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Here’s what we’re doing to protect our patients during coronavirus

With a longtime commitment to quality and compassionate health care, Avenue 360 provides a patient-centered experience that gets people well and keeps them well– no matter a patient’s income, background, or medical condition. Our patients’ health and safety is our number one priority. Here are the steps we’ve taken – and continue to take –during…

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Announcement letter from Dr. Esther Corrigan

Announcement letter from Dr. Esther Corrigan  This letter is to inform patients that my last day with Avenue 360 Health & Wellness will be June 5, 2020.  Avenue 360 Health and Wellness will continue to provide OB/GYN services at Heights (Main), South-Central, and SW Clinics with UTHealth providers. Patients may seek OB/GYN medical care from…

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Dr. Flash on Houston’s NPR: “It’s not all about coronavirus” when it comes to our health right now

On Wednesday, Dr. Charlene Flash, CEO of Avenue 360 Health and Wellness and infectious disease expert at Baylor College of Medicine, discussed the impact of the coronavirus on the Houston region’s health landscape on Houston Public Media. Excerpts from her discussion with Ernie Manouse on “Houston Matters,” the afternoon edition, follow. On all other diseases…

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Need to talk about substance use? Our virtual group counseling sessions are now open.

Avenue 360 Health and Wellness today unveiled a new virtual initiative to treat patients experiencing issues with substance use disorder. Licensed therapists hold group sessions online for patients 18 years and older twice a week through video technology. “It goes without saying that this is a time of great need when it comes to taking…

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To all patients: please read prior to your appointment

Avenue 360 continues to take safety precautions to stop the spread of the coronavirus. We will be taking your temperature outside of the clinic prior and asking several screening questions. Please arrive alone to your appointment. If you need assistance, one essential visitor can accompany you. We encourage you to follow Harris County guidelines around…

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The unique impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ+ community

In a matter of several weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a drastic impact on the way we interact with each other. With fear and unanswered questions, the world has been forced to take a deep look into the way our political and healthcare systems work.

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It’s Black Maternal Health Week

This week we celebrate #BlackMaternalHealthWeek! Our black mothers are three to four times more likely to succumb to pregnancy-related deaths than white mothers, according to the CDC. Avenue 360, along with our partner Healthy Women Houston are working to address the unequal access to health care coverage and quality services in their communities. Are you…

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Out of work and need affordable medical care?

From the comfort of your home, speak to an Avenue 360 doctor or nurse about primary or behavioral health care needs for you and your family. No insurance required. Speak to a primary care or behavioral health provider by phone or online video. We see those with insurance (private, Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP) and without insurance….

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One of our health care heroes during COVID-19

Today we want to take some time to recognize one of our own. Sayuri Uotani is a nurse practioner at our main campus in The Heights. She has stepped up and provided patients with COVID-19 tests (along with others on staff who will be featured in the coming weeks). Even for medical professionals like Sayuri…

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Please consider donating to protect those who protect you.

BY DR. CHARLENE FLASH, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF AVENUE 360 We at Avenue 360 Health and Wellness are here to provide quality, affordable healthcare to those who need it the most. Due to COVID- 19, we are investing in significant precautionary measures — including more personal protective equipment –to keep our doctors and medical staff…

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Dentistry remains open for emergency or urgent treatment

Avenue 360 Dentistry remains open as an essential business during the Harris County stay-at-home order. In accordance with the CDC guidelines, we are canceling all previously scheduled dental appointments at this time and will re-schedule them for a later time. But we continue to see those who need emergency or urgent treatment. Call us if…

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Avenue 360 Health System Moves to Telemedicine During COVID-19 Pandemic

Avenue 360 is transitioning from in-clinic-only primary care and behavioral health visits to a hybrid of in-person visits and telemedicine. The move is meant to help maintain access to care and reduce exposure to COVID-19. “In the ongoing effort to protect the Houston community from COVID-19, there is no better time to move most of…

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Telehealth Benefits in Medicare are a Lifeline for Patients During Coronavirus Outbreak

Article originally appeared on the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services website  Mar 09, 2020         Program’s benefits help patients access their provider without visiting the office The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a fact sheet with additional guidance for healthcare providers and patients about the telehealth benefits in the agency’s Medicare…

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To Keep Patients and Employees Safe, Avenue 360 Health System Temporarily Closes Spring Clinic

Avenue 360 Health and Wellness, a health system of 10 sites in Houston, has temporarily closed its Spring clinic out of an abundance of caution. The clinic is set to re-open early next week. The system’s CEO and infectious disease physician, Dr. Charlene Flash, sent the following note to clinical and administrative staff late Monday….

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Ways to manage coronavirus-induced anxiety

Diane Arms, Avenue 360’s Director of Behavioral Health, provides tips — including shutting off the news and getting off social media for a period of time each day— on managing the health and financial strain of the coronavirus. Avenue 360’s Director of Behavioral Health, Diane Arms, talks about the importance of mental health during the…

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Effective immediately: Avenue 360’s protocols to keep patients and staff safe from COVID-19

March 17, 2020 2:00 p.m./ Updated March 23, 2020 Avenue 360 Health and Wellness is taking extensive precautions to protect our patients and staff. We have identified isolation areas in our clinics for patients with symptoms of coronavirus. We are also utilizing outside spaces to screen and test for potential COVID-19 cases. We urge any…

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Today is World Social Work Day.

Today is World Social Work Day, and we want to thank our hard working social work team who day in and day out help confront some of the most challenging issues facing individuals, families, communities and forge solutions that help people reach their full potential. We hope to make the community a better place to…

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Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

Created March 9, 2020 | Photo: Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS What is the coronavirus? The coronavirus is a new respiratory illness transmitted most commonly from person to person. It spreads through the air when a person with the virus coughs or sneezes. It also can spread through contact with recently  contaminated objects like…

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January is National Thyroid Awareness Month

January is National Thyroid Awareness Month It’s a small part of the body – but kind of a big deal   January is Thyroid Awareness Month. Up to 20 million Americans have a thyroid condition — and up to 60 percent of them don’t know it.1 The thyroid can be either overactive or underactive. And both…

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Avenue 360 Health & Wellness Welcomes Dr. Charlene Flash as Incoming President and CEO

HOUSTON – Avenue 360 Health & Wellness (Avenue 360) today announces the appointment of Dr. Charlene Flash as President and CEO. Dr. Flash brings her experience as an executive leader, physician, educator, and researcher to her new role at the helm of Avenue 360’s network of health and health equity locations across the Greater Houston…

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Avenue 360 Board President Luis R. Torres, a Leading Researcher on Minority Health Disparities is Honored with the Humana Endowed Chair in Social Determinants of Health.

  The Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) is proud to announce Associate Dean of Research and Strategic Partnership Luis R. Torres has been named the Humana Endowed Chair in Social Determinants of Health beginning September 1, 2019.   The appointment comes as the result of a historic partnership between Humana, one of the nation’s…

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month

Say Cheese!   October is National Dental Hygiene Month. Fresh breath, strong teeth and healthy gums are all part of oral health. That’s why it’s important to brush every day, and also to get regular checkups and cleanings at the dentist’s office.   There are four basic steps to caring for teeth and gums: Brushing…

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Children’s Vaccinations

  Today, children in the United States routinely get vaccines that protect them from more than a dozen diseases such as measles, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Most of these diseases are now at their lowest levels in history, thanks to years of immunization. Children must get at least some vaccines before they may attend…

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Heat Exhaustion

With the summer temperatures soaring here in Houston, be aware of heat exhaustion symptoms.  Keep your family hydrated and cool. Heat exhaustion is a condition whose symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body overheating. It’s one of three heat-related syndromes, with heat cramps being the mildest and heatstroke…

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July is National Hepatitis Awareness Month

  Hepatitis refers to an inflammation of the liver cells and damage to the liver. There are different types and causes, but the symptoms can be similar. The liver’s functions include detoxifying the blood, storing vitamins, and producing hormones. Hepatitis can disrupt these processes and create severe health problems throughout the body. At least five viruses…

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Mental Health Awareness

  Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Over the course of your life, if you…

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May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Celiac disease is an immune disease in which people can’t eat gluten because it will damage their small intestine. If you have celiac disease and eat foods with gluten, your immune system responds by damaging the small intestine. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It may also be in other products…

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Advocacy Day

  Health Promotions Specialist, Joseph Castillo, and Dennis Kelly, Resident Care Assistant joined other community based organizations, Federally Qualified Health Centers and key stakeholders in Austin, TX on March 20th for ‘HIV Advocacy Day’. The team was able to sit in the House Chamber with Governor Dan Patric and be recognized as Houston Texas’ representatives…

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Prevention Conference

  Director of Health Promotions, Oscar Perez, attended the 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference where he was able to to be part of a panel discussion on the importance of integrating Community Health Workers into HIV Care and Prevention Services. Mr. Perez highlighted on the importance of aligning systems and processes with community partners to…

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March 10 National Women and Girls HIV/Aids Awareness Day

    Every year on March 10 — and throughout the month of March — local, state, federal, and national organizations come together to show support for women and girls impacted by HIV and AIDS. National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) sheds light on the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and…

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HPD Community Safety Presentation

  Many thanks go out to the Houston Police Department for the Community Safety Presentation for our Outreach Team at our South Central location!

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March is National Nutrition Month

  The purpose of nutrition month is to help the public become aware of the importance of good nutrition and a healthful eating plan. Here we have assembled the materials that allow you to learn the importance of a nutrient-dense diet that promotes health. Individuals can do that by being aware of how to eat a balanced…

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HWH-Healthy Women Houston

  A coalition of health organizations launched an initiative Friday to combat maternal mortality and morbidity in the Third Ward and Sunnyside, areas where women die after giving birth at much higher rates than compared to other parts of Harris County. Healthy Women Houston members said that making sure women READ MORE

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Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

  If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or…

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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.  It is an effort to raise awareness of the causes, and impacts of birth defects. Not all birth defects can be prevented. But you can increase your chances of having a healthy baby by managing health conditions and by adopting healthy behaviors before and during pregnancy. Taking care…

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Homelessness in Houston

  Homeless people are scattered across greater Houston, often in inconspicuous settings that arouse only passing attention: A man sleeps on a downtown sidewalk. A woman and child crouch in the shadows of an abandoned suburban strip center.  Tent cities pop up under freeway overpasses.  You’ve likely noticed it on your commute to work and even…

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Transgender Day of Remembrance- November 20, 2018

  Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. You can read more about the Transgender Day of Remembrance below, and find out how you can participate. Additionally, during the week of November 13-19, people and…

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U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week November 12-18, 2018

The United States Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW) is an annual observance that highlights the steps everyone can take to improve antibiotic prescribing and use. Antibiotics save lives and are critical tools for treating a number of common and more serious infections, like those that can lead to sepsis. However, at least 30% of the antibiotics…

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World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day- December 1, 2018–  World AIDS Day is a day for all of us worldwide to unite and fight against HIV, to support those living with HIV and to remember those who have died from AIDS.  World AIDS Day was founded in 1988 and was the first ever “global” health day.  Government and health…

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Avenue 360 Receives the Spirit of Collaberation Award

The Avenue 360 Health & Wellness Housing Department received a Spirit of Collaboration Award at the 2018 Homeless Day Awards Reception held on October 10, at The Ballroom at Bayou Place in Downtown Houston.  This award was presented to homeless service provider agencies who participated in Mayor Sylvester Turner’s 2017 challenge to have 500 chronically…

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

  Domestic Violence Awareness Month With so much focus on Breast Cancer Awareness in October, it is also important to acknowledge Domestic Violence Awareness in October and remember that every 9 seconds a woman in the U.S. is beaten or assaulted by a current or ex-significant other.  The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women…

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Mental Illness Awareness Week

The first full week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Nearly one in five American adults are diagnosed with a mental illness each year.  Mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers and 13% of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach…

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.   The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram –…

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October is National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month.

    October is National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month.  Sudden Death Syndrome or SIDS, is an unexplained death occurring during sleep of an otherwise healthy infant under 1 year of age.  SIDS is also known as crib death since infants die in their crib. Although the cause is unknown, it appears that SIDS might be…

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Family Health and Fitness Day

Family Health and Fitness Day falls on the last Saturday of every September.  The purpose of this day is to promote physical activity for families and to start creating healthy habits.  On this nationally recognized day, organizations throughout the country will host family-related health and fitness events in parks, schools, malls, health centers, hospitals and…

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HISD’s Homeless Education Office‘s Back to School Extravaganza

  Avenue 360 Health and Wellness and HISD’s Back to School Extravaganza. Avenue 360 Health and Wellness was  at HISD’s Homeless Education Office‘s Back to School Extravaganza helping students get ready for the 2018-2019 school year. We offered free glucose + blood pressure screenings, and vaccinations. The event was held August 17, 2018 from 9…

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Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony South Central Location

The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of our South Central Facility was a huge success! We would like to express our sincerest gratitude for those who came out and supported us! Guests included were Mayor Sylvester Turner, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Senator Borris Miles, State Representative Shawn Thierry, Reverend Paul Giddings and…

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Childhood Immunizations Schedule

Many of us know our children need immunizations, but many of us do not know at what ages the vaccines are needed.  Immunizations prevent serious diseases and spreading those diseases to others. Doctor’s have found that due to Children’s immune system that vaccines will work best when they are given at certain ages of your…

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National Health Center Week

National Health Center Week (August 12th- 18th) is an annual celebration recognizing and celebrating the important work of health centers to protect and promote the health of America. Health centers serve 27 million patients a number that continues to grow along with the demand for affordable primary care. Heath Center Week Celebrates the thousands of…

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Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke?

Heat exhaustion is a result of your body overheating. The summer months in the Houston heat, we all need to be aware of the symptoms of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stoke.  Heat Exhaustion is one of three heat-related syndromes that we can suffer from.  Heat Cramps are among the mildest and Heat Stroke is the most severe….

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Houston’s growth making homeless problem more visible, but advocates say it’s getting better

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) ABC 13– You’ve likely noticed it on your commute to work and even on the edges of your neighborhood. Encampments of tents, cardboard boxes, and strewn sleeping bags can be seen under freeways, in parks, and sometimes steps away from residential properties. To some, Houston’s homeless problem is heartbreaking. “I think the…

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Basic First Aid Kit

Summer is when our children are home from school and while playing,  are bound to get a scrape or cut.  When it happens do you know the proper care?  Do you have a first aid kit in your home?  Here are some tips for a well-stocked first aid kit and how to handle those scrapes…

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Congenital Cytomegalovirus – CMV

What you need to know about Congenital Cytomegalovirus What is Congenital Cytomegalovirus? Medical News Today states, Cytomegalovirus is a common herpes virus. Many people do not know they have it, because they may have no symptoms of herpes. But the virus, which remains dormant in the body, can cause complications during pregnancy and for people with…

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June Is Men’s Health Month-10 Vital Health Tests for Men

  Did you know there was a month entirely dedicated to raising awareness for issues impacting the health and wellness of men and boys? The month also coincides with Men’s Health Week (June 11-17), a special awareness period created by Congress, and the #ShowUsYourBlue campaign on June 16 where men and women are encouraged to wear…

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June Marks Men’s Health Month-Prostate Cancer

  Men’s Health Month is an opportunity to increase awareness of issues impacting the health and wellness of men, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, skin cancer, heart disease, colon cancer and hypertension. Prostate Cancer Prostate Cancer is one of the most common cancers in men.  1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer…

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Mental Health Signs, Myths and Facts

What is Mental Health? Mental health is our condition in regards to our psychological, social and emotional well-being.  Our mental health is all about how we think, feel and behave.  The term “mental health” is also used to mean the absence of a mental disorder. Early Warning Signs According to MentalHealth.gov  if you or a loved one…

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Healthy Eyes Month

  Do you want to keep your eyes healthy?  Having a comprehensive dilated eye exam is one of the best things you can do for your vision.  If it has been a while since you have had one or if you have never had one, it may be time.   What is a comprehensive dilated eye…

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May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

Get Your FREE How to Be a Skin Cancer Hero Infographic Here     The information contained in this Avenue 360 Website is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment, and Avenue 360 recommends consultation with your Avenue 360 doctor or health care professional.

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day.    Hepatitis B According to Health and Human Services HHS.gov, in the United States, an estimated 850,000 – 2.2 million persons are chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus. New cases of HBV infection…

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Stroke and the UT Stomp Out Stroke Festival

Stroke U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health states, each year more than 140,000 people die from a stroke in the United States alone.  Stroke leads all others in long-term disability in the U.S.  Each year approximately 795,000 people will suffer from a stroke and of those 600,000 are first attacks. Approximately ¼ occur…

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What is Sepsis?

CDC Center for Disease Control states Sepsis is an infection and those with chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk. Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is life-threatening, and without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Each year in the U.S., more than…

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Roberto Is Back

    Roberto is back and Avenue 360 Health and Wellness was there to help. Great uncertainty surrounds health care as we approach 2018. What is certain is that Avenue 360 will be there to help those who do not have access to health care. With your support, we can help people like Roberto who…

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Project CORE to develop best practices for improved health outcomes in treating and preventing HIV in the Southern U.S.

Three-year collaboration between Avenue 360, AIDS Foundation Houston and UH Graduate College of Social Work will develop a “Southern Approach” to HIV services HOUSTON, TX — AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH), Avenue 360 Health & Wellness and the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) have been awarded one of ten U.S. Health…

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Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) selects Avenue 360 Health & Wellness along with AIDS Foundation Houston and the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work to improve HIV health outcomes through Supportive Employment and Housing Services

Houston, TX, September 28, 2017 – HRSA awarded ten (10) grants of up to $300,000 each per year for three years to support the design, implementation, and evaluation of innovative interventions that will coordinate HIV treatment, housing, and employment services to improve HIV health outcomes for low-income, uninsured, and underinsured people living with HIV (PLWH)…

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NACCHO and CAI Select Avenue 360 Health & Wellness and AIDS Foundation Houston for the Southern Initiative to Address Disparities in HIV Outcomes Among Minority Populations in the South

Houston, TX, April 25, 2017 – The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in partnership with Cicatelli Associates, Inc. (CAI), is proud to announce the selection of Avenue 360 Health & Wellness and AIDS Foundation Houston for the Southern Initiative, a project which aims to improve HIV outcomes among minority populations in…

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