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Legacy is a community health center that is a part of our communities. We respond to the needs of those we serve.
In the early 80s we were one of the first responders in Houston to the HIV/AIDS crisis. Education and prevention are the still the core of what we do.
In 2006, the City of Houston asked us to open a clinic in the historic fifth ward. Our commitment to community shines when you visit our new building that opened in 2017.
The Little Readers program was created to improve long-term literacy rates among members of our communities. This increases long-term health benefits.
In 2016, we led the education and prevention of the Zika virus. Volunteers, prepared thousands of prevention packets.
That same year, Legacy staff led Houston's response to the shootings at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
Our comprehensive slate of services are open to any and every one that comes to us.
At Legacy, we're connecting our communities to health every day, in every way.
Legacy Community Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with locations in Houston, Baytown, Deer Park and Beaumont, Texas. Legacy was founded in 1978 as a volunteer clinic and was named Montrose Clinic. In 1981 Montrose Clinic became incorporated. Its original purpose was an STD clinic for gay men but then became one of the first responders to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Houston. In 2005, Montrose Clinic merged with The Assistance Fund to become Legacy Community Health (Legacy). It was also in 2005, that Legacy started the process to become an FQHC. FQHC status was granted in 2006 and Legacy began to expand its slate of services and increase its presence in Southeast Texas.
Legacy currently has 16 clinics in Southeast Texas. Additionally, Legacy has 19 school-based clinics in partnership with KIPP Academy, YES Prep, and Cristo Rey. In 2017, Legacy served 169,906 patients through 548,173 encounters.
The name Legacy was chosen to remember the patients we helped during the worst of times during the HIV/AIDS crisis and to leave our legacy of affordable healthcare for all in an inclusive and non-judgmental environment.
As an FQHC, Legacy offers its services to the insured, under-insured and uninsured. Legacy's services include: Adult Primary Care; Pediatrics; OB/GYN & Maternity; Dental; Vision; Behavioral Health (Adult & Pediatric); Vaccinations & Immunizations; LGBTQ Services; Family Medicine; HIV/STD Screening, Treatment & Education; Nutrition Counseling; and Wellness Program. In 2017, Legacy opened Legacy-operated pharmacies at two locations which allows for a better patient experience.
Legacy also works with our patients outside of the exam room. A team of social workers and case managers work with patients to access resources. Legacy also has a literacy program that helps adults and children. The children's program is named Little Readers and its goal is to improve long-term literacy rates among members of the communities by initiating critical physician-to-patient conversations about early childhood education, literacy, and its long-term benefits. During well-child visits, parents are given a prescription to read to their child along with an age appropriate book.
Legacy is a community health center that is a part of the community. Being a part of the community is in our roots.
Throughout its history, Legacy has responded to the needs of the community. In 1978, a need was identified for STD for gay men and Montrose Clinic was founded as a volunteer organization. Shortly after incorporating in 1981, the HIV/AIDS crisis hit Houston. Montrose Clinic became one of the first responders in Houston and was the first agency to initiate PACE (Program for AIDS Counseling and Evaluation). In 1985, Montrose Clinic became the first community-based organization in Texas and second in the nation antibody testing site. With the help of Ryan White Care Act funding, in 1988 Montrose Clinic began offering primary care medical services to impoverished persons living with HIV/AIDS.
After the merger with The Assistance Fund, Legacy was asked by the City to open a clinic in Houston's historic Fifth Ward and did so in 2006. Additional growth occurred in 2010 when Legacy was asked to take over operations of a clinic in Houston's Gulfton neighborhood; the most densely populated neighborhood in Houston with the highest number of immigrants. Shortly after opening, an assessment was made and determined the need for after-hours care and weekend care for pediatric patients. Legacy was quick to respond to that need and started extended hours. Because of Legacy's reputation for high-quality, affordable healthcare and its work with HIV/AIDS, a request was made to open sites in Beaumont in 2012.
In 2016, Legacy lead an active education community effort on the Zika Virus. That same year, Legacy became a key player in the community response to the attack on a club in Orlando.
We continue to look for opportunities to address the needs of our communities.