the campus by
- Conducting workplace inspections and safety audits for offices and observed work.
- Consultation of unsafe construction projects and equipment.
- Response to worker incidents about safe procedures during work hours.
- Conducting accident investigations where the need for increased training can benefit all involved.
- Holding necessary specific training that targets hazards like fire extinguisher training, fall protection, ladder safety, and arc safety awareness. The UTD Industrial Hygiene program focuses on anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling potential health and safety hazards; and environmental factors that may affect the health, comfort, or productivity of the campus community. Industrial Hygiene also emphasizes identifying general safety hazards and correcting of the factors that contribute to accidents and injuries.
Air North Texas
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG 13: Climate Action
With leadership from the Office of Sustainability, UT Dallas became a partner with Air North Texas. Air North Texas was formed by the North Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) with a goal of improving air quality in North Texas. This is accomplished through building partnerships, conducting research, and increasing public awareness of the issue. On campus, Dr. David Larry leads the students in his Applied Physics Lab in developing and deploying low-cost air sensors. These sensors utilize machine learning to collect high precision data in a cost-effective manner. They have been deployed to collect data not only at UT Dallas, but across the DFW [Dallas / Fort Worth] metroplex as well.
Geospatial Health Research Group
SDG 2: Zero Hunger
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Led by Dr. Dohyeong Kim, the Geospatial Health Research Group is a collective of GIS professors at UT Dallas who contribute to the advancement of public health solutions. The group has worked on a variety of projects across the globe and published over 30 research articles in peer-reviewed journals. One current project funded by the National Institute of Health looks to investigate road-traffic associated morality through mobile technology in sub-Saharan Africa. In Summer of 2020, the center worked to make a local impact through applying crowdsourced data to map urban food deserts in the Dallas area.
Goals / Future Work
- Increase education about the interconnectedness of sustainability and public health issues
- RCE [Regional Centre for Expertise] : North Texas Food Policy Alliance - multisector working group to address food insecurity in the North Texas region. Related to SDG 3 [Sustainable Development Goal 3]
- Collaborative research arrangement to find synergies related to environmental sensing and environmental injustice
Other Work We Do
The programs highlighted here are just one piece of the work we do on campus to achieve SDG 3 [Sustainable Development Goal 3] . View the full dataset (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ), guided by the Association of Advancement in Higher Education (AASHEAssociation of Advancement in Higher Education)’s Sustainable Development Goal translation guide.