Poverty On the Rise
San Antonio’s poverty rate has increased to 18.5%– higher than the statewide rate of 15.6% and the nationwide rate of 12.7%. Recognized for having the most uninsured people in the US, Texas recorded a nation-high in 2016 with 16.6% uninsured. Although the child poverty rate has improved, it is still more than 4% higher than the national rate and children included within this group often don’t have access to health insurance/healthcare.
Considered the most economically-segregated city in the nation– with an increasing poverty rate– means the neighborhood or district that a person resides in can be connected to their economic development, educational opportunity, and health outcomes. These areas may lack access to healthcare which could lead to higher rates of teen pregnancy, premature births, low-birth weight, and infant mortality.
The city is doing its best to address the ongoing issue of poverty and inequality. Mayor Ron Nirenberg is working diligently to highlight the issue throughout communities of San Antonio. This week, Healthy Futures of Texas was honored to have Mayor Nirenberg as the keynote speaker for the 10th annual Luncheon With The Stars. In his speech, Mayor Nirenberg expressed his gratitude for the work of Healthy Futures and reinforced that although the teen pregnancy rate has declined, San Antonio’s current rate still exceeds the national level. He went on to state among the many tools needed to solve the issue of inequality in San Antonio (access to education and healthcare), equity is key.
Healthy Futures of Texas provides evidence-based sexual health education for communities, encourage families to have healthy conversations about sex, equip youth with the skills and tools to avoid unplanned pregnancies, and empower them to pursue their goals and dreams. This aligns with the City’s mission to reduce inequality by supporting educational success and leading to better health outcomes for children and families.