Welcome to CHASP

The Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) is a center at The University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs composed of scholars who aim to answer the pressing social policy questions of the day and improve the well-being of the poor and vulnerable through effective policy research. Through CHASP, faculty, staff, and students have a direct connection to public sector initiatives, agencies, and policymakers who are working to improve health, economic and social policies.

In addition to conducting groundbreaking policy research, CHASP serves as the home for the Social, Health, Economic, and Education Policymakers (SHEP), a student organization that investigates social, health, and economic policy issues beyond the classroom. CHASP also provides a forum for debate and dialogue among today’s foremost policymakers and scholars about critical health and social policy issues.

We invite you to browse our website and publications, to attend our events that are open to the public, and to engage with our faculty, students and the broader community as we work to inform and shape health and social policy and improve individual and societal well-being.