Published: October 2021 by Texas News Today
San Antonio – According to a survey by the Bexar Facts-KSAT-San Antonio Report released this week, medical costs, homelessness and child abuse are the biggest concerns for Bexar County voters.
Voting by phone and email in English and Spanish between September 21st and 27th measured the views of 602 voters in Bexar County.
Participants were asked a variety of questions, including what they considered to be the biggest problem in the San Antonio region. They were asked to rate the problem as very serious, very serious, somewhat serious, not serious, or unaware.
At the top of the list of concerns was 73% of medical expenses, which was considered a very / very serious problem. Homelessness increased by 69%, followed by child abuse by 68%.
As of July 2020, the average annual cost of health insurance in the United States is $ 7,470 for individuals and $ 21,342 for families, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
In September, the City Council of San Antonio approved a budget of $ 3.1 billion for 2022. This includes $ 16.3 million in the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.
Metro Health officials will use these funds to plan for a five-year strategic growth focused on four key initiatives: mental health, health justice, access to care, and technology / infrastructure. He said he plans to invest in the year. The mission of healthy people to thrive in a healthy community.
According to people familiar with the matter, this initiative will make it easier for residents to find health care in the community and improve their quality of life, including the establishment of a community health worker hub that focuses on improving mental health literacy and peer support for minority communities. And it helps to reduce health inequalities.
Metro Health is National Public Health Week (April), Pride Month (June), National Immunity Awareness Month (August), Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), Diabetes Awareness Month (November).
The Strategic Growth Plan also supports other Metrohealth programs that address community health and well-being, including asthma programs, SA KIDS Breathe, testing for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases by STD clinics, and regular immunity to infants and children. I have. Through its immune clinic and others.
As the city of San Antonio continues to grow, the homeless population is becoming more apparent.
As reported in the KSAT Explains episode, this issue is complex, difficult to deal with, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Despite the challenges, San Antonio homeless service providers continue to move forward with the common goal of helping people in need get down the street.
With that in mind, the City Council of San Antonio decided in June to rent a downtown hotel to SAM Ministries and operate it as a low-barrier shelter or a shelter that does not have the same requirements as other facilities. This type of shelter can help people suffering from drug addiction, those with emotional or behavioral health problems, and registered sex offenders. But for people who have lived on the streets for years, it can be difficult to accept help.
And once people accept help and shelter, the next step is to make sure they are at home. In 2019, 773 of the 3,072 people who successfully completed the city’s homeless response system returned to homelessness, according to data from the city’s Human Services Department.
Providers and outreach workers say it’s best to volunteer or donate to an organization that has worked with the community for many years.
Increasing child abuse was cited as the number one concern, according to the Texas Family Protection Services Agency, but in fiscal year 2020 there were 23,379 reports of child abuse compared to 25,608 in 2019. ..
Yolanda Valenzuela worked for San Antonio (CASA), a non-profit child avocate, for 15 years and was a member of the Bexar County Child Welfare Commission. She said the stress of financial hardship can lead to child abuse. Valensela encourages single parents and couples to call 211 to help with food and clothing.
The February winter storm shook tens of thousands of residents of the San Antonio region for days without feeling the heat, but poll participants said that many pointed out climate change in stormy weather. I don’t seem to be too worried about the increase.
According to polls, only 35% of participants considered stormy weather to be a very serious / very serious problem.
Poor public transport options also don’t seem to be a major concern, with only 23% saying they are very serious / very serious problems.