Texas’ Black Physicians Lead Through Vaccine Education, Mentorship in Their Communities

For M. Yvette Williams-Brown, MD, that became apparent when she volunteered at a COVID-19 vaccine site in spring 2021 as part of a combined effort between the Austin Black Physicians Association, Austin Public Health, and East Austin churches, just after vaccines for the disease became widely available. 

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Our mission is to improve health disparities within our community and to inspire and nurture the next generation of Black doctors. The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent instances of racial injustice have called special attention to a problem we have always known: the lives of African-Americans are being cut short both by health disparities rooted in systemic racism and police brutality. While there are multifaceted factors contributing to the health disparities, there is evidence to suggest that high levels of stress, poor access to health care (especially primary care), low-income status and chronic illness play vital roles in the increased risks associated with COVID-19 among this population. The limited demographic data available reveals that the coronavirus is infecting and killing Black Americans at a disproportionately high rate and much more information needs to be collected to inform public health efforts.  

There are ABPA members on the front lines caring for patients, and we are grateful for their commitment and service during this historical crisis. At ABPA, we see ourselves as healers and advocates for our patients and our community. We envision a more just and equitable healthcare system where there are no barriers to access, all patients are treated fairly, and can expect equitable health outcomes. We invite you to join us in our mission.

In light of recent events, we want to do more and are developing a series of informational videos by Black doctors for Black patients. Please view the full library of videos here and check back again – videos are being added to the library regularly.

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Our Mission

The overall mission of the Austin Black Physician Association is to improve the health and wellness of the underserved communities and decrease the health disparities by inspiring the next generation of Black physicians.

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ABPA provides multiple opportunities for our network of Black Physicians to get involved within the local community including physician membership engagement, fundraising campaign for student scholarships, student mentoring, and community health promotion activities.

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The Board of Directors is dedicated to the mission of ABPA. The Board is comprised of board-certified physicians from diverse backgrounds as well as an executive with extensive healthcare administration experience.

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