Stories by Katherine Corley

Friday, November 22, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Central Health approves $10 million line of credit to facilitate capital purchases

On Wednesday evening, the Central Health Board of Managers unanimously approved a $10 million revolving line of credit through JP Morgan that Central Health can use for future capital purchases of information technology, furniture and equipment.Like a credit card, a…

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Environmental Commission clashes over potential wastewater line near Marble Creek

After a two-hour discussion on Nov. 6, the Environmental Commission recommended against a variance that would have allowed a developer to place an 860-foot portion of a large wastewater line within the inner half of the critical water quality zone…

Friday, November 8, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Audubon Society recommends strategies to reduce bird deaths in Austin

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Environmental Commission, Christy Esmahan, a member of the Travis Audubon Board of Directors, reported that nearly 30 percent of North America’s bird population has vanished in the last 50 years, per a September 2019 study…

Monday, November 4, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Initiatives at Central Health Enterprise target employee advancement and salary equity

Central Health Enterprise will introduce its Emerging Leader program this fall, designed to train employees in the leadership skills they need to apply for supervisory and managerial positions. All employees of Central Health Enterprise – which includes CommUnityCare and Sendero…

Friday, October 25, 2019 by Katherine Corley

New Dell Med initiative embeds health interventions in community programs

On Monday, UT Dell Medical School launched Factor Health, a new initiative in Austin and Houston that builds and tests programs to deliver health interventions outside clinics and hospitals, per a Dell Med press release. Social service provider Meals on…

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 by Katherine Corley

New recycling receptacles coming soon to Austin parks

Years of advocacy to implement recycling in Austin’s 300 parks is beginning to pay off. Starting this fall, 800 new recycling bins will be installed alongside 800 new trash cans in Austin’s parks over the next four years, said Meredith…

Friday, October 4, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Council expands pilot program providing employment for homeless

On Thursday City Council authorized $720,000 from the city budget to fund an additional year of the growing Workforce First program, which offers temporary work opportunities and supportive services to individuals experiencing homelessness. The money will be drawn from the…

Monday, September 30, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Steady increase in chronic disease patients seeking help from CommUnityCare

Nearly 26 percent of CommUnityCare Health Centers’ patients in 2018 sought care for chronic diseases such as HIV, diabetes and heart disease – up from 18 percent in 2016 – said CommUnityCare CEO Jaeson Fournier at Wednesday’s Central Health Board…

Friday, September 20, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Central Health budget passes after last-minute questions dominate vote

After a nearly five-hour meeting, Central Health’s volunteer board of managers voted to approve Central Health’s Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget on Wednesday night. During the hours leading up to the vote, multiple board members introduced significant new questions about the…

Monday, September 16, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Despite road safety concerns, ZAP approves final plat for Oaks at Slaughter development

Despite some residents’ concerns about road safety, on Sept. 3 the Zoning and Platting Commission approved the preliminary plan and final plat for the nearly 19-acre Oaks of Slaughter mixed-use development, which will house an HEB and retail shopping next…

Friday, September 13, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Travis County considers how to recoup revenue

As the deadline for Travis County’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget draws near, the Commissioners Court is grappling with how to appropriately price county fees and services in anticipation of the 3.5 percent property tax increase cap that will go into…

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Central Health presents 2020 draft budget with substantial structural changes

Central Health, the Travis County health care district that provides medical care to indigent residents, unveiled its preliminary 2020 budget on Monday evening at a community discussion held at its headquarters in East Austin.This year’s budget incorporates a 6.9 percent…

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