The overwhelming majority of comments about healthcare emphasized the need for it to be made available equitably to all residents and affordable.
Remarks about healthcare are often connected with other essential services such as affordable housing and quality education, and, as we expected given the current context, the role of police in society.
I'd like to see actual services offered to those in crisis or in need rather than everything being a police issue. Police need to be a resource for actual help, not brutality. If people have drug problems, they should be given access to treatment services. If people are homeless, they need to be directed to where they can find shelter and other services. Those with mental health challenges need to have access to mental health services. So rather than funding the police with military grade weapons and have jail/prison be the answer to all of the above-stated problems, funds need to be directed to helping the homeless, mentally challenged, and those with addiction issues. Then improve access to educational and employment opportunities so we can possibly avoid these issues all together. Stop treating everything as a crime and rather help transform lives rather than locking them up. Let's start treating all people with dignity and respect and stop dehumanizing those who are different from us.
A future where police are either nonexistent or have next to nothing in funding. I want to see that funding reinvested in our health care, our schools, affordable housing, adequately addressing homelessness and giving people actual tools that can help them succeed, better mental health care, providing rehabilitation instead of incarceration, and so much more. But that's where I'll start.
A true sense of community and working together to achieve equity for all residents. I would like to see more investment in social support services and less in "law and order" - we need affordable housing, access to free or low-cost healthcare (including mental health), a living wage for everyone, support for small businesses, etc. (These are things I'd like to see in Gso and in the country as a whole - things like universal healthcare and strengthening the social safety net for all citizens.) The Covid-19 crisis and the death of George Floyd (and Breonna Taylor, Amaud Arbury and others) have exposed stark disparities and have shone a light on systemic racism in healthcare, policing, and basically all areas of life in our country. I hope we can learn something from the shock and pain of it all and work towards rectifying these deep-seeded societal problems. I don't know what the answers are, but I'm paying attention and listening.
Access and affordability of health care is seen as a central part of optimistic visions about the future of Greensboro. As COVID-19 spread in our community during our poll, the responses to the Regenesis poll reflected that community concern.
I want to live in a city where people can access healthcare when they need it without fear of going bankrupt.
I would like to see Greensboro have safer settings for the elderly. The spread of Covid in nursing homes is unbelievable. I'd also like to see more funding for the public schools. There are not ample materials and many buildings are in bad shape.
I want to see a city where we take care of the disenfranchised, where no one goes hungry, where affordable health care is available to all.