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Cherelle VanBrakle

FII-Austin Liaison

An Austin native, I graduated from LBJ High School (Go Jags!) in 2006. I then graduated from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and Biology. I went on to earn my Master of Education in Exercise Science at Texas State University, San Marcos. While there, I completed a study titled ‘The Effect of Environmental Factors and Socioeconomic Status on Body Mass Index, and Physical Activity in a Sample of Adolescents from Austin, Texas’.

Currently, I am the Community-Centered Health Home Manager at People’s Community Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Austin. In this position, I work on upstream issues that affect people’s health and work to create an agenda for the clinic to push forth policy change. I have experience in research and education from serving as an Adjunct Professor of Health and Kinesiology at Austin Community College. I assisted in the creation of Kinesiology curriculum geared towards high school students at the Early College High Schools in Austin. Prior to People’s Community Clinic, I was the coordinator of the Pediatric Obesity Center at Dell Children’s Medical Center, where I oversaw the community partnerships. I am also active in the community, partnering with local organizations to provide opportunities for individuals to gain health education.

Outside of work, I love running!! Half marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks are my thing! Obviously, I wouldn’t be a true Austinite if I didn’t LOVE live music. I go to as many concerts as possible. Since becoming a mother, I have found many places and concerts that are kid friendly. Speaking of kid… my favorite pastime is hanging with the coolest 5 year old and 1 year old I know… my daughters Ryleigh & Marley. If you ever want a funny story, I am THAT mom who is always sharing, so come see me!

I am very passionate about this work and am so ready to come up with an impactful way to engage in a community that I am a product of. At times, it is very hard for me to trust the process and be patient because I am naturally a quick worker. When this happens, I remind myself that in order to make a change that will be sustainable and have long term effects, I MUST be patient!  

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