Rio Grande City native, Leo Lopez III, was invited to speak at the TEDx San Antonio conference on Saturday, October 18, where, he spoke to the audience about recent, and troubling health issues their impact on many residents across the Rio Grande Valley.
“I’m talking about the idea of access to quality healthcare,” said Mr. Lopez during his presentation. “Starr County [Texas] has some of the most immense health disparities in the world. Across the state of Texas the average ratio of physicians to patients is 1 physician to 600 patients; roughly. In Starr County, it’s 1 physician for over 3,400 patients.”
Lopez also discussed the issue of access to healthcare South of the border, in Mexico. “In 2009 drug cartel violence escalated across the border. People were deterred from seeking care. They knew they had lost access to their physicians,” said Lopez.
Lopez will soon graduate as a doctor from the UT school of medicine in San Antonio, and has stated he hopes to become a family doctor practitioner.
TEDx are independent TED-like events, which can be organized by anyone who obtains a free license from the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) organization, and agreeing to follow certain principles. As of January 2014, the TEDx talk library contained some 30,000 films and presentations from over 130 countries.