COVID-19 Update

On March 19, 2020 The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) declared a public health disaster in Texas because of the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Members of the Austin Black Physicians Association (ABPA) are on the front lines caring for patients, and we are grateful for their commitment and service during this historical crisis.

The Texas DSHS is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in responding to COVID-19. ABPA supports the guidelines outlined by recent Texas Executive Orders to protect our communities. For more information, please click the links below:

Texas Department of State Health Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 Community Resources

This is a rapidly evolving situation and updated information can be found through those links as it becomes available. Check back often for the latest details and what Texans need to know about COVID‑19.

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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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What We Do

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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Our Board of Directors

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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