Your input still needed: Community Forum on Health Equity- July 18th

Hello, If you missed the Community Forum on Health Equity last week, you still have another opportunity to attend. Please make plans to come out and give input on efforts being made to address health inequities in the City of Austin. The forum is Saturday, July 18th, 10:00 a.m. - Noon at the YMCA North, 1000 Rundberg, Austin, TX 78758. Attendees will have an opportunity to share their ideas and viewpoints through small group discussions or by speaking individually to the entire group. Even if you can't stay the whole time, still come and share your opinion and leave when you need to. 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 a 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 is hosting two community meetings. This Saturday is the second forum. At the meeting, the community coalition will co-present with staff from the Health Department. We will propose 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. We need you to come to hear what the work group is proposing and voice your support or concerns. I hope to see you there. If you have questions or need additional information, don't hesitate to contact me. All the best,

Marva Overton

Executive Director

Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas