Monday morning’s school day routine: Esther Luster drops off the kids at school… Bye guys, have a good day! …before heading off to work. She’s confident they’re in good hands at KIPP, where a top-notch educational environment includes on-campus health care at Legacy’s School-Based Health Clinics. Esther/Parent: Emily is pre-asthmatic, and so sometimes when she starts to get a cold, she’ll start getting this wheezing kind of sound. And if that happens during the school day, Emily walks down the hall to the clinic. Good morning, Emily. How are you? Are you ready to be seen today? Legacy staff calls home for permission to provide medical care and treatment. She’s able to get her treatment here and go right back to class. She’s not missing any learning time, and she’s comfortable here. It’s nice to not have to worry about driving across town to come get her or taking her to the doctor and making sure there’s an appointment for her. Legacy’s School-Based Health Clinics offer much more than the conventional visit to a school nurse. Our providers can prescribe medications and manage chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, or obesity. And, integrated behavioral health care means we can offer immediate referrals to a therapist. Ashley: They don’t have to travel outside of the clinic or search for other services. You’re making it very easy to access. The parents love it, the kids love it, and we’re able to address a lot of different situations and problems in the community. In the five years since Legacy launched clinics at four schools, We’ve expanded to 17 campuses at KIPP and Yes PREP. Last year, 5,000 children visited our clinics for primary and behavioral health care – both students and their siblings. We see a lot of patients. We see a lot of families, and we’re able to not only collaborate with the therapists, but also refer them out to other Legacy clinics. Legacy’s Santa Clara clinic is just down the road from the kids’ school. It’s where Esther comes for her checkups. It’s a Patient-Centered Medical Home for the entire family – newborns to grandparents – with complete health care and supportive services. Dr Lin Dai/Santa Clara: We have patient education, which includes nutrition, parenting classes. We have social services on site. We have a person who takes care of prescription medications. So, well all work together. Legacy’s team commitment to our patients took root in Montrose nearly 40 years ago, with volunteers working out of a small home providing care to the gay community. Soon after, the AIDS epidemic came to Houston, and Legacy’s grassroots, innovative efforts to provide treatment, medications and social services were the catalyst that transformed our
organization into what it is today: Twelve clinics in Greater Houston, Baytown, Beaumont, and Deer Park, Where more than 150 thousand people come every year for comprehensive health care coverage. In addition to primary care and integrated behavioral health, Legacy offers vision, dental, wellness, and HIV education and prevention, and social services. Connecting our communities to health includes innovative programs, like Legacy’s Little Readers. Our providers give away free books during well-child visits with a prescription to read. Parents reading aloud with their children promotes brain development and overall family literacy. Cyndy Garza/H-E-B: What Legacy is doing giving out thousands of books, that we at H-E-B are so proud to be a part of for those young children. To sit down and see that child read and see the parent sit down next to them, and the child read to the parent. They’re both learning. Dedicated corporate and community partners along with you, our valuable supporters, are building healthy families. Thank you for joining Legacy’s mission to drive healthy change in our communities!