A healthy community creates an environment where individuals and families can continue to take control of their own health care needs. Community Health refers to the actions and conditions that protect and improve health standards of any type of community. Our Community Health Workers bring awareness to health conditions, provide screenings and educate others to meet the needs for your community while linking you to health care providers.
Basic free education and health screenings include:
Free Rapid HIV, Hepatitis C and Syphilis testing (finger sticks) are provided Legacy’s Montrose and Lyon’s clinic locations, as well as various off-site locations. Legacy also offers Couples HIV Counseling and Testing because getting tested and receiving your results together can start a conversation between you and your partner(s) about HIV and how to keep your relationship healthy.
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Glucose screening (finger stick) measures the amount of sugar in the blood by puncturing the finger with a lancing device. Random glucose screening and risk assessment may indicate an evaluation for diabetes. Along with the screening and risk assessment, Community Health Workers provide education about the disease, how it can be prevented and/or self-managed.
Blood screening test (finger stick) to determine an individual’s total cholesterol. High blood cholesterol is a risk factor for coronary heart disease and follow up with a medical provider is recommended. Along with the screening, Community Health Workers provide education about the disease and how it can be prevented.
There’s a common misconception that people with high blood pressure, also hypertension, will experience symptoms such as nervousness, sweating, difficulty sleeping or facial flushing. Actually, hypertension is largely a symptomless condition. If you ignore your blood pressure because you think symptoms will alert you to the problem, you are taking a dangerous chance with your life. Everybody needs to know their blood pressure numbers, and everyone needs to prevent high blood pressure from developing.
Through free, informal and easily accessible nutrition educational programs in the clinic and community, participants can develop knowledge and skill related to:
- nutrition and meal planning
- food purchasing and preparation
- food safety
- resource management
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Experienced Community Health Workers provide reproductive health and family planning education to community members at various locations, including schools and community organizations. Educational workshops are suitable for male and female participants. Topics include preconception health, reproductive life planning, birth control methods and other family planning-related issues.
In Texas, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for children ages 15 and under. When installed and used correctly, child safety seats and safety belts can reduce injury and save lives. It is estimated that four out of five car seats are installed incorrectly. In this program, certified technicians provide complimentary car seats, inspections and instruction. The requirements for participation are:
- Financial need
- Someone in the household must have a vehicle and a working safety belt
- Attend a one-hour class to learn how to use the safety seat correctly
- An appropriate car seat is provided to the participants following the class
Legacy recognize that each person has the potential to be a successful and productive person, so we offer the program for Adult Literacy, which consists of the following classes: English as a Second Language (ESL), General Development Education or GED ( in Spanish ) and computer classes. The program provides a friendly and helpful environment for learning.