The Texas A&M University System recently announced the “Healthy Texas Initiative.” The initiative is part of the newly created Texas A&M Institute for Public Health Improvement, a joint effort between the Texas A&M Health Science Center and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The pilot program of the Healthy Texas Initiative involves the South Texas Region.
In addition to the primary goal of improving human health and wellbeing, expanding these programs also generates notable economic and fiscal benefits by reducing the costs of existing and potential future health disparities. The Perryman Group (TPG) was asked to quantify the potential economic and fiscal benefits of the Healthy Texas Initiative’s program in the 26-county South Texas Region and found them to be substantial.
If programs were put into effect that gradually reduced the disparity between the South Texas Region and the rest of the state by 25% by 2025, The Perryman Group estimates that the overall economic benefits (including the multiplier effects) would likely include $5.8 billion in gross product and 68,543 person-years of employment. State and local taxing entities would also see incremental tax receipts in 2025 associated with the increased economic activity of an estimated $308.1 million and $205.8 million, respectively. Click below to download the full report.