Social Determinants of Health: The Community Impact of Hospitals

Austin PathwaysCommunity Health

Hospitals see value in addressing social determinants of health to improve the well-being of their communities. A concept known as social determinants of health, defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “conditions in the places where people live, learn, work and play [that] affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes,” is becoming a vital part of mainstream health care. But to achieve sustainable success in addressing Social determinants of health, experts say health systems need … Read More

Bringing Healthcare Home.. Even During a Pandemic

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“I don’t want to end this conversation pretending that our work is race neutral, because it’s not,” said Rodolfo Rodríguez, director of the health & wellness ecosystem at the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA).

Book: Smart Cities in Application

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Smart Cities in Application, explores categories of applications and driving factors surrounding the Smart City phenomenon. The contributing authors provide perspective on the Smart Cities, covering numerous applications and classes of applications. The book uses a top-down exploration of the driving factors in Smart Cities, by including focal areas including “Smart Healthcare,” “Public Safety & Policy Issues,” and “Science, Technology, & Innovation.”  Contributors have direct and substantive experience with important aspects of Smart Cities and discuss issues with technologies & … Read More

Austin’s Digital Inclusion Program

Austin PathwaysDigital Inclusion

Austin considers itself the tech hub of Texas — so much so that it has embraced the nickname “Silicon Hills.” U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked it as one of the nation’s best places to live. So it would be logical to assume its residents lead the nation in digital inclusion. But that assumption would be incorrect. Much work remains to be done to ensure digital inclusion for the city’s population, with the opportunity to access the internet and gain … Read More

Broadband for America’s Future

Austin PathwaysDigital Inclusion

Connecting our entire nation through High-Performance Broadband will bring remarkable economic, social, cultural, and personal benefits. Open, affordable, robust broadband is the key to all of us reaching for – and achieving – the American Dream.

Disrupting Food Insecurity

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An estimated 40 million Americans—including 12.5 million children—struggle with food insecurity, meaning they can’t afford an adequate diet. Federal nutrition programs and charitable meals make up the first line of defense, but solving this challenge will require communities to go beyond food to disrupt the root causes of economic distress.This dashboard equips counties with data about their food insecurity levels and related risk factors, identifies cross-cutting opportunities for intervention, and groups counties by shared challenges. Dive into your county’s data and explore … Read More

Connecting Economic Mobility Practitioners in Online Community

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The Center for Applied Public Research, has launched a pilot program connecting public sector employees across the country around the topic of economic mobility. The Economic Mobility Policy Forum, the first of its kind, kicked off this month with two webinars led by Policy Fellows, competitively chosen public sector leaders who have demonstrated in-the-field success. Topics discussed included gentrification, food systems, housing, education, and attempts to leverage technology and data to help low-income people. “It’s great to have so many … Read More

Smart Work Learn Play – Participatory Smart City Innovation and Digital Inclusion in Public and Subsidized Housing

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Publisher: Global City Teams ChallengeSmart Work Learn Play, initiated by the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA), with support from Next Century Cities, the Transit Empowerment Fund and the City of Austin’s Digital Inclusion and Transportation departments, aims to ensure that the design, deployment and use of smart cities technologies are inclusive and equitable. The program hires HACA-resident Smart City Ambassadors to work local government and corporate partners to: 1) teach HACA residents how to use digitally-enabled education, ... Read More

Code for America Annual Summit: Keynote

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Let’s talk about public-private partnerships, sustainability, metrics, smart cities and funding! Eager to hear about your most successful digital inclusion programming – from branding, promoting, monitoring and measuring results. Catherine began her career in the semiconductor industry, focused on public private research partnerships aimed at giving the U.S. a global competitive advantage. She’s played an active role in building the Unlocking the Connection program, a first-of-its-kind initiative to bring Internet connectivity and know how to every public housing authority resident … Read More

Pilot program will help Austin’s low-income city residents tend to health needs

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The staff at the Housing Authority of the City of Austin always knew that the families living in HACA’s 18 low-income housing properties faced a number of serious health challenges. The families HACA serves average around $12,000 in annual household income. That means many residents have to make difficult decisions when it comes to their own health. As HACA Executive Vice President Sylvia Blanco put it, “Sometimes it comes down to whether to fill a prescription or buy groceries.”

Austin landlords check in on residents’ health through new program

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Landlords at one Austin apartment complex will keep up on residents’ health through a program called, “Bringing Health Home. When was the last time your landlord called in or stepped by to not check on the status of a rent check, but the status of your health? Or the status of your child’s health?  For residents living at the Pathways at Booker T. Washington Terraces in East Austin, their relationship with their landlord is about to change for the better.

Got Extra Devices? Donate Them to Austin Pathways

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Publisher: The Austin Forum“Technology is now fundamental to most every aspect of society, enabling almost everything we do…” — Jay Boisseau, Austin Forum Founder and Director How smart can a city be if some of its residents aren’t connected? Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) residents aspire to participate in Austin’s smart city — but lack of access to devices and digital literacy can keep families from achieving their dreams of education, gig economy and other jobs, and ... Read More

Lyft Unleashes Its Own Fleet Of Scooters To The Austin Mix

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AUSTIN, TEXAS — Because, as you might (or might not) agree, Austin needs more dockless electric scooters on city roads and sidewalks, ride share firm Lyft added to the wheeled fleet with its own version of the contraptions, company officials announced Tuesday.For further details on Lyft’s Scooters in Austin, including how to get started, how and where to ride, Austin’s traffic laws, and where to park your scooter, Lyft’s blog post is accessible HERE. Potential riders also are encouraged to check out Lyft … Read More

Lyft expands its scooter service to Austin

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Lyft continues to expand its scooter service, announcing today that it’s now available in Austin, Texas. This is the the fifth region where Lyft has deployed its scooters and its first launch in Texas. While the company struck out earlier this year when it tried to get a permit to operate in San Francisco, it has since launched its scooter service in Denver, Santa Monica, Washington, DC and, as of yesterday, Arlington. Lyft said that it has teamed up with multiple Austin organizations