"Moving Toward a Healthy Community: Health Disparities and Mending the Gaps in Bexar County,” our Panel Discussion and Community-Wide Conversation on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the UT Health Science Center Holly Auditorium.
Serious disparities in health status and healthcare outcomes exist in San Antonio, clearly evident when measured by racial and ethnic groups. They also clearly correlate with other key factors – income, residential area and educational level. There are similar disparities and correlations in children’s school performance and grade attainment.
Widening disparity remains the situation in our city despite major strides in community health status by local stakeholders -- the Bexar County University Hospital System, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, Methodist Ministries, numerous volunteer and non-profit organizations, and, of course, for-profit hospital systems.
This year’s Conversations About Ethics focuses on this disparity. We hope that open discussion among community leaders and health professionals will help bring greater clarity to the issues and help effect positive changes to health care policy, environment, lifestyle and the community. The consequences of inaction in a city described recently in the New York Times as “a progressive, economically vibrant city of 1.3 million” compel this discussion.
Our goal for this October workshop and panel presentation is to catalyze constructive public conversation about health care access, outcomes and disparities in San Antonio. The discussion will explore unfilled health care needs, as well as root causes that contribute to inequalities and lead to poor health -- poverty, underinsurance, health illiteracy, language, cultural factors and transportation.
Dr. Anil Mangla, PhD, will introduce the topic, documenting San Antonio Metropolitan Health District data on the top five disparities in health outcomes among groups in San Antonio. Responding to these data, a panel of local community leaders from academia, government, for-profit and not-for-profit health care organizations, as well as grass-roots community health workers, will describe how their sectors work to mend gaps in health outcomes.
Participants will address social determinants of health, including cultural and situational factors impeding full utilization of existing facilities and programs. The question-and-answer session with the panelists that follows will include members of the Mayor’s Fitness Council, SA2020, promotora networks and health professionals, as well as schools, faith organizations, local businesses and health advocacy groups.
The 5 to 7 p.m. Panel Discussion will be followed by a 7 p.m. reception at UT Health Science Center Holly Auditorium, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio.
For more information, call (210) 567-0795. RSVP and Join the Conversation at www.ConversationsAboutEthics.org. #MendingGaps
Live Telecast to Harlingen RAHC, Laredo Extension Campus. Webcast by NOWCastSA underwritten by Methodist Healthcare Ministries. Watch it live or replay the video later on your computer or mobile device at www.NOWCastSA.com.
Conversations About Ethics is a series of lectures and discussions about ethical issues presented by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health through the generous support of Methodist Healthcare Ministries. Please join the conversation and contribute to the diverse perspectives shared during this panel discussion.