Community and Public Service Mission

To promote healthy communities by working with local, regional and global partners to develop public service initiatives that apply science to fulfill unmet needs associated with access to healthcare, new treatments and healthcare delivery models, science and health literacy, and preparation of the next generation of healthcare providers and scientists. 

Our History

In 1943, in the midst of World War II, the MD Anderson Foundation made a decision that would result in Houston becoming an international powerhouse in healthcare and biomedical research. The Foundation dedicated its considerable assets to creating a medical center in Houston. As an initial step, Foundation leadership invited what was then known as the Baylor University College of Medicine to move from Dallas to Houston.

The Roy and Lillie Cullen Building, which opened in 1947 as a home for the College, was the first building constructed in the fledgling Texas Medical Center. From this modest start grew the largest healthcare complex in the world.

The 70-year-old partnership between the Houston community and the institution that is now known as Baylor College of Medicine has shaped the College, the Texas Medical Center and the city itself. The axiom “think globally, act locally” underlies the College’s philosophy of community involvement.

Research conducted at the College produces new insights, new diagnostic approaches and new treatments that have a direct effect on the health of people around the world.

Baylor alumni are spread across the globe, helping to advance science and medicine in a wide spectrum of venues. Baylor trainees and faculty travel widely, collaborating with colleagues, providing care to underserved communities and building ties that benefit Baylor, our local community and communities around the world.

Explore the many ways in which Baylor is reaching beyond its walls to improve health and expand opportunities for members of our local, national and global communities.