Avenue 360 Health & Wellness offers low-cost primary care services to Humble community

Avenue 360 staff includes (from left) Elida Benavidez, Bettina Raju, Micki Schmidt, Maria Marquez and Dayesha Guidry. (Courtesy Avenue 360 Health & Wellness)
Avenue 360 staff includes (from left) Elida Benavidez, Bettina Raju, Micki Schmidt, Maria Marquez and Dayesha Guidry. (Courtesy Avenue 360 Health & Wellness)

Avenue 360 staff includes (from left) Elida Benavidez, Bettina Raju, Micki Schmidt, Maria Marquez and Dayesha Guidry. (Courtesy Avenue 360 Health & Wellness)

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Avenue 360 Health & Wellness was founded in 1998 as Houston Area Community Services to treat HIV patients in the Houston area.

In the last several years, however, the clinic’s mission has changed to offering low-cost primary care services, including dental, pediatrics, behavioral health, cardiology and women’s health.

Regional Medical Director Dr. Therese Obioha said Avenue 360 stands out from other clinics through the relationship physicians build with their patients as well as being a one-stop-shop for medical care as well as pharmacy needs.

"Patients entrust us with caring for their families, and I feel that relationship is invaluable to build that trust, because that goes straight into the community as well," she said.

Avenue 360’s Humble clinic, which opened in June 2018, is one of seven in the Greater Houston area. About 50% of all Humble patients are uninsured, Vice President of Communications Kevin Nix said. To help such patients, the clinics offer services on a sliding income scale, he said.


Nix said the company is expecting the percentage of uninsured patients to increase in the coming months due to the coronavirus. With Texas Workforce Commission data showing unemployment numbers rising the Humble area, Nix said the clinic will likely follow the statewide trend.

“Obviously, with 1.3 million people statewide newly unemployed, some of whom have lost their health insurance, that rate appears to be going up statewide,” he said.

Nix said Avenue 360 also launched its telelemedicine initiative in March—several months earlier than planned due to the virus.

“Some patients are utilizing our telehealth services,” he said. “Our doctors, nurses, and therapists can treat many primary and mental health care needs by phone or online video.”

Additional reporting by Adriana Rezal

Avenue 360 Health & Wellness

9816 Memorial Blvd., Ste. 120, Humble

281-570-2525

www.avenue360.org

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sat.-Sun.
By Kelly Schafler

Editor, Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.



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