University Health System

How a Cardboard Box Could Help Reduce Infant Mortality Rates

Feb 1, 2016

From Texas Standard:

Every two weeks in Bexar County, a baby dies.

That number is the highest in the state. The majority of deaths are attributed to unsafe sleep patterns or "co-sleeping," when the baby sleeps with parents or a sibling. Babies can suffocate or be smothered while sleeping with bigger people.

A San Antonio hospital is taking a cue from Finland and offering "baby boxes" to new mothers. But what are they and how do they help keep babies safe?



**Update: This afternoon the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, part of this package was stop-gap, two-year funding of the Health Care Trust Fund which funds Federally Qualified Health Centers.

The federal government will be winding down funding programs for low-income healthcare providers over the course of the next few years. One that provides funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers will be gone at the end of September if not reauthorized, which would mean $133 million lost by the state per year.

Cristina Jimenez Sanchez

I recently told you about an exhibit called Bantu Eyez. Since then, I was able to speak to the woman who actually shot the exhibit's pictures, and the story deepened a bit.

First, if you didn’t know that San Antonio even had a Somali Bantu refugee population, you’re not alone.

"I didn’t know that and I’ve lived in San Antonio all my life," said photographer Cristina Jimenez Sanchez, who captured all the exhibit’s images, and here's why.

"I felt it was something for San Antonio to know, for Texas to know, because they’re now part of Texas history," she said. 

Cristina J. Sanchez

A new photo exhibit is set to open, and its origins are curious. It’s called Bantu Eyez.

“Bantu Eyez is a wonderful exhibition of 26 photographs by Cristina Jimenez Sanchez, a wonderful local photographer," said Allison Hays Lane, University Health System’s art program manager who is curating the exhibit.

“And she had documented, over the last five years, children and adults from the Bantu community -- Somali community -- here in San Antonio,” she said.


The Bexar County Hospital District has requested a tax rate for the coming year with no increase in the tax rate itself. But the health system is counting on rising local property values to sustain its budget over the coming year.

The hospital district, now known as University Health System, submitted a proposal to Bexar County commissioners with a tax rate that is unchanged from last year.