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RECEIVED Wed., Sept. 15, 2021
Advocates for women and children in Texas are required through home visitation programs. Maternal mortality, postpartum depression, sudden infant death syndrome, and domestic violence are just a few of the major issues plaguing women’s and children’s health in Texas. Texas has some of the highest rates of maternal death and depression. These issues tend to affect minority communities disproportionately. Education and limited resources leave women and children vulnerable to adverse health outcomes or situations. Recently, in the 87th legislature, House Bill 331, aiming to create an evidence-based universal home visitation program in Texas was rejected. Home visitation programs have individuals who can efficiently advocate for women and children.
Evidence-based home visitation programs have been seen to improve maternal and child health issues. These programs consist of trained professionals that will visit the homes of families before, during, and after pregnancy in order to promote health. They educate and connect families to resources as well as advocate for their health needs or goals. The mission of a home visitation program is to reduce domestic violence, prevent maternal death, increase family education levels, promote positive parenting, and connect families to helpful community resources. In regions that have implemented programs, reduced rates of violence, maternal death, and neglect were seen
Home visitation programs that have individuals who can advocate for women and children in Texas are necessary to improve quality of life and health. It is imperative that Texans voice their concerns to their representatives and get HB 331 passed. Everyone, especially women and children, deserve an advocate. Join in advocating for women and children throughout Texas by supporting home visitation programs.
Master of Public Health Candidate 2022
University of North Texas Health Science Center
RECEIVED Tue., Sept. 14, 2021
Here is my opinion as to what to do with I-35:
1) Re-route I-35 to go around the city of Austin, leaving a wide margin for future expansion, and build the outer stations of public transportation (with garages to house cars) at regular intervals of the circular highway around the city (compare, e.g. Paris, France)
2) Use the existing I-35 to construct subway/public transportation North-South; go undergound in the Downtown area.
3) Open up the Downtown I-35 areas so that the split between East and West Austin is no longer.
Eric van Ginkel