Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CD 2 Dori L. Brown

Candidates for elected city offices were all asked the same questions by the Bexar County Medical Society and have submitted answers to those questions as shown below. 
This information is provided as a service from the Bexar County Medical Society, but is not an endorsement.
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Dori L. Brown
City Council District 2
2017 Mayoral/City Council Candidates
Health Care Questions

1.   Despite affecting everyone in this community, "community health and wellness" has not been a big priority at City Hall. "Community health and wellness" had one third of the ranking that "streets" received in community input via SpeakUPSanAntonio. Yet it impacts our well being, workforce, economic development and the prosperity of San Antonio.
What health-related areas do you think deserve increased attention, priority, and local resources, and, if elected, how would you elevate the discussion of these health issues at City Hall and lead effective action to improve health and healthcare in our community?

One of the biggest areas that need to be address is Mental Health. As there are many things that can affects one’s mental health, they are not limited to an age or economic group. As homeless increase due to mental health issues, so does teen and preteen suicide due to mental distress brought on by cyber bullying, personal bullying, mental or physical abuse.

2.  Bexar County is the primary source of funding for indigent health care in our area through the Bexar County Hospital District and University Health System. How would you, if elected, promote cooperative efforts to increase services and access to care for the citizens of San Antonio?

We can work with public transportation to help citizens get to these facilities for care is possible and return home.

3.  The disparity of health care between our poorest and wealthiest zip codes/districts is quite striking (Bexar County Health Collaborative 2016 report). How would you, if elected, reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes for our lower income communities/citizens?

Further research is needed to know exactly what is available throughout the zip codes then strategize on ensuring comparable services throughout the city.

4.  San Antonio has a high incidence of obesity and diabetes mellitus and has been ranked as high as second in the nation for obesity in recent years. Past city efforts attempting to improve these rates, such as trying to reduce the prevalence of sugary drinks in our community, have been met with controversy. What ideas do you have to reduce the incidence of these chronic health issues?

Working within the community through summer programs to teach young people about health care and exercise (to include Zumba). They can take back to their community as leaders or young entrepreneur, setting up workshops and programs to teach all age groups.

5.  According to the CDC, child abuse and neglect are serious problems that can have lasting harmful effects on its victims. The goal in preventing child abuse and neglect is clear — to stop this violence from happening in the first place. What local policies, resources and efforts will you support to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children and families?

All and any. I would also put a call to local churches to support organization such as CASA. We have approximately 2000 churches in San Antonio, if just one person from each church would volunteer what a difference we could make.