North Lamar/Rundberg “Community Health Assessment”

From October 2014 through May 2015, Latino Healthcare Forum (LHCF) was paid $75,000 by the City of Austin for a “community health assessment” of the North Lamar/Rundberg area. St David’s Foundation also contributed funding.
City of Austin contract with Latino Healthcare Forum

LHCF did not meet with the North Lamar/Georgian Acres neighborhood team, the broadly neighborhood-based group working to implement a vision and goals developed during a two-and-a-half year planning process, based on data and expertise of professionals. Instead, LHCF attached the project to an advisory group installed by the Austin police department and consisting primarily of non-stakeholders with no background in community health or related fields such as neighborhood development.

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The North Lamar/Georgian Acres neighborhood is a diverse and connected mixed-use area bounded by 183, North Lamar, Braker, and I-35. The "North Lamar/Georgian Acres contact team" (NLCT) works to achieve our vision of a safe healthy neighborhood for residents, property owners, and businesses.
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5 Responses to North Lamar/Rundberg “Community Health Assessment”

  1. Carl Webb says:

    Can you tell us the names of the people on the advisory group?

  2. nlct says:

    No. It’s a group created and maintained by APD, and the membership seems to shift.

  3. Carl Webb says:

    Well how do you know the advisory group consist primarily of non-stakeholders if you don’t know their names?

  4. nlct says:

    APD has provided various versions of the membership, publicly and privately. Various individuals have identified themselves as members at various times and in various forums, with various explanations of how they came to be members. At no identifiable point has the advisory group been “led by residents” or even consisted primarily of stakeholders.

    There have been instances where people identified by APD as members of their advisory group have said they are not members, never have been, and do not want to be.

    Please consider addressing questions about APD’s advisory group to APD.

  5. Carl Webb says:

    So the claim is LHCF attached the project to an advisory group installed by the Austin police department and consisting primarily of non-stakeholders with no background in community health or related fields such as neighborhood development. The information below is what I got the the Restore Rundberg Project website.

    Restore Rundberg Revitalization Team Members

    Chair: Erica Saenz, Place 6

    Co-Chair: Roberto Perez, Place 14

    Parliamentarian: Cary Roberts, Place 12

    Place 1: City of Austin Neighborhood Planning Representative. The Team representative for Neighborhood Planning will provide guidance and direction on the City’s planning process. This Team position is held by Ming Chu, Planner for the City of Austin Planning & Development Review Department.

    Place 2: Heritage Hills/Windsor Hills Neighborhood Planning Area Representative. This position is held by Linda Powers.

    Place 3: North Lamar/Georgian Acres Neighborhood Planning Area Representative. This position is held by Monica Guzmán.

    Place 4: North Austin Civic Association Neighborhood Planning Area Representative. This position is held by Randy Teich.

    The Team members for Places 2, 3 and 4 will represent the interests of those living within their respective planning area boundaries. The planning areas were defined by the neighborhoods prior to Council adoption of the neighborhood plans.

    Place 5: Education Representative (K-12 levels). The Place 5 Education Representative will provide guidance and insight into elementary, middle, and high school level academic issues and related challenges within the entire revitalization area. This Team position is held by Ann Teich.

    Place 6: Education Representative (higher education). The Place 6 Education Representative will provide knowledge, insight and guidance into higher education and trade-related issues and challenges within the entire revitalization area. This position is held by Erica Saenz.

    Place 7: Hispanic Leadership Representative. The Hispanic Leadership Representative will provide guidance on culturally relevant topics and will represent the interests of the Rundberg Neighborhood’s Hispanic community. This position is held by David Contreras.

    Place 8: Immigrant Community Representative. The Immigrant Community representative will provide guidance on culturally relevant topics and will represent the interests of the Rundberg Neighborhood’s immigrant community. This position is held by Abel Soto Lopez.

    Place 9: Faith-Based Community Representative. The Faith-Based Community Representative will provide assistance in networking within and representing the interests of the Rundberg Neighborhood’s faith-based community. This position is held by Pastor Rick Randall.

    Place 10: Affordable Housing/Homelessness Prevention Representative. The Affordable Housing/Homelessness Prevention Representative will provide guidance and insight into affordable housing and homelessness issues and challenges. This position is held by Jo Kathryn Quinn.

    Place 11: Public Safety Representative. The Public Safety Representative will provide guidance and direction on public safety issues, concerns, partnerships, and initiatives. This position is held by Donald Baker, Region II Commander, City of Austin Police Department.

    Place 12: Economic Development Representative. The Economic Development Representative will provide guidance and insight into private sector, business, and related challenges currently faced by the Rundberg Neighborhood. This position is held by Cary Roberts, Executive Director, Greater Austin Crime Commission.

    Place 13: Community Health Representative. The Community Health Representative will provide guidance on and assistance with resolving health-related challenges within the Rundberg Neighborhood. This position is held by Aida Cerda-Prazak.

    Place 14: Hispanic Leadership Representative. The Hispanic Leadership Representative will provide guidance on culturally relevant topics and will represent the interests of the Rundberg Neighborhood’s Hispanic community. This position is held by Roberto Perez.

    https://www.austintexas.gov/page/rundberg-revitalization-team

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