Source: Texas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
and Austin Public Health Department
Central Health’s Health Equity Policy Council is made up of community members and stakeholders who identify and advance policies the community can adopt to address health equity & wellness. The Council is pursuing policies to see vaping prohibited in all places where smoking is not allowed.
The Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Program, at Austin Public Health works to promote health and quality of life throughout Austin and Travis County. The Central Texas Diabetes Coalition and the Austin Tobacco Prevention & Control Coalition are two coalitions managed by the CDIP Program that are dedicated to improving individual health behaviors and the systems and environments in which people live. Free services include diabetes education and prevention classes, Walk Texas! Active 10-week challenge, Tobacco cessation referrals, and healthy eating and active living promotion.
HealthyATC.org, funded by Central Health, the Austin Public Health and Travis County Health & Human Services, is intended to help community members and policy makers learn about the health of the community. Tobacco is one of four priority areas.
Central Health is the lead agency for a six county Regional Healthcare Partnership Plan that describes how the region will transform healthcare delivery as part of a state-wide 1115 Waiver. The Plan includes several initiatives to address obesity and tobacco, two leading causes of chronic disease.