Tag Archives: Public Health

Marijuana Use in Teens: Typical Risk-taking or Concerning Use?

As we work through the month of September, Legacy continues to recognize National Recovery Month. By Dominique Gonzalez, Addiction Services Social Worker & Kara Kai Kirton, Manager of Ancillary Social Services   While determining one’s own readiness for recovery from substance use can be daunting this September for National Recovery Month, determining if your teenager …

Legacy Community Health Sees Nearly 60% Rise in Applications for HIV/AIDS Medication Program during COVID

Temporary Changes in State Requirements Help Patients Get Extra Month of Medications HOUSTON (June 5, 2020) – Since mid-March when statewide restrictions were put in place to flatten the number of COVID-19 cases, Legacy Community Health Financial Services has seen a 58.5% increase from the average number of completed applications for the Texas HIV Medication …

Legacy Celebrates the LGBTQ+ Community May 17

May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. By Barrett White   In 1990, the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder, a decision that activists called long overdue. In 2004, the anniversary of the decision, May 17, became the international observance day to celebrate and empower the community. The International …

Sobriety in the Age of Staying-At-Home

Twelve-step programs are the cornerstone of balanced mental health for many struggling with alcohol use. When you can’t gather, how can you coalesce among peers? By Barrett White   Nobody should struggle alone. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are thought to be as bad as – if not worse than, in some cases – withdrawals from heavy …

April 18 is National Transgender HIV Testing Day. Do you know your status?

Eliminating the stigma begins with knowing your status. By Barrett White   On average, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are nearly 40,000 new HIV transmissions every year, with the highest rates found in the South—and of major cities in the South, Houston is a hotbed for new infections. In the most …

What is ‘social distancing’? How do I handle it?

With health officials across the country asking that we all practice ‘social distancing,’ the direction leaves many asking what that even means. Updated Jun 24, 2020 By Barrett White What is social distancing, and what’s the difference between that and going into quarantine? Social distancing is a measure taken by the public to restrict when …

Connecting Communities to Care: Representing Legacy at UH Health Conference

Felicia Latson, LCSW-S, center, discusses social determinants of health with other panel members at University of Houston’s first Health: A Call to Action conference on January 31, 2020. By Barrett White   In the midst of campus buzz, the University of Houston held their first-ever community health conference, titled Health: A Call to Action. The …

More than Valentines: February and Women’s Heart Health

By Dr. Patricia Hayes, Medical Director of Family Practice February is a month dedicated to hearts. Part of that is because of Valentine’s Day, but February is also known as Heart Health Month. Heart disease is often thought of as a man’s disease, yet nearly as many women as men die every year from heart …

How Legacy can help you prepare for Becoming a Mom

By Carolina Boyd Pregnancy can be an exciting yet anxious time for a woman. Whether it is her first pregnancy or her last, there can be a lot to learn about what to do before and after the baby arrives. Legacy Community Health offers Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien (BAM) classes to help our pregnant patients …