Healthy Austin Coalition
Comprehensive Report on HAC Sub-Committees
Community Development & Education:
I. Link Austin residents with literacy and education programs that support them in
preparing for future employment opportunities.
II. Identify and work to address barriers to participation of Austin residents in
literacy and education programs
Dominican University will teach pre-GED classes for Austin residents who need
basic reading and math skills. These students will eventually move into the GED
classes upon completion of the pre-GED class.
The program will be hosted by the Peace Corner Youth Center and will act as a
pilot program. It will begin in October 2005. We expect to hold 4 classes a week
for up to 8 students per class: Mondays and Wednesday from 11am-1pm for the
youth, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am-1pm for adults (These dates and times
Goal: To strengthen the economic status of the Austin community by linking community
members to employment opportunities and strengthening Austin’s Home-Based
Business (HBB) efforts.
Hosting a career specific job fair
Partnering with Catapult (a consulting, coaching, and business development
company) to develop and provide support for women who own HBB’s and other
businesses in Austin.
Hosting a dinner for potential applicants for the Catapult Project. This affair
would present information about Catapult, have speakers: a graduate of Catapult
and a tax accountant to answer any questions regarding paying income taxes,
book keeping, etc… (Many of the HBB women are concerned with this because
they are on fixed incomes).
To create a coaching and business support group geared toward men who own
businesses in Austin, similar to that of Catapult’s called F.A.S.T. (Fostering
Austin’s Support Teams for Today and Tomorrow).
I. To enhance the physical, social and emotional well-being of Austin residents by
raising awareness about health issues and empowering community residents to
address their own health needs.
II. To identify & connect residents with health resources & services.
III. To foster collaboration between health agencies & organizations, CDPH,
hospitals & clinics, churches, etc.
Host or co-sponsor events such as health fairs, workshops, and block parties.
Host or co-sponsor organizations that offer free or low cost health screenings.
Attending various meetings to socially market ourselves.
Co-supporting the Westside Health Authority’s Healthy Lifestyles initiatives.
Developing our own newsletter.