FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE| August 4, 2016
James Lee | JLee@legacycommunityhealth.org| (281) 889-8362
Legacy Community Health and Houston Businesses Kick-Start Back to School
GE, ExxonMobil, Chick-fil-A, Children’s Museum make significant donations to Texas students
HOUSTON – Legacy Community Health, one of the nation’s largest community health centers serving low-income patients, is hosting back-to-school events for more than 1,300 students and their families to receive donated haircuts, backpacks, family photo shoots, food items and more provided by regional business and non-profit organizations. Sponsors include General Electric, ExxonMobil, Amerigroup, Community Health Choice, McKesson, My Brother’s Keeper, Visible Changes, Southeast Texas Food Bank, Persona, Vista College, and Julia Rogers Gift of Life. The events will be held August 5-19, 2016 at Legacy’s Houston, Baytown, and Beaumont clinics.
“Our annual back-to-school drive is one of those opportunities where we, along with generous businesses and non-profit groups, go beyond the exam room to meet the overall health and wellness of our young patients and their families,” said Lizette Tienda, director of community relations for Legacy Community Health. “Health is more than what happens in the doctor’s office, so it’s critical we are out in the community helping improve the daily lives of our patients.”
Additional sponsors include the Children’s Museum of Houston, which is providing 1,000 free passes to students as part of its Open Doors program and Chick-fil-A, which is donating 500 meal vouchers in Beaumont.
Legacy’s other education-based initiative, in partnership with H-E-B and the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation, is “Little Readers,” an early childhood literacy program for patients six months to five-years-old. The agency has given away more than 24,000 books to its pediatric patients in under a year.
Legacy Community Health, a not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center, provides comprehensive care to over 85,000 community members regardless of their ability to pay. The agency, a United Way of Greater Houston agency, provides adult primary care, HIV/AIDS care, pediatrics, OB/GYN and maternity, dental, vision and behavioral health.