Postponed – Nutrition class series scheduled to start March 26th is postponed

Spring nutrition class postponed

In light of safety concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Nutrition Class series at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Clinic, scheduled to start on March 26th, has been postponed indefinitely.

We are committed to keeping our patients, neighbors and their families safe.

We look forward to rescheduling the series as soon as possible. If you’d like to be notified when the new dates are set, please provide your email address below.

Healthy recipes available online

In the meantime, there are many for healthy meals from the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, including a video on how to make a “Berry Good Pizza.”

I'm interested in future free nutrition classes

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Call Margarita Reyes at 713-343-5509 for more information.

Learn to make small changes and get big results

You’re invited to Nutrition Class Series at Vecino Health Centers!

Join us, it’s FREE and lots of fun. Let’s exercise together and learn how to cook healthy food that tastes great!

You’ll get free books, cooking recipes and more!

Many people enjoy the classes so much they sign-up again, so don’t wait to reserve your spot by calling Mrs. Margarita Reyes at 713-343-5509.

This series of classes is provided by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and will be presented in Spanish. 

If you are interested in taking the classes in English, please let us know

The spring series is posponed due to the coronavirus. Future dates will be set as soon as possible.

Through the series you will explore how to:  

  • Cook more meals and snacks at home
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Be more active with your family
  • Reach and/or stay at a healthy weight
  • Save money on groceries
  • Control portion size
  • Have more energy
  • Keep food safe.

There is no charge to participate, it’s free!

For more information: Mrs. Margarita Reyes, 713-343-5509, or complete the form above.

Graduates of Spring 2019 Nutrition Class Series at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Clinic presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

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, busted!

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.

It’s not too late to get a flu shot!

As long as flu viruses are circulating, it is not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later.

There are three simple things we can all do to help prevent the flu. 

  1. Get a flu shot! Doctors recommend that anyone older than six months should get one. This includes pregnant women.
  2. Wash your hands often—and make sure your kids do, too. – It can be hard to keep little hands clean, but it’s so important during flu season. Help your kids wash their hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze – To help prevent the spread of germs, use a tissue, your sleeve, or your elbow to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid using your hand.

 

Getting your children in the habit of washing their hands with soap and water several times a day will help prevent colds and flu

What to do if you think someone in your family has the flu

Symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuff nose
  • Body aches
  • Headaches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

If think you or your children have the flu, make an appointment to see a doctor at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family clinic. This is especially important for pregnant women, young children, and people over 65.

And finally, if your doctor says you have the flu, take your medication and stay home! People are usually contagious for 24 hours after a fever is gone.

Schedule an appointment today at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic. Call: (713) 695-4013

We accept Medicaid, CHIP, and other insurance. Assistance is available for uninsured patients.

 

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

Important milestones for children ages 3-5

Children learn, change, and grow so much between three and five years old. As a parent, it’s normal to look at other children and wonder: “Is my child on track?” 

The good news is, you aren’t alone. 

Is my child on track?

During regular Well Check Exams, your pediatrician asks lots of questions about how your child plays, learns, speaks, and moves. This helps the doctor tell if your child is learning and growing as expected, or if she needs a little extra help. If your child needs extra help, your doctor will connect you with the services you need. 

Here are some of the things most children do between 3-5 years old.*

Look for these milestones by your child’s 3rd birthday

Copies adults and friends

Dresses and undresses self

Follows instructions with 2 or 3 steps

Can name most familiar things

Carries on a conversation using 2 to 3 sentences

Plays make-believe with dolls, animals, and people

Screws and unscrews jar lids or turns door handles

Climbs well

Walks up and down stairs, one foot on each step

Look for these milestones by your child’s 4th birthday

Talks about what he or she likes

Plays well with other children

Sings a short song from memory

Tells stories

Names some colors and some numbers

Uses scissors

Catches a bounced ball most of the time

Hops and stands on 1 foot up to 2 seconds

Look for these milestones by your child’s 5th birthday

Wants to please friends

Likes to sing, dance, and act

Tells a simple story using full sentences

Speaks clearly

Counts 10 or more things

Draws a person with at least 6 body parts

Uses a fork and spoon and sometimes a table knife

Hops; may be able to skip

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.”