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Global Institute for Hispanic Health

Advancing the health of the Hispanic community

We are working closely with stakeholders to ensure that the needs of the Hispanic population are addressed through innovative research to develop new drugs and life-saving therapies. Our programs are closely linked to the Texas A&M Healthy Texas initiative to improve the health of populations throughout the state.


Engage the Hispanic community in health care research by providing access to clinical studies through strategic partnerships.


Be a global leader in providing the Hispanic community with increased access to the benefits of health care research.


Conduct research on diabetes and obesity, asthma, infectious diseases, neurological disorders, cancer and the opioid epidemic.

Collaborative Seed Grant Program: 2023 Request for Proposals

Now accepting applications! The aim of this program is to develop and promote collaboration between Driscoll Children's Hospital, the Driscoll Health Plan and Texas A&M Health to advance research aimed at eliminating health care disparities in Hispanic communities. This program will provide research seed funding for clinical research projects with teams comprised of clinicians and scientists.

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GIHH Service Request

The GIHH provides a range of services to help healthcare providers and researchers better meet the health needs of kids in South Texas. To request assistance, please use this form and someone will contact you. 

Collaboration Networking Event

Join us and other researchers from Texas A&M University and clinicians from the Driscoll Health System to discuss research interests and potential seed grant research topics. This will be a hybrid in-person and online event which will begin with lunch, presentations about the request for proposals/application process, and information about data availability and management at Driscoll.

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Jaime Fergie, MD
Medical Director, Global Institute for Hispanic Health
Infectious Disease Specialist
Driscoll Children’s Hospital

Erin Richmond, MS, RN, CCRP
Director, Global Institute for Hispanic Health
Driscoll Children's Hospital

Executive Committee

Eric Hamon
President and CEO
Driscoll Children’s Hospital

Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD
Executive Director
Texas A&M Health Institute of Biosciences and Technology

Indra K. Reddy, PhD
Founding Dean
Texas A&M Rangel School of Pharmacy

Mary Dale Peterson, MD
Executive Vice President and COO
Driscoll Children’s Hospital


Mari Allison-Hoien, MD, PhD
Collaborative Research Advisor
Driscoll Children's Hospital