Prenatal care at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic

What is prenatal care?

Prenatal care is the health care you get while you are pregnant. Take care of yourself and your baby by:

  • Getting early prenatal care. If you know you’re pregnant, or think you might be, call 713-674-3326 to schedule a visit.
  • Getting regular prenatal care. Your doctors will schedule you for many checkups over the course of your pregnancy. Don’t miss any — they are all important.
  • Following your doctor’s advice.

Dr. Magdalena Brooks joins Vecino Health Centers to lead prenatal care

If Dr. Magdalena Brooks had just one message for young women as they step into adulthood, it would be this: “Good care, even before getting pregnant, is really important. Caring for yourself before pregnancy minimizes the risk for complications.”  

A native speaker of both Spanish and English, Dr. Magdalena Brooks brings expertise in prenatal care to Vecino Health Centers

Dr. Brooks is a native speaker of both Spanish and English and an expert in prenatal care and women’s health. She joins Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic to increase the options for patients who want prenatal care right at the clinic.

An accomplished family medicine practitioner and obstetrician, Dr. Brooks served most recently as Director of Women’s Health and Maternity Care and Faculty Physician for Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program/Memorial Hermann Hospital System.  

More services for pregnancy and birth now at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic 

Thanks to Dr. Brooks’ leadership, most patients can now get all of their prenatal care right at Denver Harbor Family Clinic. Ultrasounds are available in-house, and many patients with higher-risk pregnancies can continue their care at the clinic. Patients needing c-sections can now also continue their prenatal care at Denver Harbor.

After pregnancy, patients can also get help with postpartum depression and other postpartum care through behavioral health services at the clinic.

Vecino’s Denver Harbor Clinic is now accepting new and existing patients for family planning, pregnancy, and postpartum care. To schedule an appointment with Vecino’s Prenatal Services call 713-674-3326.

Telehealth: Connect to healthcare from home

As part of Vecino Health Center’s efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and keep our community safe, we are now offering scheduled telehealth services to  established, as well as new, patients. With it, a patient can have a medical or counseling visit with their provider from the comfort of their home.

We want you to know that at your health and safety is our top priority, so now you can get in touch with your provider to address any health concerns you may have, or talk to one of the licensed professionals on our counseling staff to help you cope during these stressful times from your own home.

Schedule a telehealth appointment today!

 Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic: 713-674-3326

Vecino’s Airline Children’s Clinic: 713-695-4013 

New patients are welcome!

What is telehealth?

Telehealth is when you use digital and communications technology – like computers, smartphones, or telephones – to access health care services.

During a telehealth appointment, you will be able to talk to doctor, nurse, counselor, or other provider on your phone, smartphone, tablet, or computer about any health concerns you may be having. Based on your symptoms and your medical history, your provider can prescribe medications, recommend at-home treatments, or ask you to come to the clinic for further examination.

Vecino’s medical providers and licensed professionals on the counseling staff can treat many common conditions for adults and children through telehealth, including the following:

 

Medical care for children, teens, and adults

  • Allergies
  • Cold or sinus infections
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes management
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn or acid reflux
  • Hypertension management
  • Joint pain (shoulder, knee, back, etc.)
  • Medication follow up
  • Pink eye
  • Urinary tract Infections 

Counseling for children, teens, and adults (Behavioral Health)

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Disruptive behavior problems in children and youth
  • Grief
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Stress
  • Panic Attacks
  • Trauma

Answers to common questions about telehealth

Who can get telehealth care?

Telehealth is available to both children and adults from Vecino Health Centers. You don’t have to be an established patient. New patients are welcome.

Is telehealth covered by insurance?

Telehealth appointments are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicaid and CHIP. If you don’t have insurance, please ask about our Financial Assistance Program.

What if I need to refill a prescription?

If you are due for a medical visit to refill your medication, you may be eligible to complete this visit through telehealth. Please call to schedule.

Is Telehealth secure? How will my privacy be protected?

Your privacy and protected health information (PHI) will be protected during your Telehealth visits. Your personal information and visit details are confidential, protected, and secure.

COVID-19 screening and testing

Vecino Health Centers’ outdoor screening for people who are determined to be potentially at risk for COVID-19 is available—by appointment—at the Denver Harbor Family Clinic location*. Call 713-674-3326 to make an appointment.

Call 713-674-3326 before coming to the clinic

The outdoor screening and testing are conducted by appointment for patients and other community members who are determined to be at risk for COVID-19, following a phone screening process. Calling ahead helps the clinic in protecting staff and other patients.

Who is at risk for COVID-19?

People who are at risk for COVID-19 are those who have had contact with someone known to have tested positive and who are exhibiting symptoms.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Vecino Health Centers recommends that those who are determined to be at risk for COVID-19 call to get an appointment, get tested through the outdoor site, and then place themselves in isolation.

Special note for people at higher risk for severe illness

People who are 60 years or older, pregnant, or have underlying medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease may be at higher risk of getting very sick. If they have been exposed, it is important to contact their health care provider. Their health will be monitored more closely.

Are you concerned?

If you are concerned that you or someone in your family may have contracted COVID-19, the first step is to call your clinic.

Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic: 713-674-3326

Vecino’s Airline Children’s Clinic:  713-695-4013

How long does it take to get the COVID-19 test results?

All tests are sent to a laboratory for processing. Results are available within approximately three days.

Not everyone who is sick needs to be tested for COVID-19

If you are experiencing mild symptoms and have not been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or traveled to one of the countries where infection has spread, and are not at high risk, you should isolate yourself, monitor your symptoms, and follow instructions from your health care provider. 

Is the testing free?

Testing is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare. That means no cost to patients. If you don’t have insurance, fees are affordable and determined on a sliding scale based on your income level.

What is coronavirus disease COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus. The most common symptoms of the disease are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Most people with COVID-19 will have mild disease but some people will get sicker and may need to be hospitalized.

For more information about COVID-19 please visit:

*The full cash price for the PCR COVID-19 lab test is $51. Insurance coverage and/or discounts may apply via financial assistance.

Getting blood pressure rates under control

Target BP Program at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic helps patients control their blood pressure. 

Texas has one of the highest rates of high blood pressure in the country, and African American adults are at greatest risk. Patients at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic in Houston can make an appointment for a screening and work with clinic staff to control their blood pressure.

High blood pressure is called “the silent killer.” And for good reason. Nearly half of all adults in the US have high blood pressure, which leads to problems like heart attack and stroke. But many people with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it. This is because it usually has no symptoms.  

High blood pressure is treatable, and staff at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic want to help every patient get theirs under control. The clinic is now part of Target BP, a program of the American Heart Association and American Medical Association.

As a Gold Level participant in Target BP, we already helped many patients lower their blood pressure. And we have the tools to help more patients do the same. 

With proper treatment and management, you can control your high blood pressure to help you live a long and healthy life.

Call 713-674-3326

to schedule an appointment at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic.

How do I know if I have high blood pressure? 

Getting a blood pressure test is the only way to know for sure if you have high blood pressure. It is important to get a screening every year. A blood pressure test is a routine part of most medical appointments.

Free screenings and heart health information are also available at health fairs throughout Houston. If your screening results indicate a potential issue, it’s important to follow the recommendations and schedule an appointment with a health care provider as soon as possible so we can help you take steps to get it under control and prevent issues before they become serious. 

Learn more about high blood pressure

If you have high blood pressure, you are not alone and there are many resources available to help.

What is High Blood Pressure Fact Sheet from the American Heart Association – English

What is High Blood Pressure Fact Sheet from the American Heart Association – Spanish

 

 

4 myths about pregnancy

Four myths about pregnancy and prenatal care that every mom-to-be should know

If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, you might be hearing a lot of advice coming from all kinds of sources. For instance, your mom might be telling you one thing, your friend who has just had a baby tells you another, and the internet says something else. Of course, this is all well-meaning advice, but it’s easy to get confused and wonder if what you hear is true.

Myth about pregnancy #1: Prenatal care is too far away and expensive

False! Did you know that if you live in northeast Houston, you don’t have to travel far to get good prenatal care? Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic offers quality prenatal care from the time you start thinking about having a baby or when you find out you’re pregnant, all the way through delivery.

At Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic, you can get all your pregnancy related care, including regular checkups, ultrasounds, postpartum care, circumcision, and behavioral health. Regular checkups are important to make sure you and your baby are healthy and strong throughout the pregnancy.

Vecino's Denver Harbor Family Clinic

If you are worried about how much your care will cost, note that most insurance plans cover the cost of prenatal care. If you don’t have insurance, Vecino offers a financial assistance program to establish an amount you pay at each visit that is affordable for you. You won’t have to worry about any unexpected charges for tests or procedures.

Schedule a prenatal appointment today:

Call 713-674-3326

Myth about pregnancy #2: Pregnant women are happy all the time

Pregnancy is a time of physical and emotional changes, and somedays you are not going to feel like yourself. That’s okay! Pregnant women don’t have to be happy all the time. There will be some days when you are going to miss the things that you did when you weren’t pregnant or feel cranky and sad for no reason at all. Let yourself feel all the emotions – both good and bad – and don’t feel guilty about feeling down or blue from time to time.

If you notice that you are feeling sad most days or you are having trouble controlling your emotions, Vecino is here to help. To make an appointment with one of our counselors, call 713-674-3326.

Myth about pregnancy #3: Pregnant women should avoid having sex

It is not true that pregnant women should avoid having sex. It is safe to have sex during all three trimesters of your pregnancy as long as you feel comfortable doing it and your doctor hasn’t advised against it.

However, you could still get a sexually transmitted infection (STI) when you are pregnant. An STI during pregnancy can be very dangerous for you and your baby. Even if you have been tested for STIs in the past, you should get tested again when you find out you are pregnant.

These are some ways you can reduce your risk of an STI:

  • Have sex only with a long-term monogamous partner who has been tested for STIs
  • Use condoms and dams regularly
  • Don’t use drugs or alcohol – using drugs or alcohol during pregnancy can harm your baby and put you at a greater risk of engaging in unsafe sex.

Myth about pregnancy #4: Prenatal vitamins are not necessary

All women, regardless of their age, race, or number of pregnancies, should take prenatal vitamins to make sure their baby gets a healthy start. To prevent severe birth defects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid for all women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Most prenatal multivitamins have the recommended dosage of folic acid and other essential vitamins and minerals for your baby’s development.

Get a free Baby Basics Kit or children’s book with your infant or toddler’s check up!

Call 713-674-3326 to make an appointment today!

Get your free Baby Basics Kit or children’s book at every Well Check Exam for infants and toddlers up to age 3 at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic.

 

Free kits and books available only through December 31, 2019. 

Schedule Well Checks for your children at these ages:

  • newborn (before 5 days old)
  • 2 weeks
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years (24 months)
  • 2-1/2 years (30 months)
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
  • 5 years
  • Older children: once a year.

What happens at a Well Check Exam?

Each check up is different for your child’s specific age and includes all the medical screenings, vaccinations (shots) and laboratory tests recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Every Well Check include a head-to-toe examination of your child. You can talk to your doctor about your child’s development, learning and social behaviors.

Ask questions about your child’s development

You might be concerned about your child’s eating, sleep, or behavior. Well Checks are a good time to ask questions of your doctor about your child.

Vecino Health Centers is a provider of Texas Health Steps and accepts Medicaid and most private insurance.

Taking your young children to the doctor is just as important when they are healthy as when they are sick.

Doctors at Vecino Health Centers will help you give your baby a healthy start in life with Well Check (Examen de Pasos Sanos) exams that include immunizations and tests that are just right for each unique stage of your child’s development.

All Well Checks are covered by Medicaid and most private insurance. That means there is no charge to you in most cases!

Call 713-695-4013

Make a Well Check appointment for your child today!

Well Checks are covered by Medicaid and most private insurance plans. That means there is no charge to you in most cases.

Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic is growing

Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic is bigger and better than ever! In August 2019, we finished construction on an expasion that includes seven new exam rooms, larger counseling offices and more. This new section of the clinic is now open to patients. 

“We are really excited about the new space,” says Dr. Enjoli Benitez, Vecino’s chief medical officer. “We can see more patients and have more specialists available right at the clinic.” 

Many doctors under one roof 

Denver Harbor Family Clinic already offers appointments with many different doctors, including medical, dental, counseling. Patients can also receive different types of specialty care, including management of diabetes and high blood pressure and treatment at dysplasia at the neighborhood clinic.

We want patients to be able to get most of the care they need right at Vecino. The new, larger space helps us with this goal.

Vecino is proud to be the home of Methodist Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program. That means the primary care doctors treating our patients are graduates of one of the finest medical schools in the country.

New patients are welcome; open evenings!

To schedule medical, dental or counseling appointments at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic, just call 713-674-3326. Same day appointments may be available.

The clinic is open until 8 pm Mondays through Thursdays. Parking is free. You’ll find us in the Denver Harbor community just off I-10.

Vecino's Denver Harbor Family Clinic

424 Hahlo Street, Houston Texas 77020

Leadership Spotlight: Chief Medical Officer Dr. Enjoli Benitez

“At Vecino, we work to promote a healthy lifestyle not just with our patients, but in the community through advocacy. I hope to expand this even more. This is my community — I want to see it thrive.” – Dr. Enjoli Benitez

With roots at Vecino Health Centers and in the Denver Harbor community, Dr. Benitez takes her role to heart. 

As Vecino’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Enjoli Benitez is an advocate not only for patients, but also for her own community. As a longtime resident of Houston, and of the Denver Harbor neighborhood, she takes this role to heart.

“I feel very connected to this community,” says Dr. Benitez. “I want to make sure it is a place where people can come see a good doctor. I want people to know there is a great clinic right around the corner.”

Vecino is committed to quality

This commitment to quality at Vecino is something Dr. Benitez knows well. She began her medical career as a resident in the Houston Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, housed at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic. When it came time to take a position as attending physician, she decided to stay.

“Truly, Vecino’s call to quality drew me to stay on as staff. That’s what motivates me” says Benitez. “Patients aren’t just a number here. They are seen as whole people.”

Dedication to family medicine

Since 2013, Dr. Benitez served as attending physician at Denver Harbor Family Clinic, Faculty Physician at The Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Texas A&M. In 2017, she received a prestigious New Faculty Scholar award from the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine. She also holds a Masters in Public Health with a focus on community medicine.

Focus is on improving health for all

In her role, Dr. Benitez is responsible for the quality of medical care within the entire Vecino organization. She is passionate about continuing the culture of quality at Vecino and working to ensure patients receive a complete service.

With her roots firmly planted at Vecino, Dr. Benitez knows well the needs of patients and of the greater community of Houston. She hopes to use this knowledge to help shape the health of this community.

Well Check Exams: 2 reasons to bring your healthy child to the doctor

When your child is sick with the flu or a broken bone, one of the first things you do is bring them to the doctor. But did you know it is just as important to bring your child to the doctor when they are healthy? 

Schedule a Well Check for your child today!

Call 713-674-3326

Your child’s Well Check Exam is a great time to ask the doctor about all of the little questions that come up during the year, even if your child is mostly healthy. Here are three reasons why:

Reason #1: No question is too small for a Well Check Exam

You probably have lots of questions about the “little things” going on with your child. How can I get my child to sleep better? Is my child overweight? My child isn’t doing well in school, is there something wrong?

But it is hard to remember all of these questions when you come to the clinic with a sick child.

A Well Check is meant to be a low-stress time to check in with the doctor about any concerns for your child, big and small. It is also a chance to make sure your child is healthy and growing as expected.

Reason #2: Well Check Exams are paid by Medicaid and other insurance

Medicaid and other health insurance pays for regular well checks. That means there is no charge to families.

Don’t miss out on the free backpacks with school supplies! Call today to schedule Well Check Exams for your children. Available with appointments between June 24 and August 9 at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Clinic: 713-674-3326 and Vecino’s Airline Children’s Clinic: 713-695-4013.

 

Welcome Dr. Zeerak A. Qureshi

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Zeerak A. Qureshi to the primary care team at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic.

Dr. Qureshi completed her residency at Southern Illinois University – Decatur and attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, where she was active in the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). She is fluent in Urdu/Hindi.

“I’m thrilled to join Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic,” says Dr. Qureshi. “Working with underserved communities was an important part of my medical training, and I will get to continue that work at Vecino.”

An Interest in Elder Care and Diabetes Education for Underserved Populations

Dr. Qureshi’s professional and research interests include elder care and patient education for diabetes and hypertension. During medical school, she was active in initiatives to increase patient screenings and education for underserved populations in St. Maarten. Currently, Dr. Qureshi is completing a research project examining whether physician education increases HPV vaccination rates.

“Dr. Qureshi will add a strong and stable presence to the team at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic,” says Daniel Montez, CEO of Vecino Health Centers. “Patients will appreciate her expertise in all aspects of family health care, as well as her warm and caring manner.”