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Austin Public Health
Approved Amount: $ 103,740,879
Approved FTE: 475.75
Department Director: Stephanie Hayden - Interim Director
Department Website: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/health
Department Phone: 512-972-5010

Department Mission:
The mission of the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department (HHSD) is to prevent disease, promote health and protect the well-being of our community.

Department Goals:

Strengthen Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes
  • Maintain Public Health Accreditation.
  • Provide over 43,500 certified birth and death certificates.

Improve Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Outcomes
  • Ensure 95% of women enrolled in Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) during pregnancy subsequently breastfeed their children.
  • Certify 60% of full time early childhood centers that serve at least 10% low income children are quality rated.
  • Establish that 89% of children/youth served by contractors progress to next developmental/academic level.
  • Reduce the incidence rate of reported cases of Measles, Pertussis, Mumps, & Rubella to 28 per 100,000 population.

Improve Quality of Life to Reduce the Years of Potential Life Lost due to Preventable Chronic Diseases
  • Reduce the number of tobacco related deaths below 650.
  • Ensure 85% of Quality of Life & public health nurse clients follow through with referrals to a health provider.

Minimize Public's Exposure to Foodborne Illness
  • Conduct 2.0 inspections per fixed food establishments annually.
  • Provide routine safety inspections for at least 60% of temporary establishments permitted.

Minimize the Spread of Communicable and Infectious Diseases within the General Population
  • Provide 100% of active tuberculosis patients with therapy within 12 months.
  • Arrange 95% of newly-diagnosed HIV+ clients linked to HIV- related with medical care.
  • Ensure 90% of STD clinic clients are examined, tested and/or treated the same day.

Assist People in Achieving Safety, Stability and Long Term Self-Sufficiency
  • Serve 60,000 unduplicated persons with basic needs by the Neighborhood Services activity.
  • Equip 30% of homeless residing in shelters with case management services.
  • Ensure that 75% of households receiving case management services transition into housing.
  • Certify 85% of clients enrolled in self-sufficiency case management will report a reduction or elimination of income barriers.