Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CD 2 Keith Toney

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. 
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Keith Toney
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?

My council district (2) is plagued with high rates of diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity fatty liver disease and cancers.  This is due in part to a sedentary lifestyle but another factor is that, like many inner-city areas we are a food "island" causing many residents to depend on high salt and high sugar diets for sustenance.  We absolutely need more ready access to fresh fruits and vegetables and a reasonable cost.  I would elevate this discussion with all the principle parties.

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?

As a public servant whether as a school board member or when I was a city councilman, my focus was and shall continue to be caring for the least, the last and the lost among us.

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?

I we would proactively approach this by focusing on preventative measures first.

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?

Reducing the availability of sugary drinks is a reactive intervention that must be paired with a program of education for youth and parents alike.  The key is moderation of consumption and ensuring that citizens know the health risks associated with the foods and drinks they consume.

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?

Continue to educate young people and their parents about the warning signs of abuse and modify our current "stranger danger" curriculum to let the children know that not all dangerous strangers appear monstrous or dirty and that some may present as well dressed and well spoken.