Go Austin/Vamos Austin (GAVA) organizes and mobilizes community power to reduce barriers to health while increasing institutional capacity to respond to the people most impacted by historic inequities.
What We Do
GAVA's uses community organizing to improve equitable access to healthy lifestyles by engaging and developing community leaders who identify, initiate, and lead efforts to reduce barriers to healthy living and increase stability in their neighborhoods and schools. We recognize that it is necessary, but not sufficient, to educate individuals on healthy nutrition and physical activity to achieve behavioral change. Rather than simply delivering programs, GAVA provides opportunities for residents to engage and take ownership of efforts for their built environment, health promotion, economic development and anti-displacement. The collective efficacy of this network encourages peers, friends, and neighbors to champion a culture of health in their daily lives, and to civically and socially engage to support positive changes in their community environment.