Awards

Do you know someone who is working hard to improve the health and well-being of our community?

Each year, the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference (CTAAFSC) presents several awards. The awards honor

  • A person with lived experience of mental health issues, substance use challenges, and intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community
  • Family members, professionals, and community leaders who are making a difference for people living with mental health issues, substance use challenges, and intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community.

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Garnet F. Coleman ‘Eternal Flame’ Award

This award was created to honor Texas State Representative Garnet F. Coleman. The award acknowledges his lifelong local and national work as well as achievements in health and human services.

Nominees will be judged on the following three criteria:

Involvement in state, local government and community

  • May be employed by any governmental entity
  • May be active in local community affairs in the Central Texas area
  • Is a highly respected person in the community
  • Volunteers or has volunteered on a board or in the community
  • Demonstrates commitment and dedication to the African American community

Committed to expanding health care access to all

  • Has changed attitudes about the value of contributions made by people with disabilities
  • Develops new and exciting activities that draw community interest and participation
  • Acts as a team player and encourages teamwork in others

Works to reduce health disparities in mental health

  • Advocates for mental health and wellness in the Central Texas area
  • Shares their knowledge and skills to promote the positive welfare of others with mental health issues.
  • Serves on committees that promote mental wellness in our community.
  • Has created an original idea or adapted an existing program, which resulted in a long-term benefit to African Americans.

PLEASE COMPLETE THIS APPLICATION TO SUBMIT YOUR NOMINEE.

Richard E. Hopkins ‘Torch’ Awards

The “Torch Award” acknowledges an individual who works to improve the lives of people living with mental health or other health-related issues. The individual must work within the Central Texas community. This award honors the work and advocacy of Richard E. Hopkins. Mr. Hopkins is a longtime conference supporter and past vice-chair of the Integral Care Board of Trustees.

Nominees will be judged on the following three criteria:

Advocate

  • Fosters the mission of people with lived experiences of mental health issues
  • Fights for the rights of people living with mental health issues through planning, participating or presenting in health-related areas in the Austin community.
  • A known supporter of the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference.
  • Demonstrates wisdom, courage and compassion.

Determined

  • A courageous leader who is an ambassador for mental health
  • Willing to make decisions based on community values
  • Skills that may affect individuals living with mental health issues and their families
  • Works well with individuals with mental health issues.
  • Identifies and develops ways to yield positive results for this conference

Role Model

  • Serves as a positive source of inspiration for the African American community
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to ethics
  • A trustworthy person in the community
  • Knowledgeable about the needs of individuals living with mental health issues.

PLEASE COMPLETE THIS APPLICATION TO SUBMIT YOUR NOMINEE.

Individuals can be nominated in the following categories:

  • Person with Lived Experience: An individual living with a mental health issue, substance use challenges or intellectual and/or developmental disability. They work to help others affected by similar issues.
  • Family Member: An individual with a family member or friend living with a mental health issue, substance use challenges or intellectual and/or developmental disability. They advocate or work to help everyone living with these issues, other health challenges or disparities.
  • Professional: A clinician, social worker or other individual. They work in a professional capacity to raise awareness and help everyone living with these issues, other health challenges or disparities.
  • Community Leader: An elected official, faith leader or other community leader. They use their position to help everyone living with these issues, other health challenges or disparities.