Join us next year for the 21st Annual Central Texas African American Family Support Conference on February 2-3, 2021 at Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Road).
We invite all school professionals, educators and support specialists who work with African American children to register to attend this conference. Come and be empowered with resources and build networks to better serve your students.
21st Anniversary Sponsorship Opportunities
Our sponsors, through a variety of giving levels, have an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. Your sponsorship makes it possible for us to offer a nominal $15 registration fee to consumers and family members for this 2-day conference, and help get them connected to local support and resources.
Email email@example.com to learn more about our 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities
The 19th Annual Central Texas African American Family Support Conference is just days away. We can’t wait to see you next week at the Palmer Events Center, located at 900 Barton Springs Blvd (78704). It is going to be an amazing conference! Check out the program here.
Below you will find important information to help you prepare.
- Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 AM both days.
- Parking is free in the Palmer Events Center garage, use of the Parking Code on this page. We will not be able to cover the cost of your parking if you self-pay.
- The Palmer Events Center parking garage opens at 7:30 AM. You must enter the garage from the Barton Springs Rd. entrance only. Please don’t enter on the Riverside Dr/Long Center entrance. Please see map below.
- If you have any problems with the Parking Code, conference staff will be available near the Barton Springs parking attendant booth to help you.
- Golf carts will be available if you need help getting from the garage to Exhibit Hall 2.
- After you arrive, visit Registration in Exhibit Hall 2 to get your name tag and program.
- The conference program is in session from 9:00 AM to 5:15 PM on Tuesday, and 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Wednesday.
- Don’t forget to join us Tuesday evening for our Reception from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Zax Restaurant.
Questions? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (512) 440-4098.
Yashi Brown is a writer, poet, spoken word artist and passionate mental health advocate. After a rare disappearance at 24 years old, she was found by Los Angeles law enforcement skipping along Ventura Boulevard in a psychotic, manic state. From then on, Yashi, daughter of Rebbie Jackson, eldest member of the high-profile musical Jackson family, vowed to keep her condition a secret as doctors diagnosed her with schizoaffective disorder, which was later confirmed as bipolar disorder type I. Today, she’s a passionate advocate for individuals with serious mental illness and openly shares her resilient story of recovery across multiple media outlets including the TODAY Show, Huffington Post, CBS, ABC News and Ebony/Jet. She was invited by President Obama’s office to participate in the National Dialogue on Mental Illness and was a recipient of SAMHSA’s Special Recognition Award at the 2016 Voice Awards. She also conducts poetry workshops for patients at California State Psychiatric facilities through her foundation project, People of Poetry (POP).
Ronald Chisom is co-founder of The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and a senior fellow of Ashoka’s Global Academy, a program for men and women seeking solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. He has organized workers and poor people throughout the South for over thirty-five years. In the 1990s, he co-founded and was associate director of the Treme Community Improvement Association, which won several significant Louisiana victories in New Orleans. His legal suit, Ronald Chisom v. Charles E. Roemer, Governor of Louisiana et al., challenged the Louisiana Supreme Court to achieve equal representation for the predominantly black city of New Orleans. Ron has served as an organizer, advisor, lecturer and consultant to a wide variety of community, legal, and church groups. He has led numerous workshops around the country on Undoing Racism®, community organizing, and leadership and strategy development. His many prestigious awards include: the Bannerman Fellowship, the Petra Foundation Award, the Pax Christi Bread & Roses Award, and the Tenant Resource Center Achievement Award.
Barbara Major, a native of New Orleans and Franklinton Louisiana, is a community organizer and trainer with over forty years of experience in local, national, and international community development efforts. Her work includes everything from nurturing leadership development efforts within local communities to assisting institutions in developing strategies to de-institutionalize racism. In particular, her contribution has been instrumental in developing The Peoples’ Institute for Survival and Beyond as well as the St. Thomas Community Health Center. Barbara’s expertise allows her to speak candidly from a grassroots and administrative view. Her leadership at the St. Thomas Community Health Center, has directed their work toward becoming an antiracist institution as well as increasing the voice of the community related to environmental and social issues with an analysis of institutional racism as it impacts health/mental health disparities. She has received numerous awards and citations for her achievements, but says “her family” is the greatest award that God has given her.
Do you know someone working hard to improve the lives of individuals affected by mental illness? If so, consider recognizing their efforts by nominating them for an award. You’ll find information about each award below.
Garnet F. Coleman ‘Eternal Flame’ Award
This award was created to honor Texas State Representative Garnet F. Coleman and acknowledges his life-long local and national work and achievements in health and human services
Award nominations are now closed.
This award will be given based upon the extent to which the nominee meets the following three criteria:
Involved in State, Local Government, and Community
- This person may be employed by any governmental entity or active in the local community that affects the Central Texas area.
- This person is a highly respected person in the community.
- A person who is/has been a volunteer on a board or in the community.
- This person demonstrates commitment and dedication to the African American community.
Committed to expanding health care access to all
- Has changed attitudes and enhanced the perception of the value of quality contributions of people with disabilities.
- This candidate develops activities that are new and exciting in ways that will draw community interest and participation of the target audience.
- Acts as a team player and encourages teamwork in others
Works on reducing health disparities in mental health
- Those that advocate for mental health and wellness in the Central Texas Area.
- Shares personal knowledge and skills with others in an effort to promote the positive welfare of others with mental health challenges.
- Serves on committees that promote mental wellness in our community.
- They have created an original idea or adapted an existing program which resulted in a long-term benefit to African Americans.
Richard E. Hopkins ‘Torch’ Awards
The “Torch” Awards acknowledges individuals who work to improve the lives of those affected by mental health or other health-related issues within the Central Texas Community. These awards honor the work and advocacy of Richard E. Hopkins, past Vice –Chair of the Integral Care Board of Trustees and longtime conference supporter.
This award will be given based upon the extent to which the nominee meets the following three criteria:
- Fosters the mission of people with mental health that have lived experiences.
- Fights for the rights of people with mental health challenges in planning, participating or presenting in health-related issues in the Austin community.
- A known supporter of the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference.
- Demonstrates wisdom, courage, and compassion.
- Demonstrated ambassadorship. Courageous.
- Willing to make decisions based on community values, and skills that may affect the consumers and their families.
- Works well with individuals with mental health challenges.
- Persistent in identifying and developing lucrative avenues that yield positive results for Central Texas African American Family Support Conference.
- Those who serve as a positive source of inspiration for the African-American community.
- They demonstrate a high commitment to ethics.
- A trustworthy person in the community.
- Knowledgeable about the needs of individuals with mental health challenges.
These individuals can be nominated in the following categories:
- Consumer: An individual with a mental illness, substance use disorder or intellectual developmental disability who works to help others affected by similar issues.
- Family Member: An individual with a family member or friend with a mental illness, substance use disorder or intellectual developmental disability and who advocates or works to help everyone affected by mental illness or other health problems or disparities.
- Professional: A clinician, social worker or other individuals who work in a professional capacity to raise awareness and help all people affected by mental illness or other health problems or disparities.
- Community Leader: An elected official, faith leader or other community leaders who use his or her position to help people affected by mental illness or other health problems or disparities.
Don’t miss the next Central Texas African American Family Support Conference on February 26th and 27th, 2019.
Learn · Connect · Grow
· Interactive Workshops · Inspirational Speakers
· Community Resource Fair ·Continuing Education
The conference – hosted by Integral Care – supports the African American community and embraces all members of the community regardless of race.
Nicole R. Conway is a mother, grandmother, wife and a new author. By looking at her no one would ever know that she is an over comer & survivor of a chiari malformation that threatened to paralyze her at the age of 40.
Nicole is a native of Seattle, WA and relocated to Austin with her family when she was 10 years old. She and her husband currently live in Austin, Texas and they have five children between them and two beautiful granddaughters. Nicole currently is a property manager for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and has more than 17 years of state service. Outside of her years of state service, Nicole is also a plus size model, wardrobe stylist/image consultant and a motivational speaker.
Her recently published book: Coco’s Chronicles: A Daily Dose of Inspiration is one of the many tools she uses to help others conquer mental health challenges that often times rob us of our dignity and confidence. Nicole says, “This book was written for those who have experienced valley lows as well as the mountain top. A book designed for those who have made bad choices, who have overcome obstacles that in turn have made them stronger. It’s one of triumphs, defeats and victories. Many times we are faced with distractions and difficult situations that throw us off track…these things were designed to make it hard to reach a place of safety. We are bruised but not broken.”
Mrs. Conway is a person with a lived experience of a debilitating mental health condition who is now living in continued wellness. She is very personable, transparent and always open to sharing her story in hopes of helping others.