Mama Sana Vibrant Woman
Mama Sana Vibrant Woman (MSVW) is a community organization that works to facilitate access to culturally appropriate and quality, prenatal and postnatal care for women of color in Austin and Travis County. Our mission is to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes for communities of color in central Texas by providing education and support. Our Vision is a just and loving world where all mothers receive attentive quality loving care and where all communities have equitable resources to care for their children.
Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas
The Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas (AAAHCT) is a community-based nonprofit organization located in Austin, Texas. AAAHCT was initially founded due to a recognized need for an entity that continually focuses on improving health outcomes for Blacks in the Central Texas region. Like other parts of the U.S., Central Texas has a disproportionate number of Blacks living with, and dying prematurely from, preventable diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, and maternal and infant mortality.
Collaboration is key to ensuring healthy communities
The School of Nursing is working alongside community partners Mama Sana/ Vibrant Woman (MSVW) and the Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas (AAAHCT) to ensure that Austin neighborhoods are able to access the care and resources they need. The projects they are collaborating on are addressing health care inequities, thanks to two sixyear grants totaling more than $3 million from the City of Austin. The health equity grants, the first ever awarded by the city, will address health disparities in underserved populations.
Healthy Lifestyle Change Program: Chronic disease self-management leads to improved health
Chronic diseases and conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems facing the nation today. In addition to diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, Jessie suffered from acid reflux. “The (Better Me) program seemed simple enough, and I could see it offered a lot of support,” Jessie, a 70-year-old African American from Austin, said about A Better Me, a program designed to help participants set fitness goals and achieve a healthier lifestyle.