City and County Leaders Prompted for the Town Hall Meeting

City and County Leaders Prompted for the Town Hall Meeting

By Sharon Owens

 

 

 

An impressive slate of Abilene city and county leaders turned out to meet with Department of Family & Protective Services staff prior to the July 12th Town Hall Meeting. The Department hosted a Stakeholder Luncheon with space and facility provided by Abilene Christian University. Attendees included city and county leaders, elected officials, judiciary , university heads, school leadership, law enforcement, foundations, clergy and business leaders. The purpose of the Luncheon was to introduce the stakeholders to Joyce James, HHSC’s Associate Deputy Executive Commissioner for “The Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality & Disparities.” Ms. James briefed and introduced the assembly to the work of the Center, its impact on the Abilene/Taylor County area, and its relevance to the Town Hall Meeting scheduled for later that evening. {{more}}Ms. James outlined her history with the Department and how she came to identify the disproportionalities and disparities within the Department and to the families it served in the southeast Texas region. She provided the group with information on Legislative mandates to the Department, the history of the disproportionality efforts in Texas and the local area, and the documented unequal service provision and negative outcomes for families in Abilene and Taylor County. Stakeholders were able to ask questions and were offered opportunity to attend specialized trainings and meetings for further clarification. Photographs taken by community advisory council historian, Alan J. Copeland, may be found on the CUAD’s FaceBook Page at FaceBook, CUAD, Page. The page may also be accessed at www.tinyurl.com/abilenecuad.