I attended a meeting this morning where someone from Gateway to Care asked for help getting Houstonians to respond to an anonymous healthcare-related survey. Here’s the brief story on Gateway to care:
Gateway to Care is a 501 ( c )( 3 ) non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that each resident of the Harris County / Greater Houston area has access to affordable and accessible healthcare. Operating as a “Collaborative” of over 165 member and affiliated organizations who work together to coordinate resources and streamline healthcare services in the local community, the Gateway to Care Collaborative is responsible for bringing in over $100 million in health care resources and improving the health lives of over 100,000 individuals and families since 2000.
To facilitate access to adequate healthcare for uninsured and underinsured persons in the Harris County service region by establishing a mechanism for healthcare agencies, coalitions, funding entities and advocacy groups to coordinate common administrative and service delivery activities to provide a seamless service delivery system.
I’m exhausted and need to check a few more things off my list this afternoon, so please pardon me for endorsing an action step while giving very little detail about it, but here goes. Please take the survey, and encourage others in Houston to do so. They’ve had ~400 responses, but want to get at least 2,000 by the end of August.
Why does it matter? Survey responses will have an impact on how federal funds flow—or don’t flow—into various communities. Houston sends plenty of tax dollars upstream, so this is a chance to recoup some of those on their downstream journey.
The survey focuses on community health at the neighborhood level, and questions relate to things like healthy food, air quality, access to grocery stores, mental health services, etc.
Click here to take the survey. It is anonymous, although you have the option of including contact info at the end if you wish. It also goes pretty quickly, five minutes or so, depending upon how quickly you type.