Category Archives: Public Health

Vaccine Before Vacation: Staying healthy this summer

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 …

Summer’s Coming—Is Your Skin Ready?

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 …

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

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 …

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

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, …

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

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 …

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

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 …

Mythbusting the HIV stigma

By Barrett White   If you’re unsure how HIV is spread, or how to prevent it, you’re not alone. Is AIDS the same thing as HIV? Is there a cure for AIDS? We took these common questions, beliefs, and misconceptions into consideration and created this handy mythbusters guide to HIV/AIDS with the help of Legacy’s …

Have You Enrolled in Marketplace Insurance for 2019? Deadline is tomorrow (Saturday)

By Barrett White Have you signed up for health insurance for 2019 through the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) yet? December 15 is the last day to enroll in a health care plan on the marketplace.   Marketplace insurance is for those who don’t already have insurance through their employer, Medicaid, Medicare, or the Children’s Health …

Legacy Community Health to Break Ground on $10 Million Campus in Southwest Houston

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By Kevin Nix Legacy Community Health has announced the groundbreaking ceremony for its new clinic in the Gulfton/southwest area of Houston. The 33,500 sq. ft. campus replaces the health center’s existing location that specializes in OB/GYN and pediatrics. “The demand for quality, affordable health care in southwest Houston is very high,” said Katy Caldwell, CEO …

Millennials Are Ditching the Primary Care Doctor

By Barrett White Millennials, the generation born roughly between the late 1980s and new millennia, are not kids anymore. As young adults however, a trend has emerged among them suggesting that many millennials without a chronic condition are opting not to stick with their family’s primary care physician. Every generation has evaded primary care in …