child health data
Candidate Survey on California's Kids
Responses: Doris Gentry
Office: Assembly, District 7
Q1: If you could tell California voters one thing about your commitment to the health and well being of children, what would it be?
Having grown up in over 30 out-of-home placements – we faced hunger and poor medical care. So I became a foster mom and opened my home to kids. To date we have had over 100 foster kids and have faced many complicated medical issues. I am first and foremost an advocate for kids and as such will do any and all possible to commit to their well-being.
Q2: In the past decade, Californian voters have consistently ranked children and child-related issues as a top priority, yet state programs that support children frequently lack adequate resources to fulfill their missions. If elected, what steps would you take to make the health and well being of children a higher priority in California?
It is among my highest personal passions so it would be easy for me to endorse and support concerns and issues for kids.
Q3: How would you leverage the newly enacted health care reform legislation to benefit children in California?
In any and all ways possible. Kids need our support to grow up to be well-adjusted adults.
Q4: Statewide, 10 to 15 percent of families have a child with a special health care need -- a chronic physical, developmental, or behavioral condition that requires more than routine health and related services. As the fact sheet below illustrates, California ranks last in the nation on a minimum quality-of-care index for children with special health care needs. If elected, how would you address this situation?
I am open to discussions with your group on solutions. It sounds like you have done your homework on this topic and I would be honored to work with you on this very important issue. Kids should not be thrown out with the bathwater but brought in and nurtured by caring and compassionate adults.