Within a sustainability view, society struggles with whether to focus first on people or the environment; yet if people’s basic personal needs, such as health, are not met, the needs of the environment may be quickly forgotten.
Lifestyle choices can have significant impact on personal and family health. Compounded across a population and multiplied by factors such as a shortage of health professionals and public education and awareness, these choices can be a barrier to aspirations of sustainability for an individual, a household and a region.
As with many equity-related indicators, the consequences of not having health insurance fall disproportionately on lower income residents. Central also Texas lacks adequate resources for those who experience mental, emotional or substance use disorders, and these disparities are particularly notable for those with lower household incomes.