Metro Health

The Source - April 8, 2014
11:02 am
Tue April 8, 2014

The Source: Syphilis Spike Has Public Health Officials Worried

Syphilis rates in Bexar County jumped 15 percent, crossing the thousand person mark in 2013, according to the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. District officials are calling it an "epidemic" and have been edging up continuously for nine years. San Antonio has the highest rate in Texas and exceeds the national average.

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Community Health
12:01 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

City Opens Baby Cafe, Encourages New Mothers To Breastfeed

Blanca Trevino and her son, Jay Anthony Mata, join Annette and Mareya Rangel at the opening day of the Baby Café.
Joey Palacios TPR News

San Antonio Metropolitan Health is opening Baby Café to help new and expectant mothers with breastfeeding.

The goal of the new center is to increase breastfeeding rates in San Antonio. It looks more like a massage parlor than a doctor’s office and that’s the point.

“It’s a drop-in center that’s got couches and places for women to sit back and enjoy themselves and feel at ease," said Jennifer Herriot, the assistant director of community health at MetroHealth.

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Community Health
4:29 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Metro Health & YMCA Offering Free Diabetes Workshops During November

Metropolitan Health District

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is partnering with the YMCA to bring diabetes education to the community, including a free diabetes management program developed by Stanford University.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 26 million people in the U.S. suffered from diabetes in 2010  and 79 million more had been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Thirteen percent of Bexar County residents are diabetic.

During the Month of November, Metro Health and the YMCA of Greater San Antonio will offer free classes to help patients prevent and self-manage diabetes.

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Community Health
1:51 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Metro Health Making Health Care Push By Bringing ACA Navigators To West Side

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will bring several Affordable Care Act navigators together Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for a mass effort to help residents apply for health care coverage.

"Enroll Fest" is designed to bring resources to San Antonio and Bexar County residents who need to get signed up for health care plans.

Metro Health is partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield and several community organizations at The Neighborhood Place on the city’s West Side -- The Neighborhood Place is located at 3014 Rivas.

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Affordable Care Act
2:31 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Cut Through The Affordable Care Act Clutter By Answering Six Questions

Enrollment is now live at healthcare.gov.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

There are new websites going live every day to help people understand how the Affordable Care Act, which is over 2,000 pages long, actually applies to their individual situation.

Healthcare.gov, which is the official website for all things ACA and the website where you can go to sign up, has only been up since the end of June. It is, for all intents and purposes, as comprehensive as you can get with the new health care law.

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Community Health
9:29 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Risk Of Death From Overheated Cars Will Continue

The West Texas sun in June.
Flickr user jetsandzeppelins cc

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health Department and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are teaming up in an effort to reduce the number of child deaths in hot cars.

Even with slightly lower temperatures as fall approaches, the dangers remain high for children being seriously injured or dying from being left alone inside a hot car.

The two agencies are starting a campaign to remind parents and caregivers that kids can easily suffer heatstroke if left in a vehicle.

Metro Health is urging parents to:

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Community Health
2:15 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Metro Health Looking At Breastfeeding Center To Help Give Babies A Healthy Start

City of San Antonio

The San Antonio Baby Café, a new drop-in breastfeeding center for moms, is set to open in the Fall pending approval of the center’s lease that could happen next week. It is all part of the Metropolitan Health District's goal to make San Antonio a healthier city.

"We're real excited about it and there's a huge demand," said Metro Health Director Dr. Thomas Schlenker about the new center. "There's so many women who care about this but can't find the resources they need."

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Community Health
10:55 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Congenital Syphilis Cases On The Rise In San Antonio

City of San Antonio

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has initiated a campaign to re-educate the population about syphilis as the city has seen an increase in the number of congenital syphilis cases over the past couple of years.

Metro Health said San Antonio is number two in the state in the number of syphilis cases per capita. Last year in Bexar County 18 babies were born with syphilis and the department said that number should be zero.

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Community Health
10:10 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Downtown Immunization Clinic Moving To West Side On Aug. 5

The downtown clinic is moving from point A at 345 W. Commerce to point B at 1226 NW 18th St.
Metropolitan Health District

Just a few weeks before school begins, when many parents bring in their kids in for back-to-school shots, the City of San Antonio's Metropolitan Health District downtown immunization clinic will close and move to the West Side.

While the  majority of immunizations in the city are given by primary care physicians and other clinics, Metro Health’s new hub is expected to give up to 15,000 vaccinations per year.

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The Source - May 20, 2013
12:09 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

The Source: Teen Pregnancy, Joske's & Genetic Counseling

City of San Antonio

In the first segment:

Texas ranks third in teen pregnancy nationwide and first in teen moms with multiple children. Even with the drop in teen pregnancy that the city has seen, what else can be done to empower teenage girls and address this life-changing issue?

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