Transparencies February 2022


A monthly newsletter from Integral Care

Strengthening Our Network of Mental Health Support

A Message From Our CEO

Racism, discrimination, and inequity can significantly affect a person’s mental health. African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health issues than the general population. While research on the psychological impact of racism and racial discrimination has only emerged within the last two decades, studies show that experiencing either can affect people’s health. Studies also show that race-related stress and trauma are associated with the development of lifetime depressive and mood disorders. It is more important than ever to strengthen our network of mental health supports for people who are struggling right now or may have faced healthcare disparities and discrimination in the past.

Each February, Integral Care hosts the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference to bring information and resources as well as build a community of support. Last week, the conference celebrated 22 years. The conference boasted over 551 attendees from 8 states, 2 keynotes, 29 presenters, 19 workshops and live entertainment. CTAAFSC speaker topics included parenting, faith and mental health, overcoming trauma and grief, health equity, substance use, domestic violence, the child welfare system, and much more. Attendees represented people with lived experience, mental health specialists, members of the faith community, and business, non-profit, and community leaders.

I invite you to visit the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference website in the coming days and watch our keynotes and workshop presentations. In the meantime, here are some highlights from our phenomenal keynote speakers.

Regina Louise, author & child advocate, shared her story of growing up in the foster care system. Ms. Louise emphasized the importance of self-love. In one of her books, she talks about “lovefirmations,” a mash-up of “love” and “affirmation.” These statements offer ways to give ourselves unconditional love and appreciation.

Mike Veny, corporate wellness coach and bestselling author, shared helpful self-care exercises like doing a “brain dump.” Make a list of the things that are running through your mind so that you can get them out of your head, which helps ease stress and anxiety and gain clarity.

Thank you to our Central Texas African American Family Support Conference Planning Committee, our sponsors, and public and private community collaborators who make this conference a reality every year. Looking forward to celebrating 23 years in 2023!

David Evans
Chief Executive Officer

Transparencies Archive

Past Transparencies sorted by year


January 2022: Looking Ahead in 2022


December 2021: Celebrating Progress & Innovation in 2021

November 2021: Action Steps Toward Preventing and Ending Homelessness

October 2021: Language Access & Racial Equity

September 2021: Treatment & Addiction Psychiatry at Integral Care

August 2021: Returning to School plus the Legislative Wrap-up

July 2021: Creating Lasting Change for BIPOC Mental Health

June 2021: Facts & Resources This Pride Month

May 2021: Mental Health Month

April 2021: How do we help Austinites experiencing homelessness?

March 2021: Growth and Positive Change

February 2021: How Do We Create a Better Future?

January 2021: Looking Ahead to the Legislative Session


December 2020: Supporting Your Mental Health This Winter

November 2020: How do we rebuild health and well-being during a pandemic?

October 2020: With Collaboration Comes Innovation

September 2020: Success Stories of Recovery and Suicide Prevention

August 2020: A Back to School Season Like Never Before

July 2020: Minority Health Disparities & COVID-19

June 2020: Stronger Together

May 2020: Surviving and Thriving During Uncertain Times

April 2020: Persevering During COVID-19

March 2020: Collaborations and Initiatives to Improve Health for the IDD Population

February 2020:Solutions to Health and Health Care Disparities

January 2020: Sucicide Prevention a Local Effort


December 2019: A Year of Thriving Care & Collaboration

November 2019: Teamwork and Collaboration Impact Homelessness in Travis County

October 2019:Making Strides for World Mental Health

September 2019: Taking Steps to Recovery Support

August 2019: Working Together for Child & Youth Mental Health

July 2019: Legislative Wrap-Up – Some Bipartisan Wins for Healthcare

June 2019: Strengthening Access for Veterans and the Entire Military Family

May 2019: Women and Mental Health

April 2019: Legislative Session Status Report

March 2019: Making Opportunities for Recovery More Accessible

February 2019: Recovery is Possible

January 2019: Stronger Outcomes Through Collaboration

December 2018: Looking ahead to the 86th Texas Legislature

November 2018: How Tech is Changing the Face of Mental Health

October 2018: A Few Questions Could Help Save a Life

September 2018: Anyone Can Save a Life

August 2018: A Milestone Moment

July 2018: Equity in Mental Health Care for All

June 2018: Expanding Services for Veterans


May 2018: Your Mental Health Toolkit

April 2018: Time of Terror Calls for Increased Emotional Support

March 2018: Stopping the cycle of incarceration for individuals with mental illness

February 2018: Equity in mental healthcare for everyone

January 2018 : Improving Mental Health Through Partnership & Collaboration


December 2017: Strength Through Community

November 2017 : Healthy Lifestyles Improve Well-Being

October 2017 : National Child Health Day

September 2017 : Strengthening Families and Communities

Program Highlight: Central Texas African American Family Support Conference Planning Committee

The Central Texas African American Family Support Conference Planning Committee makes the conference possible. This amazing group of volunteers gathers all year long to create a meaningful conference. The Planning Committee solicits and selects the workshop topics, plans the entertainment, fundraises, and spreads the word about the conference. The committee is comprised of a diverse group of health professionals, advocates, and people with lived experience. Many of our committee members have been with the conference since it started in 2000. The commitment, dedication and heart of these individuals makes the conference what it is today – a unique, inclusive homecoming for people looking for information, support and resources. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts.

Welcome Lone Star Circle of Care

Integral Care is thrilled to welcome Lone Star Circle of Care to our 3000 Oak Springs Clinic where they will provide primary care. This collaboration supports our approach to integrated mental and primary health care. Together, we’re supporting the whole person – body and mind.

Black History Month Staff Picks

To celebrate Black History Month, staff from across the agency shared their favorite books, TV series, movies, podcasts and articles. We’re excited to share their recommendations with you.


Black Girls Must Die from Exhaustion
Jayne Allen

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou

Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Black Reconstruction in America
W.E.B. DuBois

What is the What
Dave Eggers

Call Us What We Carry (poems)
Amanda Gorman

Transcendent Kingdom
Yaa Gyasi

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man
Emmanuel Acho

The 1619 Project: A New Origin
Nikole Hannah-Jones

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
Heather McGhee

Storming Caesar’s Palace
Annelise Orleck

The Disordered Cosmos
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Family Properties
Beryl Satter

Harlem Shuffle
Colson Whitehead

The Warmth of Other Suns
Isabel Wilkerson




Do the Right Thing

Get Out


Just Mercy

When the Levees Broke

Something the Lord Made



Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show


Barbara Jordan’s 1976 Democratic National
Convention Keynote Address

Bill Russell: My Life, My Way

A Black Lady Sketch Show

Chewing Gum

David Makes a Man

A Different World

Everybody Hates Chris


I May Destroy You



The Proud Family

Queer Eye Fab 5

Raising Dion


Sister Sister

That’s So Raven

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

The Wire