The funding provided to local community-based organizations focuses on services for the client. When we support well-being we ensure that everyone can reach their potential and contribute to the community. Programs must be evidence-based, research-based, or promising practices which promote self-sufficiency across a life continuum, from birth to old age.
The Austin Healthy Adolescent (AHA) Program engages, empowers, and collaborates with communities across Travis County and Del Valle to support youth in taking ownership of their own health and working to advance the health of their communities.
Austin Public Health Social Services funding supports many homeless services and initiatives across the city.
The Office of Vital Records registers births and deaths that occur within the city limits of Austin. Birth and death records are confidential and certificates are available only to the person named on the certificate, immediate family, or legal representatives with proper 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 and Injury Prevention (CDIP) program works to promote health and quality of life throughout Austin and Travis County by working within the community to prevent and control disease. To learn more about Injury Prevention, please visit our Injury Prevention page
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 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 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.
Through the support of Austin Public Health, free nutrition education classes and diabetes prevention and self-management classes are offered throughout Travis County for residents. Register for a class by clicking here.
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.
Austin Public Health is a great department to join. We are proud of our diverse workforce and the work they do. Employees at all levels are selected based on their qualifications, skills, and abilities.
The Environmental Vector Control program provides education, information and ideas on techniques that can be used by individual property owners to mitigate or eradicate mosquitoes and rodents on their property.
Disease surveillance is at the heart of a public health system. It is used to monitor disease trends over time, to detect disease outbreaks, and to increase our knowledge of risk factors that contribute to disease development.
This program works with operators to ensure food safety within fixed food establishments. These establishments undergo routine inspection to ensure they meet safety standards and employ staff that are properly trained and credentialed. Types of fixed food establishments include: restaurants, warehouses, convenience stores, food manufacturers, and food wholesalers.
Influenza or “flu” is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract. The flu does not discriminate and can be a potentially serious and even deadly disease for anyone, regardless of age or health status. The good news is that the flu vaccine can help prevent the flu and lessen flu-like symptoms.
Austin Public Health 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that roughly one in six Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 visit the hospital, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases every year. Personnel training programs serve to educate employees in food safety techniques and the prevention of foodborne illness.
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 City of Austin is partnering with Farmshare Austin, the Sustainable Food Center, and other partners to offer fresh, affordable, convenient, and nutritious food.
There are four ways to get a birth or death certificate: walk-in, online, by phone, or by mail.
The City of Austin's graffiti initiative -- Make Art Not Marks -- is an effort to increase awareness and education about graffiti in our community, including how to report and remove illegal graffiti, as well as providing opportunities for local artists to nurture the creative culture that thrives in Austin.
The Health Equity Unit works provides community-based programs and services to ensure all our residents have the opportunity to reach their full health potential no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, immigration status, or income level.
The Health Department provides many health screening services.
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.
Austin Public Health is now offering free COVID-19 vaccines to everyone ages 12 and up. Schedule an appointment for you and your child today at (512) 972-5520.
The injury prevention program works 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 peer support to African-American women who are pregnant.
Children should receive their first dose of MMR vaccine between 12 and 15 months of age, another dose at 4-6 years of age. MMR vaccine is generally first given at 12 months of age in the United States but is sometimes recommended for children as young as six months of age who are traveling outside the United States or could be infected in an outbreak.
This program ensures proper food safety at all mobile food establishments, such as food trailers, motor vehicles, pushcarts, and kiosks.
Mom’s Place Lactation Support Center is a specialized breastfeeding support clinic and training center where mothers can receive breastfeeding assistance.
This virtual Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) works to find and provide resources from multiple service providers to individuals and families affected by disaster.
The Neighborhood Centers provide emergency rent, utility and food assistance to low- and moderate-income families in need.
All City of Austin Neighborhood Centers are currently closed to the public for regular services due to COVID-19. If you need rent, utility or food assistance, please see below for how to apply.
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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.
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by bacteria. It is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe.
This program ensures that all public and semi-public aquatic facilities follow proper safety guidelines. These facilities include public pools, training facilities, spas and interactive water features.
Preparing for public health emergencies is critical to protect everyone’s health and well-being. .
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 federal grant from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, 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 STD program provides counseling and testing, outreach and education, case management, and HIV surveillance.
It is now easier than ever for you to know your HIV status. Austin Public Health now offers drive-up (~20 minutes) HIV testing. The best part- it’s all free. In-clinic after-hours are back for STI testing. Call (512)972-5580 to make an appointment.
The Smoking Ordinance prohibits smoking in most public places and work places unless listed as an exception in the Smoking Ordinance.
This program ensures that proper food safety practices are followed at temporary events where food or beverages are served.
This program offers help if you're ready to quit smoking or using tobacco. It can also support you in making 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 TX and More is a 10-week structured program designed to help people move more. For 10 weeks, participants record their daily physical activity, which converts to points depending on the number of active minutes and the intensity of the activity.
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.
Mom’s Place Lactation Support Center is a specialized breastfeeding support clinic and training center where mothers can receive breastfeeding assistance from:
- Registered Nurses, Board Certified Lactation Consultants
- International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs)
- Breastfeeding Peer Counselors who provide basic support and follow-up care.
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.
New Temporary Fruit and Vegetable Benefit Increase!
A new temporary fruit and vegetable dollar amount increase is available through the end of December. This extension has different dollar amounts based on your category. Eligible clients will receive the following:
Austin is committed to being the most family friendly city in the country with policies and decisions that support and enhance the quality of life for families and children. This commitment should then be realized through structures which ensure every major city policy is evaluated for its effect on families with children.
Developing a healthy, informed, productive, culturally tolerant and civic minded citizen.
Zika virus disease is caused by the Zika virus. It is spread to people mainly through getting bitten by an infected mosquitoes.