The Health Impacts of Gentrification & Displacement

Dell Medical School’s Department of Population Health in collaboration with the Community Strategy Team invite you to participate in the fourth event in the Social Identity Series, titled “The Health Impacts of Gentrification and Displacement.”

Join us for a panel of experts on the changing dynamics of East Austin and the lived experience of gentrification and its impacts on the social determinants of health.

Dell Medical School’s mission of making Austin a model healthy city must address topics such as gentrification. Having tools and skills to work with those experiencing displacement is crucial to address the health of the community. The goal of this series is to engage physicians and other health providers in ongoing discussions from community members with lived-in experience.


Learning Objectives

  • An understanding of the history of Austin from the perspective of people from gentrifying communities and those experiencing displacement
  • An understanding of how the experiences of displacement and gentrification impact social determinants of health for families in Austin
  • Experience participating in a process that prioritizes and centers the directly impacted people in order to understand the problem
  • Critical insight into how community members support each other’s health within neighborhoods


    About the Speakers


    Carmen Llanes Pulido

    Carmen Llanes Pulido serves as executive director for Go Austin! ¡Vamos Austin! (GAVA), an initiative powered by the people of South and Southeast Austin, that builds community power to increase access to healthy food and physical activity and address root causes of high obesity rates and chronic disease. Llanes Pulido is an inaugural member of Community Strategy Team.

    Born and raised in Austin on “both sides of the highway,” Llanes Pulido is a second-generation community organizer with over a decade of experience working on public health, racial and economic justice and leadership development. Prior to GAVA, she co-created and managed an evidence-based program at Marathon Kids in collaboration with Sustainable Food Center that engaged parents, teachers and local churches at 18 public elementary schools in Austin’s “Eastern Crescent” to improve nutrition and fitness options. Prior to this, Llanes Pulido worked as a research analyst and organizer with the environmental justice organization PODER in East Austin. She serves on Austin’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, the first of its kind, which drew maps for Austin’s first geographically representative city council under 10-1. She is also serving as vice chair of the city’s Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Commission. Llanes Pulido holds an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from the University of Chicago, where she concentrated on NAFTA’s impact on corn, food systems and local economies in the U.S. and Mexico.

    Kellee Coleman

    Kellee Coleman has more than 18 years of experience in equity and social justice community organizing. She is a lifelong Austin resident; mother of three school-aged children; a member of Mamas of Color Rising; a member of Incite! Women and Trans People of Color against Violence; and is a coordinator of Vibrant Woman/Mama Sana prenatal clinic. She works to bring culturally specific prenatal care, birth companions, midwifery services and nutrition services to low-income black and Latina women in the Austin area. Coleman is an inaugural member of Community Strategy Team.

    Cindy Elizabeth

    Cindy Elizabeth was born and raised in Austin, where she currently resides and makes art. After graduating from Baylor University in 2010, Elizabeth began exploring her desire to create change by documenting the world around her with the camera as her tool. Working in photography, film and mixed media, she explores the beauty in the stories of all African-Americans. Elizabeth has exhibited her work at Women and Their Work Gallery and the George Washington Carver Museum, and currently has work on permanent display at Russell Lee Elementary in Austin.

    Cynthia Vasquez

    Cynthia Vasquez was born and raised in East Austin and recently left her position in Austin ISD after 16 years to join forces with GAVA. As a parent support specialist in Austin ISD, she garnered a passion for organizing parents to impact positive changes at their campus. She is inspired to make community members part of the decision-making processes by listening to their stories. Vasquez currently works as the school sector organizer for GAVA to support coordinated school health at nine Austin ISD schools in 78744 and 78745.

    Reedy Spigner III

    Reedy Spigner III is a third-generation Austinite whose roots run deep throughout this community. His grandfather was one of Austin’s first African-American physicians. He practiced at Holy Cross Hospital, the only integrated hospital in Austin during that time. His first office was on East 6th Street before moving to Waller Street and finally to New York Avenue. His grandmother, Mrs. Mildred Coleman Holloway, became a prominent figure in Texas Democratic politics. She began her career when blacks were still required to pay a poll tax to vote and later helped launch the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, the Black Austin Democrats and the United Political Organization, and she served as an election judge for many years at her polling place at David Chapel Church at Martin Luther King and Chestnut in East Austin.

    Spigner has worked for the State of Texas, Senate Committee on Jurisprudence, the Office of the Attorney General and the Texas Department of State Health Services. He has a Bachelor of Arts in marketing from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta; a master’s in public health from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and is currently completing a doctorate in educational leadership at Prairie View University in Prairie View, Texas.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Health Learning Building (HLB), Auditorium
1501 Red River St, Austin TX, 78701

Event Type

Campus & Community, Health & Wellness, Diversity


Dell Medical School

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, General Public




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