Legacy Survey Finds Children Missing Well Child Check-Ups and Vaccinations Due to COVID19

HOUSTON (June 29, 2020) – Legacy Community Health conducted an online survey among parents and guardians of pediatric patients between 04/27/2020 and 05/15/2020 following Harris County’s stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was provided in English and Spanish to help understand potential barriers to care imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the stay-at-home …

Legacy Celebrates Pride Month 2020

Though the festivals are cancelled or postponed across the country, that doesn’t mean that the spirit of Pride itself has been shuttered. By Barrett White   The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put a temporary hold on large social gatherings like Pride parades, concerts, festivals – you name it. That doesn’t mean that Pride itself is …

National Men’s Health Week: Getting Men to see their Doctors

Legacy’s Drs. Larry Caesar and Mark Levine discuss why men need to stop skipping their doctor visits This week is National Men’s Health Week and we’re using the observance to encourage men to take steps to better health. The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early …

Child Immunization Appointments Still Down 50% Post-COVID

Pediatric Annual Visits for Children Over 3 Fall Drastically Below Normal in May HOUSTON (June 14, 2020) –As Legacy Community Health continues to track the rate of pediatric annual exams to ensure children are receiving their immunizations, a look at May’s visits showed a 50% decrease from the same month in 2019 for children over …

Vitamin D and Newborns: Is your Baby Getting Enough?

By Ashley Cockrell, Nurse Practitioner School Based Manager Is your baby getting enough vitamin D? It is a question that may take new parents by surprise when asked by their baby’s pediatrician. New moms are encouraged to breastfeed their babies for at least the first six months of life. While breast milk is considered the …

Legacy Community Health Sees Nearly 60% Rise in Applications for HIV/AIDS Medication Program during COVID

Temporary Changes in State Requirements Help Patients Get Extra Month of Medications HOUSTON (June 5, 2020) – Since mid-March when statewide restrictions were put in place to flatten the number of COVID-19 cases, Legacy Community Health Financial Services has seen a 58.5% increase from the average number of completed applications for the Texas HIV Medication …

Multi-symptom Inflammatory Syndrome: What Parents Need to Know

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By Dr. Tamisha Jones, Medical Director—Pediatrics As the world continues to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 virus, there is a rare but alarming condition related to the virus that has raised concern for both parents and doctors.  It is called multi-symptom inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) and can affect young children, as well …

How to help your child feel more comfortable wearing a face mask

By Carolina Boyd, Communications Associate As cases of the coronavirus continues to surge in the Houston area, as well as the state of Texas, many of us are being asked to wear face masks every time we go out in public. That recommendation applies to children over the age of two. It can be very …

Legacy Celebrates the LGBTQ+ Community May 17

May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. By Barrett White   In 1990, the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder, a decision that activists called long overdue. In 2004, the anniversary of the decision, May 17, became the international observance day to celebrate and empower the community. The International …

Telemedicine Use Rises Sharply by Legacy Community Health Patients

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New Policies on Masks, Social Distancing, Limits on Non-Patient Visitors Now in Effect HOUSTON, BEAUMONT (May 12, 2020) – Since mid-March when Texas Governor Abbott signed a waiver to allow telemedicine for patients covered by state health programs like Medicaid, Legacy Community Health’s telemedicine program has jumped to account for nearly 40% of all appointments …