Runner Spotlight: Genesis

Leading up to the 2019 Austin Marathon, we’ll be featuring some of the dedicated health advocates running on Team People’s in support of affordable, accessible health care.

This week we’re featuring Genesis. Genesis works in People’s Health Promotion department as a Dietitian. Through her work Genesis promotes health education and empowers patients to take charge of their health through diet to support an overall healthy lifestyle. Click here to support Genesis’ fundraiser campaign!

 
Why do you choose to run with team People’s?
I choose to run with team People’s because my coworkers motivate me and I motivate them. I enjoy listening about their improvements and struggles. We also give each other tips on how to train.

How do you make running fun?
I choose what to focus on each day. There are days I focus on my posture, other days, I focus one how I am stepping, and how I am breathing. When I go for longer runs, I put on a good playlist, and if I really don’t want to go for a run, I will put on a podcast. The podcasts I enjoy include “Body Kindness” and “The Limit Does Not Exist”.

What’s your favorite running spot in Austin?
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park on North Lamar before sunset. That is when the deer like to walk along the trail as well. For long runs, I go to lady Bird Lake. I enjoy watching people of all ages, with strollers, and with their pets running at different paces. It motivates me during those longer runs.

How do you stay motivated?
Staying motivated is not easy. Especially when it is raining, cold, or I had a long day at work. However, it has become part of my routine. I share my schedule with friends and ask them to join me. Running or going to the gym with them helps me stay motivated. I know what friends or family members like to work out, so I share my successes, doubts, and struggles. They usually motivate me to keep on doing what I’m doing.

Why is affordable, accessible health care important to you?
I grew up in the American border town, Eagle Pass. I would go to the doctor and buy medicine in the Mexican side of the border. My circumstances were not unique, and many Eagle Pass residents continue to do this because going to the doctor in their home town is too expensive. After I ventured into Austin, I learned how it felt to not go to the doctor because I couldn’t afford it, to pray it goes away on its own, google how to relieve the symptoms and not the root cause. To pay 90-130$ to see a doctor meant I would not have enough money to buy groceries the next month. This was my struggle as healthy young adult, I cannot imagine the difficult situations many of our families and elderly patients have to face because they can’t afford care. No one should have to choose between paying for a doctor’s visit or buying food.

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Want to get involved and support People’s through the 2019 Austin Marathon? Click here to see how you can run, volunteer, or donate to support affordable, accessible health care for uninsured and medically underserved Central Texans.

Runner Spotlight: Andres

Leading up to the 2019 Austin Marathon, we’ll be featuring some of the dedicated health advocates running on Team People’s in support of affordable, accessible health care.

Andres supports access to affordable health care year round as a volunteer at People’s Community Clinic.Click here to support Andres’ fundraiser campaign!

 
Why do you choose to run with team People’s?
Volunteering at People’s is something that I enjoy greatly so I was happy to see that the clinic had formed a team and jumped at the opportunity to join.

How do you make running fun?
Music and Imagination. To the beat of my favorite songs I love being on the trail imagining myself running across the finish line or playing soccer for the U.S national team at the World Cup.

What’s your favorite running spot in Austin?
I like running at the Shoal Creek greenbelt. The tree covered trails and flowing water at my sides makes for a pleasant run.

How do you stay motivated?
Sometimes it’s not easy, but I like to think about the satisfaction that comes with accomplishing a goal. Being able to look back and have pride in something we’ve achieved motivates me to keep going.

Why is affordable, accessible health care important to you?
I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with care and compassion regardless of their circumstances. I believe in what clinics like People’s do because they are working to create a healthier community through affordable health care.

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Want to get involved and support People’s through the 2019 Austin Marathon? Click here to see how you can run, volunteer, or donate to support affordable, accessible health care for uninsured and medically underserved Central Texans.

Runner Spotlight: Ann Marie

Leading up to the 2019 Austin Marathon, we’ll be featuring some of the dedicated health advocates running on Team People’s in support of affordable, accessible health care.

This week we interview Ann Marie, who works to educate and empower teens through People’s Center for Adolescent Health. As People’s Youth Health Innovation Coordinator, Ann Marie is a key member of our adolescent health department. Click here to support Ann Marie’s fundraiser campaign!
 
Why do you choose to run with team People’s?

This is the perfect opportunity to connect two things that I love – running and People’s – and to use something I enjoy to support the clinic. Also, it has been fun to be part of a team and go for training runs with co-workers after work.

How do you make running fun?

I always listen to music when I run. Sometimes, if a run feels particularly hard, my playlist helps me get through it. I also mainly run outdoors. I enjoy being outside so look forward to that.

What’s your favorite running spot in Austin?

I enjoy running in my neighborhood because I can just put on my shoes and go. When I have more time, I also like to run around Town Lake.

How do you stay motivated?

Although I enjoy running, I sometimes lose my motivation. In those instances, I have a few tricks. One is to take advantage of fleeting motivation. For example, if I catch myself thinking, “I should go for a run…” I go right then if possible instead of waiting. Otherwise, by the time the next opportunity comes around, I might not be motivated anymore. It also helps to set goals (e.g. I’m going to run 3 times a week) and then just do it no matter what. On weekdays, I often set my workout clothes and shoes out so that as soon as I get home, I will see them and put them on right away. Usually, once I have my running shoes on, I start feeling more motivated to actually run.

Why is affordable, accessible health care important to you?

I believe that health care is a basic human need like clean water or shelter and should be available, and accessible, to everyone no matter what.
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Want to get involved and support People’s through the 2019 Austin Marathon? Click here to see how you can run, volunteer, or donate to support affordable, accessible health care for uninsured and medically underserved Central Texans.

Putting Mission into Motion

Community is at the core of everything we do here at the clinic. After all, it’s in our name: People’s Community Clinic. We’re always going the extra mile to connect with our community and foster life-long health.

Recently we’ve adopted a Community-Centered Health Home model of care. This approach to health promotion is founded with an understanding that there are a multitude of factors outside the doctor’s office which contribute to an individual’s health outcomes. Many health conditions are linked to the social, economic and environmental conditions in which patients live.

These factors are referred to as social determinants of health. Social determinants of health include everything from the safety of the home you live in to the air quality in your city to how safe you feel walking alone in your neighborhood.

It is easy to recommend a patient eat better and get more exercise, but the reality may be much harder if the nearest grocery store is miles away and the neighborhood has no safe place to exercise.

The American Journal of Preventative Medicine estimates that social determinants of health account for about 80% of the factors that impact health outcomes. So the question is: What can we do as a clinic to impact what patients encounter outside the clinic?

AWARENESS

As part of the Community-Centered Health Home initiative, People’s Community Clinic is looking beyond the clinic walls to address the root causes of poor health. As a first step, a team of People’s staff members have developed a unique screening tool to assess the social determinants that impact each patient.

People’s believes that to provide the best quality care we need to understand all of the factors that contribute to a patient’s health. They may have a cold today, but what if the cold is actually a symptom of a much larger problem, like poor diet or inadequate housing?

We are very excited that this screening tool has just finished its final pilot and will be launching at People’s Community Clinic soon.

ACTION

Nearly fifty years of serving the Austin community has taught us that in order to deliver fully on our mission we must work to improve the upstream conditions that negatively affect patients’ well-being.

This year People’s joined Austin Interfaith, a diverse non-partisan coalition of community groups working together to address public issues that affect the well-being of families and neighborhoods in our community. We are proud to be the first clinic to join this coalition.

Together, we’re taking action on issues that matter to our patients and the surrounding community. Issues like affordable housing, community safety, immigrant rights, access to Medicaid, and more.

Through this work our goal is to build stronger communities that support healthy lifestyles for all Central Texans.

Community Partnerships

Walk into to People’s Community Clinic at 6pm on a Tuesday and you may be surprised by what you find. Medical appointments are over for the day, but the building is still buzzing with activity.

In the Community Room patients, neighbors, and clinic staff dance to upbeat Latin hits—it’s the weekly free Zumba class. The bass is pumping as students groove from side to side. They are laughing and moving to the beat. Zumba class is so much fun you may forget that you’re getting in a serious work out!

People’s is so much more than a clinic. We are a holistic health home for our patients

Down the hall in the Teaching Kitchen home chefs gather for La Cocina Alegre/The Happy Kitchen, a program offering free healthy cooking classes for People’s patients. Taught by People’s trained Health Educators, classes are available in English or Spanish (tonight’s class is in Spanish), with sessions for adults and teens.

Students receive a healthy cookbook and groceries to practice preparing the new recipes at home. The clinic even offers complimentary child care so busy parents can enjoy the class.

Zumba and La Cocina Alegre are just a few of the health and wellness programs that the clinic offers in partnership with other community groups. These partnerships bring enriching programs that empower patients to take charge of their health.

We offer a full calendar of classes, resources, and specialty services, everything from free summer meals for kids to breastfeeding support groups and healthy parenting classes.

Programs like ours make People’s so much more than a clinic. We are a holistic medical home for our patients and a health and wellness hub for our community. Stop by some time and see for yourself—even better, join us for a class!

 

Current Offerings

Classes, workshops, and resources empower patients to get and stay healthy.

DIAPER BANK

Free diapers for patients, provided by Austin Diaper Bank.

SNAP (FOOD STAMPS)

Patients can apply for and renew SNAP, or check the status of their application on-site at the clinic.

SUMMER MEALS

Many kids who qualify for free or reduced lunches during the school year struggle to access meals during summer. Thanks to a partnership with Central Texas Food Bank, we offer free lunch all summer long, four days a week.

MEDICAL-LEGAL PARTNERSHIP

Our staff attorneys provide free legal counsel for patients facing health-harming legal needs. In Partnership with Texas Legal Services Center.

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT

New and expecting mothers learn about the benefits of nursing. Students work with People’s Lactation Consultant to develop a breastfeeding plan, setting themselves (and baby!) up for success.

REAL TALK

Learn how to help your teen make healthy decisions through better communication. Connect with other parents, gain skills to talk to your teen about sex. In partnership with St. David’s Foundation and Lifeworks.

NURTURING PARENTING

A family-centered, trauma-informed class designed to build nurturing parenting skills and empower families against cycles of abuse and neglect. In partnership with Any Baby Can.

THE HAPPY KITCHEN/La Cocina Alegre

Learn how to cook healthy meals for you and your family with this 6-week cooking and nutrition program. In partnership with Sustainable Food Center.

SMALL BITES

Teaching students ages 6-10 about nutrition and healthy cooking. Healthy snacks every class! In partnership with Common Threads.

MOM’S CLUB

A supportive group for moms with children ages 0-5 to connect, learn new skills for child development, find resources, and make new friends.

ZUMBA
Fun, energetic, group exercise class. Meets every week – all fitness levels welcome! In partnership with It’s Time Texas.

Stephanie’s Story

Stephanie* has been a patient at People’s Community Clinic for four years now. She first came to the clinic for prenatal care, but gradually she’s made People’s her medical home for regular check-ups, pediatric visits for her son, and even healthy cooking classes.

“When I was pregnant, this was the place [my friend] told me to try,” she said while perched on the exam table. “Once I found People’s I stayed. I am the type of person that when I find a place I feel comfortable with, I stay. Anytime I know someone who needs help I tell them to come here.”

The Financial Counselors on site at People’s assisted her with the paperwork she needed to pay for services and helped find ways to cover the costs she couldn’t.

She likes seeing the familiar faces of her Care Team, the team of professionals—doctors, advanced practice nurses, and medical staff—who work with Stephanie and her family.

“Once I found People’s I stayed…Anytime I know someone needs help I tell them to come here.”

The clinic tries to assure that each time Stephanie comes for a visit she sees the same team members, building a relationship founded on trust. Her provider not only asks her questions, but also makes sure she understands everything and encourages her to ask questions too.

Prior to having her first child, Stephanie worked hard to keep her weight under control. She successfully lost 40 pounds and talked to her doctor about how to keep the weight off in the long term. Stephanie’s doctor invited her to attend The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre, a series of healthy cooking classes held in People’s teaching kitchen. The classes are offered in both English and Spanish and teach nutritious, simple meals to make at home.

She even brought her son since the clinic offers free child care while parents are in class. It turned out they didn’t need it. Her son was so interested in the class she let him stay. He loved it!

“He ate there, and then again when we made the meal at home,” she said.

Everyone who attends the class is sent home with groceries to practice making the healthy recipes they learn.

Stephanie comes to People’s for the trusted care she’s come to expect, and now for classes too—one of the many great perks to being a People’s patient.

After her son was born she wanted time with him before having another child. So her physician helped her get on birth control until she and her husband were ready to have another baby.

Now, she’s expecting her second child in May 2019. And she feels prepared—boy or a girl.

* Name changed to protect patient privacy.

Fall Activity Calendar

Our GOALS team has put together a full calendar of free and low-cost activities for kids and families. Download your guide to free family fun in Austin!

Regular visits with your doctor are an important part of staying healthy. But keeping active, engaged, and inspired helps contribute to a well-rounded healthy lifestyle as well. Luckily for Austinites, there are plenty of fun, free activities for kids and families to stay active year round.

See our comprehensive guide to family fun in Austin for tons of events, camps, classes, and more!

Download the printable packet below:

English Activity Packet
Folleto de Actividades En Español

Some of our healthy favorites include:

The Thinkery’s Community Nights
Mexic-Arte Museum’s Viva La Vida Fest
Austin Parks Foundation’s Movies in the Park

Download your activity packet for details on these fun free activities and so many more!