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Mental health is just as important as medical care for underserved communities, and CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic is seeing a greater demand for mental health services among its patients. “Mental health has not been a major focus previously in low-income communities,” said Richard Torres, CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare President. “COVID-19 has made it more of…

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By Sister Rosanne Popp, M.D. Medical Director, CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic We hear in the news daily about the courage, endurance and dedication of front line health care workers who are battling daily to save patients’ lives during this pandemic. Indeed they are the heroes of the COVID war. What is it like to be…

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Recently, a 12-year-old girl came into CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic with skin lesions on her face. While not large or disfiguring, she wanted to know if Dr. Popp and her team could help her get rid of them before she went back to school. She was concerned the kids to make fun of her or…

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Maegan Ford loves community service.  A recent graduate who received her high school diploma from Spring Early College Academy concurrently with an Associates Degree in Science from Lone Star College, Ford has contributed over 125 hours to Houston-based programs. Through a recent young women’s leadership conference, Ford learned about a Take Action Challenge to benefit…

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by Sister Rosanne Popp, M.D., CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic Recently, a man in his sixties showed up at the clinic for treatment of the sore on his foot. He was a diabetic, who had been untreated for many years. Almost homeless, a friend gives him shelter, and they share food (what there is of it). He…

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