Clinic facilities

Opening of a clinic for the Houston community in Health 2

Juana Garcia / The Cougar

A new clinic has opened at Health 2, providing access to health care for people inside and outside the UH community.

The UH Family Health Care Center is served by physicians from the Tilman J. Fertitta Family Medical College and allows students to further develop their clinical skills. Specialists range from licensed clinical psychologists to family physicians.

The center accepts most major insurance and Medicare plans and has a discount program for those without health insurance.

Regardless of patient status at UH, all patients must either complete the web form if new or log in via the gate if they are established.

Dr. Brian Reed, a practicing family physician and director of the medical college’s clinical sciences department, hopes the clinic will become a used resource in and around the Third Ward.

“We are able to develop treatment plans that not only address the physical health, but also the mental well-being of patients who access the UH Family Care Center,” Reed said.

The center aims for them to soon be a reliable resource for those at UH and throughout Third Ward, with students, staff, and faculty able to come in for a quick checkup between classes.

Second-year medical student Carolina Venturi stresses the importance of community and connecting with patients, mentioning asking patients for their pronouns and being aware of places that accept food stamps.

“I think health care is a right, not a privilege,” Venturi said. “I think we should all have the ability to be as healthy as possible and really no other medical school focuses on these themes.”

Venturi’s love of healthcare came after her younger sister dealt with a health issue, later finding she aligned with UH’s mission.

“When I applied, the mission was compassionate care serving underserved populations,” Venturi said.

After receiving approval from patients, students can observe doctors and develop their clinical skills.

Full FAQ sheet on the clinic’s website has information on bilingual services and how to make an appointment.

“I’m glad we’re not just talking, but taking action,” Reed said.

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