Next Steps for Health Equity in Austin!

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Thanks to all the community members who attended the city of Austin budget hearing on 8/20/15! 
The powerful testimonies sent a strong message to the mayor and city council about why holistic, culturally specific, non-traditional health programs based in community organizing should be included in the city’s budget!

Special Shout Out to the childcare volunteers for that evening! Erin Burrows, Dani Slabaugh, Hallie Boas, Jaynna Sims, and Robin Schneider, your patience and expertise made it all possible!!!

Final decisions on Austin’s upcoming budget will happen September 8-10. In the next two weeks, please sign and continue to circulate the petition, http://tinyurl.com/pxdmyc8 in support of our proposal to address health inequities in Austin/Travis County.

Also please continue to call/email the City of Austin mayor and city council!
(phone numbers and emails below)

Register your support for health projects that examine the racial disparities in health outcomes in our city. The proposed projects address chronic disease within the African American community, health and wellness for LGBTQ communities of color, mental health services for immigrant communities, and maternal and infant health for mothers of color using a midwifery model.

As Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, allgo, immigrant’s rights organizers, the Alliance for African American Health of Central Texas, and other community members working on racial justice issues in Austin- we thank you!

If you believe that working towards EQUITY is necessary in Austin, if racial justice is important to you, please join us and raise your VOICE!

Mayor Stephen Adler
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District 1 Council Member Ora Houston 512-978-2101

District 2 Council Member Delia Garza 512-978-2102

District 3 Council Member Sabino “Pio” Renteria 512-978-2103

District 4 Council Member Gregorio “Greg” Casar 512-978-2104

District 5 Council Member Ann Kitchen 512-978-2105

District 6 Council Member Don Zimmerman 512-978-2106

District 7 Council Member Leslie Pool 512-978-2107

District 8 Council Member Ellen Troxclair 512-978-2108

District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo 512-978-2109

District 10 Council Member Sheri Gallo 512-978-2110

Background
The City of Austin passed a resolution on May 7, 2015, to establish an Equity Assessment Tool for the city. This resolution passed as a result of the organizing work of our grassroots coalition. As a step towards creating the Equity Tool, the resolution mandated the city to create a working group to address health inequities.

Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, allgo, the Alliance for African American Health of Central Texas (AAAHCT), and immigrants’ rights organizers are stakeholders in that working group. As part of this process, the Health Department in collaboration with the community stakeholders presented a report back to the Health and Human Services Committee on Monday, August 3, 4 – 5 pm. The report recommends that the City of Austin include funds in its 2016 budget to address health disparities with community based projects that are holistic, culturally specific, non-traditional, and based in community organizing.

Considering the longstanding and persistent health inequities existing in Austin, we need to examine the root causes of this divide within our city. The proposals address some of the deep systemic inequities in Austin with relevant and accessible community projects. The projects address chronic disease amongst the African American community, health and wellness for LGBTQ communities of color, mental health services for immigrant communities, and maternal and infant health for mothers of color using a midwifery model.

JOIN US THIS THURSDAY TO SUPPORT RACIAL EQUITY IN AUSTIN TEXAS!!

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This Thursday August 20th 6:30pm join Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, allgo, immigrant’s rights organizers, the Alliance for African American Health of Central Texas, and other community members working on racial justice issues in Austin.

Join us at Austin City Hall this Thursday 6:30pm to urge City Council and the mayor to include funds in the 2016 budget to address Health Inequities in Austin!

Please sign and circulate the change.org petition to Austin City Council, Mayor and City Manager in support of this proposal! We will be presenting the petition to the City Council on Thursday.

We are now at the FINAL step, the budget hearings where the city council will make decisions on the upcoming budget for Austin.

Come out this Thursday 8/20 6:30pm at City Hall, 301 W. Second St.
Childcare and snacks provided.
Wear WHITE to show your support.

If you believe that working towards EQUITY is important in Austin, if racial justice is important to you, please join us and raise your VOICE!

For more info on this issue, check out some of our earlier posts.

Austin’s Budget Choices – Join Mama Sana Monday at the Health and Human Services Committee at City Hall

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If you believe that working towards EQUITY is important in Austin, if racial justice is important to you, please join us and raise your VOICE!

On Monday August 3rd, 2015 from 4-5 pm, the City of Austin Department of Health and stakeholders will be presenting key findings from the working group at the Health and Human Services Committee meeting.

Why??

To get community support on the proposed projects to address health inequities in Austin/Travis County. This presentation includes feedback from the last two community meetings.

Background

The City of Austin passed a resolution on May 7, 2015, to establish an Equity Assessment Tool for the city. This resolution passed as a result of the organizing work of our grassroots coalition. As a step towards creating the Equity Tool, the resolution mandated the city to create a working group to address health inequities.

Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, ALLGO, the Alliance for African American Health of Central Texas (AAAHCT), and immigrants’ rights organizers are stakeholders in that working group. As part of this process, the Health Department will present a report back to the Health and Human Services Committee on Monday, August 3, 4 – 5 pm. At this meeting, our community coalition will be co-presenting with staff from the Health Department. We will be proposing that the City of Austin include funds in its 2016 budget to address health disparities with community based projects that are holistic, culturally specific, non-traditional, and based in community organizing.

If you agree, please come out and voice your support for culturally specific non-traditional health projects that examine the root causes of the disparate health outcomes of our city. The proposals address some of the deep systemic inequities in Austin with relevant and accessible community projects. The projects address chronic disease amongst the African American community, health and wellness for LGBTQ communities of color, mental health services for immigrant communities, and maternal and infant health using a midwifery model.

Join us on Monday August 3rd, 2015 from 4-5pm at City Hall, 301 W. Second St.

Childcare and snacks provided.
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Help Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman secure access to community based, culturally specific healthcare and birthing options for mamas and families throughout Texas!

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At Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, we know that in order for all mothers and babies in Austin to be healthy, it is essential that social, racial, and economic equity exist for the whole community.

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With your support this year, we were able to:
  • Produce a report “Austin- A “Family-Friendly” City: Perspectives and Solutions from Mothers in the City,”
  • Organize members of the community to persuade the City of Austin to pass a resolution to establish an Equity Assessment Tool for the city,
  • Challenge the Texas Jail Commission about its treatment of pregnant women in detention,
  • Support 35 women during the prenatal, childbirth and/or postpartum period,
  • Support at least 25 families with basic needs during emergencies.
Now that the resolution has passed, the hard work of implementation is ahead of us. We are committed to ensuring that the people most impacted by city policy are actively leading and participating in the process.

Your generous donation will allow us to continue doing our work!

This fall we will be organizing folks most directly affected by inequities in Austin to hold the city accountable for longstanding disparities. Together, we will ensure that the city develops an equity tool th

at makes sense for all Austin families. We will also pressure the City of Austin to include funds in its 2016 budget for community-based projects that are holistic, culturally specific, non-traditional, and based in community organizing.

We need your continued support! We are an all-volunteer organization, working mothers coming together to organize and build a critical mass of community members to make Austin truly a city that is family-friendly for all. We rely on supporters like you who care about these issues to help defray expenses.

You might also consider becoming a Sustaining Donor. Sustaining gifts provide on-going and reliable support so we can focus on our activities. For example, with a monthly donation of $

10, you can help us meet all our event printing needs for the year.

Make a commitment and give today! A gift of any size will be deeply appreciated.

In solidarity and with deep gratitude, thank you.

Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman
Donate today to support our ongoing work, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to receive updates and information about our work.

Come Out to Raise Your Voice and Support Racial Justice and Equity Issues in Austin, TX!!

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Join Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, ALLGO, immigrant’s rights organizers, the Alliance for African American Health of Central Texas, and other community members working on racial justice issues in Austin.

The City of Austin passed a resolution on May 7th to establish an Equity Assessment Tool for the city. This resolution passed as a result of the organizing work of our grassroots coalition. As a step towards creating the Equity Tool, the resolution mandated the city to create a working group to address health inequities.

Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, ALLGO, the Alliance for African American Health of Central Texas (AAAHCT), and the organization previously named Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition are stakeholders in that working group. As part of this process, the Health Department will host the first of two community meetings on Thursday, July 9, 6-8pm. At this meeting, our community coalition will be co-presenting with staff from the Health Department. We will be proposing that the City of Austin include funds in its 2016 budget to address health disparities with community based projects that are holistic, culturally specific, non-traditional, and based in community organizing.

If you agree, please come out and voice your support for culturally specific non-traditional health projects that examine the root causes of the disparate health outcomes of our city. The proposals address some of the deep systemic inequities in Austin with relevant and accessible community projects. The projects address chronic disease amongst the African American community, health and wellness for LGBTQ communities of color, mental health services for immigrant communities, and maternal and infant health using a midwifery model.

If you believe that working towards EQUITY is important in Austin
If racial justice is important to you
Please join us and raise your VOICE!

The City of Austin Department of Health will host a community meeting on Thursday July 9th 6-8pm at the Southeast Health & Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis Drive, Austin, TX 78741. Why? To get community input on proposed projects to address health inequities in Austin/Travis County.

Come out next Thursday July 9th- 6-8pm
Raise your Voice for Racial Justice in healthcare in Austin/Travis County!
Childcare, Food and Spanish Interpretation will be available

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Austin City Council Votes Yes to New Equity Tool!!

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Thanks to all of your help and suppurt, the equity tool resolution PASSED at Thursday night’s city council meeting! For everyone who showed up from around Austin, Thank YOU!! It really, really helped for the Council to see all of the support there is from the community. Next step is making sure that the resolution’s implementation truly involves the people most impacted by city policy…

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, at the press conference on Thursday morning, said: “Persistent health disparities are not solved through healthcare improvements alone. Those of us who are now in city government did not initiate these disparities – they have existed for a long time – nor have we consciously chosen to exacerbate them. Some of us have fought directly against them. But REGARDLESS OF INTENT, the effects of systemic inequalities are here and we must address them in our community.”