The Texas Lyceum’s Code Blue: The State of Texas Healthcare
A brief from Dangerous Deliveries Panelist and Healthy Futures of Texas President: Evelyn Delgado
The health of Texans is a critical and ongoing concern for business and civic leaders across our state and, at the same time, an intimate concern for our own families. The community’s health is strongly tied to Texas’ economic development. On August 17th, The Texas Lyceum brought together Texas business, political, and healthcare leaders for solution-oriented discussions on topics such as access to healthcare, the uninsured, Medicaid,https://www.texaslyceum.org/maternal health, and health equity.
Healthy Futures had a presence in topics that focused on maternal health. Many Texans – even those with access to health care and education – are not getting the proper prenatal and maternal care. Too many Texas moms are dying because of it.
What should Texas do to address disparities in care, including soaring death rates amongst women of color?
The “Dangerous Deliveries” session, facilitated by The Texas Tribune’s Marissa Evans, provided insight into what Texas is doing. Panelists included Healthy Future’s of Texas’ Evelyn Delgado, Mother and Advocate Syreeta Lazarus, UT Health SA’s Patrick Ramsey, and The Honorable Donna Howard of the Texas House of Representatives.
Panelists identified that access to preventive and preconception healthcare for women – including contraceptives – leads to better birth spacing, greater access to prenatal care, and healthier moms and babies. The perspectives of all women, in particular women of color, must be considered as healthcare and support systems are designed and delivered to communities. Texas hospital systems are saving lives by aligning national, state, and hospital level quality improvement efforts to improve overall maternal health outcomes. The Texas Legislature is having discussions about programs that serve all women of childbearing age to ensure women have access to continuous coverage.