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17 May

What is the Banyan Tree Project?

Category: Advocacy, HIV/STD Screening & Treatment, LGBT, Public Health

May 19 is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. By Barrett White   In 2005, we celebrated the first Asian and Pacific Islander HIV Awareness Day. The effort was spearheaded by a group in California, API Wellness. The faces of the AIDS crisis were predominantly White gay men, and presently, the most at-risk…

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14 May

Local, Free, and Fun: Summer destinations to get the family off the couch

Category: Exercise, Public Health

By Barrett White Over the summer months when the kids are out of school and the stress of homework, exams, and class projects fades into memory, it’s easy to let the body relax with the mind. It’s often joked that Houston is “the most air conditioned city in the world”, and with good reason—the average…

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25 April

Nutritious, Simple, and Cheap: Meal Plans from a Legacy Dietician

Category: Public Health, Social Determinants of Health, Uncategorized

By Barrett White Cooking for a family—or cooking multiple meals for a single person meal prep—doesn’t have to be difficult, time consuming, or expensive. In fact, stopping for fast food to satisfy the hunger pangs, even just to order off the dollar menu, adds up quick and is easily more expensive in the long run…

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09 April

The 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference: What We Learned, Part 2

Category: Advocacy, HIV/STD Screening & Treatment, LGBT, Public Affairs, Public Health

On day two of the conference, experts in their fields debated the cost-effectiveness of PrEP. How did they come to their conclusions, and how can states leverage that cost without the patients paying the price?   By Barrett White According to the CDC’s website, PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a medication regimen that “when taken…

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08 April

Vaccine Before Vacation: Staying healthy this summer

Category: Adult Primary Care, Family Medicine, HIV/STD Screening & Treatment, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Public Health, Vaccination & Immunization

By Barrett White My family didn’t travel much when I was a child, we simply couldn’t afford it. But when we could afford a weekend adventure away from home, we would pile in the car and drive out to New Orleans, Dallas, Austin, or San Antonio. We never worried much about travel vaccinations, because these…

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29 March

Summer’s Coming—Is Your Skin Ready?

Category: Adult Primary Care, Exercise, Pediatrics, Public Health

By Barrett White The temperature in Houston has been pushing 80 degrees the past couple of weekends and pollen is officially blanketing every outdoor flat surface in sight. Spring is here—but knowing Houston weather, this means summer is not far behind. As the sun-lovers emerge from their homes and make their way to the plethora…

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25 March

The 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference: What We Learned, Part I

Category: HIV/STD Screening & Treatment, LGBT, Public Affairs, Public Health

By Barrett White Over the past week, the CDC hosted the annual National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta. At the podium were familiar faces such as Drs. Anthony Fauci, David Malebranche and the director of the CDC, Bob Redfield. Over the course of the conference, panelists tackled tough topics like HIV stigma, PrEP access for…

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15 March

Even though two people have been recently declared in remission of HIV, there is no cure. Yet.

Category: HIV/STD Screening & Treatment, LGBT, Public Health

By Barrett White Last week, two people living with HIV went into long-term remission following a bone marrow transplant. Long-term remission means that they have not been completely cured of the virus, but there is a very little chance that it will come back. The patients’ bone marrow transplants were intended to treat cancer diagnoses,…

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01 March

Legacy’s Little Readers to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 115th Birthday with Read Across America

Category: Pediatrics, Public Health

By Barrett White On March 1, Legacy’s Little Readers program will participate in Read Across America Day from 10AM to 12PM. Across ten of Legacy’s Houston-area clinics, volunteers will read to Legacy’s pediatric patients and promote the culture of reading among families and community. Legacy expects to provide more than 900 children with books and…

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07 February

Today is Black HIV Awareness Day. Do you know your status?

Category: Health News, HIV/STD Screening & Treatment, LGBT, Public Health

By Barrett White “I don’t have HIV, I’m not gay,” said Kalvin Marshall, in disbelief, at learning he was living with HIV. But he was and so was his wife Eunice. The Marshalls are members of Positive Organizing Project (POP+), an advocacy training program designed by and for people living with HIV/AIDS. They were given…

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