Everyday in every part of our community, public health protects Austin and Travis County residents from infectious diseases and environmental threats and educates us about the benefits of healthful behaviors in avoiding chronic diseases.
- Services to help people meet needs across the lifespan, such as immunizations, shelter, food, clothing, and job assistance.
- Screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and tuberculosis.
- Nutritional support through the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC).
- Birth and death certificates.
- Inspection and permitting of restaurants and food establishments.
- Outreach and education on topics such as diabetes, tobacco cessation, mother-friendly workplaces, and injury prevention.
- Emergency preparedness programs to help people in need during and after natural and man-made disasters.
In May 2016, our department earned national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). This milestone is official recognition that Austin Public Health meets or exceeds the rigorous public health standards established by the non-profit, non-governmental PHAB. Jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PHAB sets standards against which public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance. Our department is the third public health department in the state to receive accreditation. To learn more about public health accreditation, visit the PHAB website.
Everyone will have an optimal quality of life, health and well-being.
To prevent disease, promote health, and protect the well-being of all.
- Prevent illness, injury, and disease;
- Promote community-wide wellness, preparedness, resiliency, and self-sufficiency;
- Protect the community from environmental and health hazards; and
- Strengthen collaborations and build new partnerships to advance health in all policies.
Community Transformation Program (DSRIP)
DSRIP (Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program) uses federal monies to support programs that improve the health of citizens in our community, and that enhance the health experience and outcomes of individuals. Conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes.
These designated projects address these health risks and outcomes by improving access to health care, increasing the quality of care, and improving the overall health systems in the Austin area. Specific programs target tobacco cessation, STD testing, diabetes management, post-partum care, and immunizations, with the goal of improving the well-being of everyone in our community.