We work to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.
National Public Health Week is April 3-9, 2017, a great time to learn about how public health protects and improves the health of the entire community so that we all benefit. Where you live, your income, education, race and access to health care mean as much as a 15-year difference in how long you will live. Change happens when we make healthy choices as a society. This means improving everything that impacts health —access to care, access to healthy foods, housing, education, income, community design, transportation and our environment. Our vision is to create the healthiest community in the nation.
Austin Public Health works to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live a long and healthy life, and strives to remove barriers that hinder those opportunities. In a recently released national survey, Travis County improved its ranking on overall health (5 out of 243 reporting Texas counties) compared to all participating counties in the state: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/
Public health focuses on preventing disease, promoting a healthy lifestyle, protecting your health by ensuring health codes are met, and responding to public health emergencies. Austin Public Health accomplishes these goals with a variety of programs and services, such as: immunizations for the uninsured, inspections and permitting to ensure food safety, diabetes education and prevention, screenings to identify health risks, HIV prevention and outreach, tobacco cessation, rodent and mosquito control, disease surveillance and tracking, programs to improve outcomes for pregnant women and newborns, and nutrition supplements for women, infants, and children, among many others.
As part of Public Health Week, Austin Public Health will have information on display for the public to learn more about what we do every day in the community.
City Hall Atrium, 301 W. 2nd St., Austin, 78701
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 4 and 5, from 10:30am to 1:30 pm
Thursday, April 6 from 9am to 5pm