We’re thrilled to announce our 2019 keynotes.

Yashi Brown

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

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

Barbara Major is a community organizer and trainer in New Orleans 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 work with the St. Thomas Community Health Center, which provides mental health services, yielded the following mission statement: the St. Thomas Community Health Center’s mission is to provide culturally competent health care of the highest quality, regardless of the ability to pay. St. Thomas Community Health Center fosters relevant research and educational activities directed toward achieving health initiatives that reduce health disparities in our community.

Do you know someone working hard to improve the lives of individuals affected by mental illness? Nominate them for an award.

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.

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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

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.

Please complete this application to submit your nominee.

 

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:

Advocate

  • 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.

Determined

  • 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.

Role Model

  • 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.

Please complete this application to submit your nominee.

 

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.

 

Registration Now Open

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The 2019 conference will be held on February 26-27, 2019 at the Palmer Events Center.

Join faith leaders, health professionals, advocates, people living with mental health challenges and their families to learn, connect and grow. Learn more about mental and physical health solutions. Build new relationships. Find out about health services and how to help yourself and others get the care you need. Together we can grow healthier and stronger.  

Prices
$15 Consumer/Family Members
$50 Community Members
$150 Professionals seeking CEUs

Register using a Credit/Debit Card

Register with Purchase Order or Check

If you are in need of financial assistance to cover the conference registration fee, please email info@ctaafsc.org

Continuing Education Units
Professional and Peer Support Continuing Education (CEU) will be available. Only Certified Peer Support Specialist CEU’s are free of charge.

Save the Date – February 26-27, 2019

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.

 

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