Press conference will share data points that impact the health of the community and how to address health disparities.
What: The release of the 2017 Critical Health Indicators Report represents the Austin Public Health Department’s efforts to gather, analyze, and present information on adverse health conditions that affect the county’s population. A press conference will be held with various partners to share data points that impact the overall health of the community and what is being done to address health disparities.
When: April 6, 2017
Where: Austin City Hall
301 W 2nd St.
City Hall News Conference Room 1034
Why: Data in the report notes many successes in creating a healthier community such as fewer middle and high school students using tobacco products, decreasing lung cancer deaths, and declining rates of infant deaths for African Americans. In spite of the successes, a number of challenges persist. People living in eastern Travis County, known as the “Eastern Crescent,” die at a younger age compared to those living in western Travis County. There is still an HIV epidemic and it remains a major health issue in Travis County. And unhealthy diets contribute to higher rates of cardiovascular disease and obesity
Invitees: Shannon Jones, Director, Austin Public Health; Stephanie Hayden, Deputy Director, Austin Public Health; Jonathan A. Morgan, Interim Executive Director, Community Care Collaborative; Christie Garbe, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Central Health; Ellen Richards, Chief Strategy Officer, Integral Care; Sherri Fleming, Director, Travis County Health and Human Services.