Michael Hole, M.D., M.B.A. is a physician, professor, and social entrepreneur developing products, services, and policies for America’s most vulnerable children and youths. He is joint faculty at Dell Medical School and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, where he is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Population Health, as well as Faculty Fellow in the Center for Health & Social Policy. He is also the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the Texas Health CoLab at Dell Medical School.
Hole’s primary responsibilities at The University of Texas at Austin are threefold: (1) Launch “Social Impact Labs”, an incubator for entrepreneurial ventures addressing health-related social needs; (2) Lead “Children’s Health Express”, a mobile clinic bringing wraparound medical, financial, legal, food, and social services to hard-to-reach, high-risk street youths and children in homeless shelters, jails, schools, and public housing; and (3) Teach “Solutions for America’s Children in Poverty,” a graduate- and doctoral-level course for business, social work, medical, and public policy students on design thinking, social entrepreneurship, and US health and social policies affecting urban and rural child poverty.
Hole started his career in social services focused on child trafficking before founding two international development campaigns: (1) Power of Children, which co-started a self-sustaining school now serving 350 students yearly in post-conflict Uganda; and (2) Be Haiti, which co-funded both a new food product treating 50,000 malnourished youths yearly, and an orphanage for disabled children abandoned during Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. He has published or lectured on entitlement spending, social impact bonds, effective legislative advocacy, financial-medical partnerships, urban development, child homelessness, youth gang violence, human trafficking, food insecurity, toxic stress, refugee and immigrant health, race relations, community organizing, and public-private partnerships reducing infant mortality.
Forbes Magazine named Hole a “30 Under 30” social entrepreneur for co-founding StreetCred, a national nonprofit he leads at the intersection of government and health systems. Highlighted by The Boston Globe, NPR, The Atlantic, TED, JAMA Pediatrics, CBS News, Fast Company, PBS, and the Federal Reserve Bank, StreetCred helps low-income families file taxes, build wealth, and apply for basic resources in pediatricians’ waiting rooms.
Hole, a first-generation college graduate, was a top student at Butler University before earning his MD and MBA from Stanford University with concentrations in public management, community health, and social innovation. He completed pediatrics residency at Harvard Medical School before joining The University of Texas.
In the News:
- Op-ed: Grandma was witness - America's spirit prevails (Austin-American Statesman, 7/4/19)
- Michael Hole to deliver remarks, introduce Presidents Bush and Clinton at Presidential Leadership Scholars commencement (6/27/19)
- How One Physician Started A Tax-Filing Service To Help Improve Patients' Health (Texas Standard, 4/10/19)
- World Changing Ideas 2019: All the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions (Fast Company, 4/8/19)
- How Doctors Are Expanding Access To The Earned Income Tax Credit For Families With Kids (Forbes, 8/17/18)
- Op-ed: Doctors order zero tolerance for policies that harm kids (Austin-American Statesman, 6/29/18)
- Michael K. Hole and Street Cred: Helping Families Access Healthy Futures (Innovate Podcast, 6/10/18)
- Unhealthy Tax Changes for Families in Need (Real Clear Policy, 5/3/18)
- Putting a price tag on childhood hunger (The Hill, 4/10/18)
- Making a Difference - StreetCred: Building Health and Wealth for Families (KEYE CBS Austin, 4/9/18)
- How Taxes Affect Our Wallets and Our Health (UT Austin News, 4/6/18)
- Texas Perspectives: Auditing the Working Poor is Bad for Texas Children (UT Austin News, 10/20/17)
- Op-ed: Why auditing the working poor is bad news for Texas youths (Austin-American Statesman, 9/29/17)
- Doctors have the power to help their patients thrive financially (PBS, 4/26/17)
- Boston Medical Center Provides Free Tax Services To Low-Income Families (CBS Boston, 4/14/17)
- This visit to the doctor can be a tonic for family finances (The Boston Globe, 3/12/17)