As a funder, we don’t often get to see the faces impacted by our grants, or hear their stories straight from them. They are our neighbors, and it’s important we stay connected to the community we serve. We are committed to making this the healthiest community in the world, and that’s why we created our three strategic priorities:
- Providing Central Texans with the healthiest care in the world
- Creating the healthiest places for Central Texans to live
- Helping Central Texans be the healthiest people they can be
Last year was a year of transformation for us, as we launched our new strategic plan. Now in the second year, a year of implementation, we are putting down the roots to make impactful change. We awarded our first grants in women’s health to assist mothers in their first year postpartum, we explored what health means in a rural community, and we awarded grants to create healthier and happier city parks.
On these pages, you’ll see faces of those we’ve helped serve: a young girl frightened of the dentist, a recently unemployed woman trying to navigate the health insurance world, two scholarship recipients who took different paths to furthering their education, and others. We hope you’ll enjoy meeting and hearing from a few of your neighbors as much as we did.
Austin is known as a “family-friendly” city--a place where pregnant women enjoy prenatal yoga classes, new moms share nannies, and nursing mothers are supported by employers. But many Black and Latina women have a different experience of pregnancy, birth and postpartum recovery.
Some people have an unstoppable drive to help others. By investing in such people through scholarships, St. David’s Foundation is changing who provides healthcare and how they do it. Nineteen-year old Arhian grew up in rural Cuba. Instead of video games, he played outdoors with friends and spent time with his grandparents.
Eight-year old Valerie loves multiplication and books about dolphins or dogs. An Honor Roll student at Padrón Elementary in northeast Austin, she hopes to be a veterinarian. Her mother, Ibeth, works as a bookkeeper for a small company, and does not receive health or dental benefits. She purchased insurance for herself and her daughter through the Affordable Care Act, but last year their dental insurer unexpectedly dropped them.
On Friday, August 25, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast. It brought not only devastation to the coastal communities, but also inland, with flooding and rain that seemed to never stop. Neighborhoods and entire towns were destroyed, and thousands were left without power.