Community Health & Safety

We work with the community to support self-sufficiency, improve wellness, increase access to resources, grow self-worth and achieve community resilience.

Health & Safety Brochure(PDF, 368KB)


  • Asthma cost residents almost $37.3 million in hospital fees in Bexar County (2017).
  • Bexar County had the highest infant mortality amongst all Texas Counties with more than 10,000 live births (2016).
  • 23% of Bexar county children (under 18) live in poverty, while also affecting 16% of the total county population.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death and homicide is the third among 15 - 24 year old individuals in Bexar County.
  • 1 in 3 women in Texas experience domestic violence. 1 in 4 children witnesses domestic violence in their home.
  • Highest rates of diabetes hospitalizations occur in zip codes in San Antonio with the highest levels of poverty.
  • Residents in the north of Bexar County tend to live 20 years longer than residents living in the south (2016).
  • Fewer than 1 in 10 US children and adults eat the recommended daily amount of vegetables.

Strategic Solutions to Prevent Diseases

Chronic Disease Prevention

Our team works to prevent chronic diseases by promoting good nutrition, physical activity and a healthy weight. We also work to address inequities in chronic diseases, including diabetes and asthma.

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Maternal & Child Health

The health of mothers, children and babies are critical when addressing health. We work to reduce diseases and prevent death among mothers, children and babies. We also focus special attention to reducing racial and ethnic differences in these health outcomes.

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Violence Prevention

This section uses a public health approach to reduce violence in the community. Metro health supports people experiencing violence through intervention, case management services and therapy.

Metro health also works to prevent violence by addressing the root causes of violence through programs. These programs support parents, teach young adults healthy relationship behaviors and support policies that reduce poverty and increase educational resources.

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