Exploring how life expectancies vary across Houston-area neighborhoods. Houston is home to the world’s biggest medical center, which includes the largest children’s hospital, the nation’s top-ranked cancer hospital, and internationally recognized pioneers in research and medicine. Yet, if you drive less than five miles southeast of the Texas Medical Center, you will find clusters of
At the recent Democratic presidential debate in Houston, we heard more details about health care and the candidates’ ideas to improve our health care system. It’s not surprising considering a plurality of voters see health care as the most important issue facing the nation. But as these issues continue to be discussed, I’m hoping we will also hear
In a Houston Chronicle op-ed, EHF CEO Elena Marks writes that when it comes to the presidential debates on health care, it’s not enough to talk about the health care system without a focus on actually improving HEALTH.
At no cost to taxpayers, EHF is spearheading a research project in Harrison County that will take a closer look at the relationship of how the county spends funds and the health of those who live here. This project is one example of how we all need to change the conversation to improving health, not just healthcare across Texas.
Texas has the highest rate in the nation of uninsured children and is home to one in five of our nation’s uninsured kids. Even more concerning is that this rate has started to rise. We should be doing all we can to sign up the estimated 350,000 uninsured kids who are eligible but not enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). And once we have kids enrolled, isn’t it our obligation to keep them covered?