The African American Quality of Life Initiative focuses on preventing disease and promoting health by providing education and health screenings in underserved areas in the community.
Businesses that are subject to public health rules and ordinances must meet certain requirements for operation, including those that involve Food Enterprises, Custodial Care (Childcare and Adoptive and Foster Care Homes), and Pools and Spas (public and semi-public).
Serving the Austin five-county area for nearly 17 years, the Austin Area Comprehensive HIV Planning Council (HIV Planning Council) is a federally mandated planning body authorized under Part A of the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act to carry out duties which support the local Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.
The Office of Vital Records issues birth and death certificates. Birth records are confidential and available only to the person named on the record, immediate family, or legal representatives with appropriate documentation.
The vision of the Central Texas Diabetes Coalition is to have a Central Texas community that is empowered to prevent and manage diabetes.
The City/County Child Care Program works with Texas Rising Star 4-Star providers through Workforce Solutions Child Care Services (CCS) to provide subsidized child care for eligible families.
The Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (CDPC) program works to promote health and quality of life throughout Austin and Travis County by working within the community to prevent and control disease.
Health begins where we live, learn, work, and play. Our opportunity for health starts long before we need medical care. All Americans should have the opportunity to make the choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life, regardless of income, education, or ethnic background. (Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
Public Health and Human Services 1115 Waiver Transformation Projects
Using federal dollars, the City of Austin is improving the health outcomes of our community. Through the 1115 funding source, projects enhance access to health care, increase quality of care, or increase the cost-effectiveness of care and the health of the patient and families served.
The epidemiology and disease surveillance unit monitors the incidence of confirmed and probable cryptosporidiosis cases reported and issues periodic updates of the status of the investigations.
Need help? First Workers, the City of Austin Day Labor Center, is here to help. Open six days a week and offering quick drive-through service, First Workers' can provide you with laborers skilled in a variety of trades.
The Office of Vital Records issues birth and death certificates in the City of Austin. Death certificates are available only for deaths occurring within the city limits of Austin. Death records are confidential and are available only to the executor of the estate, immediate family, or legal representatives with appropriate documentation (notarized releases or court documentation.
Through the support of the Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department, nutrition education classes and diabetes prevention and self-management classes are offered throughout Travis County for residents, FREE of charge.
The 78744 Community Youth Development Program is a state funded program which provides an array of juvenile delinquency prevention services to support families and enhance the positive development of youth only in the 78744 zip code.
The current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak is centered on three countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, although there is the potential for further spread to neighboring African countries. Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public. There are no known cases of Ebola in the Austin/Travis County area.
Disease surveillance is an essential component of any public health system and is used to monitor disease trends over time, detect disease outbreaks, and increase our knowledge of risk factors contributing to disease development.
Influenza, more commonly known as the “flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It can be mild or severe. Most people will have mild illness and will not need medical care and will recover in less than two weeks.
Serious outcomes of the flu can result in hospitalization or even death. Some people are more susceptible to complications of the flu, including the elderly, young children, those with compromised immune systems, and people with certain health conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
Food safety is a key element to protecting public health and preventing the spread of food-borne illnesses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that each year roughly one in six Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.
Food Manager Certification is recognition that an individual has received certification in the safe preparation and storage of food to prevent food-borne illnesses.
The Food Protection system promotes health and prevents disease through education, training, and regulation, in partnership with operators and employees of the nearly 5,000 food service establishments in Austin and Travis County.
The Graffiti Abatement program removes graffiti from private and public property anywhere in the City of Austin.
The Health Department provides many health screening services.
The Austin Healthy Adolescent (AHA) Program engages, empowers, and collaborates with communities across Travis County to support youth in taking ownership of their own health and working to advance the health of their communities.
The Hepatitis Program provides free testing and vaccination clinics for people who are uninsured, under-insured, or Medicaid recipients.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter — even in microscopic amounts — from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces, or stool, of an infected person.
Getting tested is the most important thing you can do for yourself and for others in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Knowing your status empowers you to make informed decisions.
The HIV Resource Administration Unit (HRAU) is responsible for procuring HIV/AIDS primary medical care, treatment, and health-related support services for the City of Austin-funded HIV Prevention and Care Services, as well as multiple federal grants, including Ryan White Part A and the Minority AIDS initiative, Ryan White Part C, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS.
The Homeless Services staff supports the City's Self-Sufficiency and Responsibility Initiative, a comprehensive approach that provides services to help homeless people get back on their feet.
Many communicable diseases among children are preventable. However, fewer than half the children in Texas receive the immunizations they need by age two.
The injury prevention program strives to improve public health by taking actions to prevent injuries before they happen. The program works with partners in the community to incorporate injury prevention efforts into their ongoing programs.
The Maternal Infant Outreach Program (MIOP) provides support to African-American women who are pregnant, have a baby, or are planning a pregnancy.
The Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Program focuses on improving access to prenatal care. Our vision is to make Austin the place where the healthiest babies are born.
The Neighborhood Centers provide a variety of social services to low- and moderate-income families in need.
There are four ways to get a certificate: online, walk-in, by mail, or by phone.
A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. A flu pandemic occurs when a new virus emerges and people have little or no immunity to the virus.
The Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit monitors the incidence of confirmed and probable pertussis cases reported to the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department and issues periodic updates of the status of the investigations.
The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department inspects and issues permits annually for semi-public pools and spas, public pools open to the general public, and competitive event pools. We do not inspect private pools or spas or those under the jurisdiction of state or federal agencies. Public Interactive Water Features and Fountains (PIWFFs) are also permitted/inspected annually in the City of Austin.
Preparing for public health emergencies is critical to protect everyone’s health and wellbeing. Public health emergencies include natural disasters, disease outbreaks like pandemic flu, as well as those related to homeland security, such as a biological or chemical terrorist attack.
Regulations and ordinances play a critical role in reducing illness and improving health in the general population.
Regulations and ordinances play a critical role in reducing illness and improving health in the general population.
Under a grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Refugee Health Screening Clinic provides services to refugees relocating to the Austin/Travis County area. Services are also provided to asylees (individuals who are allowed to stay permanently in safety in the United States), Cubans who enter the US under the Cuban Adjustment Act, and Certified Victims of Human Trafficking.
The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department conducts the permitting and inspection of more than 4,000 food establishments in Austin, several local municipalities and rural Travis County. Food establishments should be inspected twice a year. If unable to be inspected at this frequency, then inspections are prioritized by risk.
The Rodent and Vector Control program assists individual property owners with eradicating mosquitoes and rodents on their property.
The Smoking Ordinance prohibits smoking in most public places and work places unless listed as an exception in the Smoking Ordinance.
The STD program provides counseling and testing, outreach and education, case management, and HIV surveillance.
This program offers help to quit tobacco, as well as support to help make long-lasting changes that promote tobacco-free living where you live, work, and play.
The Tuberculosis clinic provides evaluation of clients for latent and active TB disease. The clinic is equipped with complete X-ray facilities, an environmental isolation chamber for sputum collection, and a special ventilation system to protect people from infection while in the clinic.
Typhus prevention is directly related to flea control. The Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit monitors the incidence of confirmed and probable typhus cases reported to the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department and issues periodic updates of the status of the investigations.
Walk Texas ACTIVE AUSTIN is a 10-week program designed to help you begin or maintain a healthy lifestyle. For 10 weeks, participants record their daily/weekly physical activity, which converts to points depending on the number of active minutes and the intensity of the activity. At the end of the program, medals are given based on total points.
Water that is fluoridated at a level optimal for oral health (as is used in Austin) poses no known health risks for infants. However, some children may develop enamel fluorosis, a cosmetic condition where faint white markings or streaks may appear on the teeth. Fluorosis can affect both baby teeth and permanent teeth while they're forming under the gums.
Mosquitoes are among the most important insect pests affecting the health of people. They are not just annoying; they can also transmit many diseases. A rainy spring proceded by a mild winter, can lead to an active mosquito season.
WIC is the special supplemental nutrition program for pregnant women, new mothers and young children. Participants learn about nutrition and how to stay healthy, and receive benefits to purchase healthy foods. Services are free to those who are eligible. WIC is an equal opportunity provider.