Austin Public Health is looking to fund place-based projects to prevent chronic disease in areas of Austin and Travis County with health disparities. Projects can be up to $2500 and should focus on making a lasting change.

Projects should focus on one or more of these topics:
• Active Living
• Healthy Eating
• Tobacco-free Living
• Breastfeeding support

Check out the Mini Grant Application here!

Thanks so much to everyone who has helped keep Healthy Places, Healthy People moving forward. We are proud to launch our new site and the resources we have available to help individuals and organizations create healthier spaces where they live, work, play and learn.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out all of the great local success stories we have captured on film and posted throughout the site, and on our YouTube page. We hope you find the site useful and the stories inspirational. Please let us know what we can do to help you take action now!

We hope you’re all having a great summer kick-off! Over the next couple of months, you may notice changes taking place on the Healthy Places, Healthy People website. Some have already begun! Essentially, all of the great work done through the strategic planning process in 2010 is coming to fruition. The nine strategies recommended by the community now have funding, as well as a few other recommendations made since then- all in an effort to move forward in a comprehensive approach to reducing chronic disease in Austin/Travis County. More information to come soon!

I have a couple of big announcements!

 As you may have heard, the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department (HHSD) was recently awarded a $1,026,158 Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for fiscal year 2011-2012.  This grant will allow us to build on our current efforts to implement evidence-based policy, environmental, programmatic and infrastructure changes that address tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, increased use of high impact quality clinical preventive services, and healthy and safe physical environments.

 The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department is convening a meeting of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Coalition on Tuesday, December 13th from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Rosewood-Zaragosa Neighborhood Center Gymnasium (Located at  2800 Webberville Rd.).  At the December 13th meeting we plan to:

  • Provide updates on our current initiatives
  • Provide an overview of the Imagine Austin plan and how it relates to our efforts
  • Discuss next steps for the Community Transformation Grant

This is a very exciting time for us as we move forward with the CTG.  I look forward to seeing you on December 13th!

 Speaking of Imagine Austin, the deadline for public comment on this plan – which will basically dictate how Austin develops over the next 30 years – has been extended to December 15th.  One of the proposed priority areas, creating a Healthy Austin program, will focus on making healthy choices available, affordable, and easier than unhealthy choices.  You can rank priorities and provide your input to the full 30-year plan at www.imagineaustin.net by December 15th.   

 Thank you for your ongoing support, and wishing you all a special holiday season!

Austin is on the cusp of some big changes! There is an amazing amount of synergy in this community for maximizing resources and creating the Austin we want in the future. The Imagine Austin project is re-imagining and re-writing the City’s planning and development code, and will guide the ways in which our City and the outlying areas develop over the next 30 years. Possibilities are opening for more pedestrian and bike-friendly neighborhoods, recreation areas, and equitable access to healthy food options for all residents. The process for providing input is coming to an end soon after two years of community meetings, visioning, and discussion. It’s exciting to see how many of our nine recommendations from the Healthy Places, Healthy People initiative are already represented in the Draft Plan, and if you haven’t reviewed this document, now is the time!

There are only a few days left for online public comment.  After reviewing the Draft Plan, you can offer feedback online or attend the next Interact with Imagine Austin Open House, scheduled for Monday, November 14th, 6:00 – 8:30pm at the Seton Administrative Offices located at 1345 Philomena Street.  We hope you will join the discussion and advocate for ways to make healthy eating and physical activity the easy choice for all Austinites.