Our 2019 Recap


The 2019 Central Texas African American Family Support Conference brought together nearly 500 attendees. Over two dynamic days we explored health challenges and solutions for our community.

Vicky Coffee, Program Manager for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at the University of Texas and Kimberly Holiday (“Lady Joy”), motivational speaker and KAZI radio personality were our fearless emcees. This was a year of conference firsts – including a youth track and a very popular plenary session showcasing the wonderful variety of poster presentations. Yashi Brown, mental health advocate and daughter of singer Rebbie Jackson and Barbara Major, a successful community organizer, spoke their truths as our keynotes. Ronald Chisom, co-founder of The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, known for his winning Supreme Court case Ronald Chisom v. Charles E. Roemer, Governor of Louisiana, shared his infinite wisdom about undoing racism.

As always, the 2019 conference was a remarkable opportunity to come together and lift one another up as we move towards a healthier, more resilient future.


Here’s what conference attendees had to say.

“This conference is absolutely amazing. These is so much to learn, so much knowledge to gain, so many people to network with and to work with on these issues.”


“You have done it again. Thank you – this is like my vacation to come together with people and learn how we can be better.”


“This conference makes difficult subjects approachable, life affirming and cause for determined change.”


View the conference photo gallery here. (Day One) (Day Two)

View the full conference program and select presentations here.



Conference Highlights

  • Watch our short highlight video!
  • Over 20 interactive workshops
  • The “Bold and Unapologetically Walking in Victory” poster presentation showcase, with 15 impactful posters

Poster Favorite: Jacqueline Miller’s The Impact and Health Implications Adultification Has on African American Children

  • 38 exhibitors


DSC_7232Representative Garnet F. Coleman Eternal Flame Award Recipient

Jeff Futrell


Richard E Hopkins Torch Awards Recipients

  • Lorenzo Lewis – Consumer
  • Tarik Daniels – Community Leader
  • Sonya Hosey – Professional


Scholarship Winners

  • Robert Lilly & Clarence Watson – The Wood Group Educational Scholarship
  • Yolanda Ross – RR Coleman-Calahan Lodging Scholarship
  • Latasha Taylor – The Michele Bibby Educational and Lodging Scholarship
  • Mary Tolle – The Austin Area Mental Health Consumer Lodging Scholarship


CTAAFSC 2019 Sponsors

Integral Care 

Gold Level
Ascension Seton 
Austin ISD 
Austin Public Health 
New Milestones Foundation 
Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities 

Silver Level
Alzheimer’s Association, Capital of Texas 
Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. 

Bronze Level
Dell Medical School, Department of Population Health 
Sendero Health Plans 
The Wood Group 
Town Lake (TX) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated 
United Way for Greater Austin 

Alzheimer’s Texas 
Austin Recovery 
Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable 
Central Health 
NAMI Austin 




Special Thanks

We want to recognize a few key individuals who helped make this year’s conference memorable.

  • Commissioner Jeff Travillion and Assistant City Manager Christopher Shorter for their welcome remarks
  • Our keynotes Yashi Brown and Barbara Major
  • Special guest Ronald Chisom
  • Minister Rodney Geter for his comedy tribute honoring Tress Berry, longtime planning team member
  • Minister Daryl Horton and Minister Dusty McCormick for leading us in prayer
  • Sondra Johnson and Eileen “Sugar” Williams for their beautiful musical contributions
  • Nell Watts aka Gangster Granny for taking “time out to turn up”
  • The CTAAFSC Planning Team for creating an outstanding program