In the Works (masthead)
October 2016 EDITION

Our November 17th event Housing + Health: Building Blocks of Equity and Opportunity is only four weeks away! In anticipation of this event, we are focusing much of this newsletter on food access, a part of the affordability crisis in Central Texas that is affecting the health of entire neighborhoods. We're highlighting two local programs that are instrumental in helping lower income residents gain access to affordable and healthy food, and a member of the Austin City Council who has made improving food access a personal mission.

Our daylong Housing + Health summit will create important conversations and collaborations between housing and community development professionals, health care professionals, and financial institutions.  With the opening of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, the dialogue around housing and health has never been more timely.
You can find out more about the summit, including registration information, speaker bios, sponsorship information, and the full agenda, on our website:  We hope you can join us on November 17th!

-- Mandy DeMayo
Executive Director, HousingWorks Austin

Register Early for Summit
Meet Our Distinguished Group of Summit Speakers and Panelists
During our daylong Housing + Health summit, we will hear from a diverse range of nationally-recognized speakers, including David J. Erickson, Director of Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Ruth Ann Norton, President and CEO, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative in Baltimore, Maryland; and Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, a Boston area pediatrician and researcher. Our national experts are complemented by local experts in housing and health, including Bert Lumbreras, Assistant City Manager for Community Services, City of Austin and S. Claiborne " Clay" Johnston, MD, PhD, Dean, University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. You can learn more about our speakers and panelists on our website  and register on the summit main page
Community Gardens
Community Gardens Serving Up Access to Healthy, Affordable Food
Studies have shown that childhood obesity is a serious health issue in parts of Austin where residents have less access to food that's healthy and affordable. Advocates say part of the solution is community gardening. There are dozens of community gardens in the Austin area, particularly in affordable and senior citizen developments, and more are on the way as the City has deepened its commitment to equity in food access. Learn more in this Keep Austin Affordable video.
Tai Chi at Wildflower Terrace
Something Healthy & Affordable Is Cooking in SFC's Happy Kitchens
Sustainable Food Center is best known for its community gardens and farmers' markets that make fresh, healthy and affordable food accessible to people in Austin. It's even better when we know how to prepare that food in a healthy and affordable way. That's where SFC's Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre program comes in. In this Keep Austin Affordable Video, we find the Happy Kitchen cooking class set up in one of Foundation Communities' affordable developments. 
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