Category Archives: Public Affairs

First Legacy Patient Tests Positive for Zika as Houston Flooding Sure to Boost Mosquito Population

Health center re-issues advisory to its patients. And to Congress. HOUSTON – Legacy Community Health, one of the nation’s largest community health centers, today announced its first patient, a pregnant woman, testing positive for Zika virus.  The woman had lived in El Salvador, where the virus is widespread, prior to coming to the U.S. earlier this year, …

The Pulse: Medical Marijuana Legalization

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On The Pulse this week, we discuss marijuana legalization and medicinal benefits with Heather Fazio, the Texas Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Foundation and CBDOil with Stephanie Fokas, board chair for the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas. Discover where support for legalization is coming from and hear more from advocates of how this could be so …

Trump flips back and forth on health care stance

By: Brianna DAlessio South, Marketing Specialist Over the weekend, the New York Times looked at Donald Trump’s various positions he has on health care. He has flipped between a “full repeal of Obamacare” but then claims, “everybody’s got to be covered.” As former administrator of Medicare and Medicaid  Gail Wilensky, points out, “If you repeal …

The Pulse Radio – The Honorable Dr. Alma Allen on Connecting Health and Literacy; Dept. of Health’s Marlene McNeese on Turnaround Houston and Fighting HIV Incidences

On this week’s episode, we talk with Rep. Dr. Alma Allen about the link between health and literacy in children, as well as her interest in the HISD Superintendent position. Joining us from the City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services, HIV/STD Bureau Chief, Marlene McNeese, discusses Mayor Turner’s pilot initiative – Turnaround …

The Pulse Podcast – Judge Ed Emmett on Medicaid Expansion; Texas Tribune’s Edgar Walters on Zika and the Presidential Election

Our first show’s guests are the Honorable Ed Emmett, the Republican Harris County judge, who discusses his support for Medicaid expansion in the state, and the Texas Tribune’s health reporter Edgar Walters who provides the latest on the Zika virus, presidential politics of health care, and more. Listen below and please share the interview via email or social media.

Legacy Launches Drive-Time FM Radio Show

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We are debuting a weekly radio program on health policy and politics on Houston’s 90.1FM beginning April 5. The show is called “The Pulse: Heartbeat of a Healthy Houston” and will air every Tuesday from 4:30-5:00 p.m. “Health care is one of those few kitchen-table issues, below the economy and terrorism, that Americans are consistently …

Sounding the Alarm on Zika Inaction in Washington

Last week, Legacy jumped into advocacy on Zika virus funding on behalf of our patients. CEO Katy Caldwell sent letters to members of Congress urging them to stop dragging their feet on funding for the Zika virus, which is the mosquito-borne virus causing severe birth defects in thousands of infants in Latin America. It’s just …

The Beginning of the End of HIV/AIDS in Houston

Legacy is pleased to announce the first-ever END of HIV/AIDS campaign for the City of Houston (#get2zero). The end is in sight. Last year, we applied for and received an AIDS United and Ford Foundation HIV/AIDS (REACH) grant, which supports the improvement of HIV/AIDS-focused policy and advocacy activities at community-based organizations in nine southern states. …