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Front Porch Gathering to Address Austin’s Healthcare Disparities

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image of porchEvent: Join community residents, thought leaders and health advocates for an exploration of Austin’s healthcare disparities at a Front Porch Gathering event hosted by UT Austin’s Community Engagement Center.

When: Tuesday, April 18, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Agard Lovingood Auditorium, Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St.

Background: As the social and economic demographics in Central Texas continue to shift, the narrative surrounding healthcare access, community wellness and health equity for traditionally underserved populations is both complex and consequential.

Health disparities reflect the differences in health status between different groups of people, and Austin continues to see inconsistency in the health and wellness of particular communities based on location.

With the hope to provide all Austin residents the opportunity to achieve comprehensive and holistic health regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, income or immigration status, changes in pre-determined access, policy and practice are essential.

The community-wide conversation will address a number of issues, including current resources, systems and approaches to addressing public health, access to care, behavioral health challenges, mental health stigma, and community services.

The CEC’s Front Porch Gathering represents UT’s open door to the Austin community, providing time and space for community collaboration. The monthly gathering works to address issues of equity, disparity, and access through active engagement and connects UT research and resources with community organizations and community members.

For more information about the Front Porch Gathering visit this website.