The duties of local health authority would be added to Woo’s existing role as medical director.
The Family Association said Council members voting for Woo would be “at odds with the majority of San Antonio voters who are Catholic, Christian, and Pro-life.”
After the EPA labelled the city’s air too polluted to meet smog standards, San Antonio leaders have put their top public health official in charge of the cleanup.
The proposed $2.8 billion budget, up 5.8 percent from last year, allocates $4.8 million in direct city funds to Metro Health initiatives.
Local syringe exchange programs may now operate in Bexar County without participants being prosecuted for possession of drug paraphernalia.
A project that analyzes health policies in the nation’s 40 largest cities recognized San Antonio for implementing policy to address community health.
Colleen Bridger calls the age hike for purchasing tobacco products the “most significant public health policy that I will ever be involved with.”
Amid a national opioid abuse epidemic, Bexar County is still waiting to receive $3 million in state funding to fight opioid abuse on the ground.
More children go to the hospital for asthma attacks in San Antonio than other Texas cities, according to state health data.
The Texas governor wants to avoid a designation of poor air quality for San Antonio, though public health advocates say the city’s air clearly doesn’t meet standards.