a monthly newsletter from Integral Care
a monthly newsletter from Integral Care
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, I’d like to reflect on Integral Care’s commitment to Spanish-language access and culturally competent care. Mental health conditions are on the rise in the Hispanic community and access to treatment is an issue. In 2018, nearly 60% of Hispanic young adults 18-25 and 40% percent of adults 26-49 with serious mental illness did not receive treatment. Integral Care is committed to breaking barriers to mental health care faced by this community.
First, some significant Travis County data. According to the Community Advancement Network (CAN), who closely track the health and wellness of our community by race and ethnicity, 34% of Travis County residents are Hispanic and 38% report that they speak English “less than very well”.
Integral Care believes that language access and person centered, culturally competent care lead to better health outcomes.
Spanish-language access and person-centered, culturally competent care reduce health disparities and racial inequities for the Hispanic community and build a healthier Austin-Travis County. We are proud to ensure our increasingly diverse community receives appropriate care responsive to their needs.
Chief Executive Officer
We have made significant progress towards our goal of discovering and eradicating our own institutional racism and structural inequities since we last updated you in July.
Integral Care is proud of the work we’re doing to create more equitable access to services and to continue to build an organization that values diversity and equity. We look forward to sharing more with you soon.
What better way to celebrate Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct 3-9) than with fun photos of Integral Care family and friends (a.k.a. Team Incredibles) taking part in the recent NAMIWalks Your Way. Since NAMIWalkers were unable to join together in person for the usual walk to the Capitol, we were active in other ways to support mental health. We rode bikes, gardened, practiced yoga and more. Integral Care is proud to be an ongoing sponsor for the yearly event and to collaborate with NAMI-Central Texas (NAMI-CT) through community forums, mental health toolkits and more to build health and well-being in our community.
Thank you, NAMI-CT, for your incredible work providing advocacy, education, support and public awareness in our community. And thank you to the 134-strong Team Incredibles who participated in NAMIWalks 2021.
Help us in Bridging the Gap! While Integral Care could not do the work we do without funding support from national, state, local sources and grants, our October fundraising campaign is aimed at bridging the gaps that our funding may not cover in areas such as:
Your generosity creates transformative change in individual lives, improving the well-being of our overall community. Make an impact. Be a champion for mental health.
We are truly grateful to David Springer, PhD for his 4 years of service as a member of our Board of Trustees. David is the Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service and a Distinguished Professor at the University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs. The expertise he brought to our Board, particularly around juvenile justice and positive youth development, has been invaluable.
This month, Deborah Smith joins the Board. She is a digital media and documentary film producer who works to end racial, gender and economic inequality by creating powerful, authentic media while diversifying her industry through education and employment of low-income youth and young people of color. Deborah has worked for the Texas Facilities Commission Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program and is a 2016 Central Health Community Health Champion.
We would also like to recognize Luanne Southern and Sarah Llamas Churchill who were re-appointed to another term on our Board by the City of Austin. Thank you for continuing your service to Integral Care and the people that we serve.
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