Monday, October 17, 2022

Austin-Travis County Seeking Qualified Volunteers for Public Health Commission


Austin-Travis County residents encouraged to apply 

The City of Austin and Travis County are filling vacant board seats that would work to amplify the importance of public health services in our community. 

Austin’s City Council and the Travis County Commissioners Court are now seeking qualified applicants to serve on the Austin-Travis County Public Health Commission. 

The commission’s activities will include: 

  • Exploring the best/evidence-based public health practices for areas that need improvement and provide recommendations. 

  • Working to inform strategies that address health disparities that impact health outcomes for underserved patients and populations. 

  • Providing an annual report with observations and findings to help address any existing gaps, and influence and support investment in the improvement of overall public health programs, projects, regulations, and services within the governing entities in the City and the County. 

“The insights and perspectives we’ll glean from this commission will be invaluable for our mission as a public health department,” said Austin Public Health Director Adrienne Sturrup. “I eagerly await this opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the community with an intentional focus on the systems that drive key public health outcomes.” 

Any Austin-Travis County resident who is interested in working on the commission is invited to submit an application. The deadline for applications is Friday, November 14. 

In particular, the commission is seeking individuals who have experience working with underserved populations, with knowledge of health disparities and social determinants of health.