Appointment Line: (281) 885-4630
Appointments preferred but walk-ins are welcome.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed for Lunch: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
After hours please call the UT Nurse Hotline at (713) 486-8876
NAM's Pediatric Health Center has been serving the community for nearly 25 years and offers high-quality medical care to children of all ages. NAM’s Pediatric Health Center is a value based health center and not a volume based health center. Your health and wellness are important to us. Please make an appointment for a consultation with our board certified physicians and nurse practitioners. The center provides a full range of services, from preventative care to acute care.
The center consists of a unique partnership between NAM and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). While providing excellent care for its patients, the center also serves as a training facility for UTHealth Science Center students, as well as students attending other local universities and community colleges.
We accept most insurance plans, including Medicaid, CHIP and Superior. Families without insurance can purchase a three (3) visit club card for $100 or pay a sliding scale fee. High-quality, combined with affordability, places NAM's Pediatric Health Center among Houston's top-choice providers of pediatric care. Please contact the clinic for more information or to make an appointment. Ask our specialized clinic staff about applying for a Gold Card through Harris Health System if you do not have health insurance.
FREE Flu Vaccinations for Adults
On Friday, October 25, 2019, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinic will be at NAM in the parking lot administering FREE flu vaccinations for adults. No appointment is needed. Come inside NAM to sign-in.
CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare Mobile Clinics travel to various locations and provide free services to help you maintain or improve your health. The mobile clinics are staffed by experienced and compassionate healthcare professionals and provide screening and preventative services for adults.
For more information, call 281-885-4630 or click here.
Vaping Educational Video
That’s why Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) Pediatric Health Center produced, Vaping & E-Cigarettes: An Unprecedented Epidemic in Kids and Teens. This 20-minute video is an eye-opening look into the epidemic of vaping among adolescents and can be a great tool to use in classrooms, for instructors/counselors and parents to teach children the dangers of vaping.
The significant rise in e-cigarette use among the student population has resulted in an increase in overall tobacco product use. This is a cause for concern because tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, and because nearly all tobacco products contain nicotine. As adolescent brains are still developing, nicotine exposure during youth and young adulthood can change the way the brain works, leading to a lifetime of addiction and, in some cases, causing long-lasting effects such as increased impulsivity and mood disorders.
Center of Excellence for Foster Care by Superior Health Plan and DFPS
Primary and Urgent Care for children in foster or kinship care. We follow the 3 and 30 rule and offer a comprehensive integrated continuum of care with our collaboration with Harris County Center of Excellence in Foster Care located at Chimney Rock,De Pelchin Counseling Centers and Arrow Child and Family Ministries. Collaboratively we offer primary healthcare, preventative healthcare, behavioral healthcare and dental healthcare to children in foster or kinship care. Updates from the legislation on foster care and kinship care.
Healthy Eating and Active Living Four Sessions on Healthy Eating and Active Living. We offer four sessions on a monthly basis on Healthy Eating and Active Living. Session One – What is HEAL? Session Two –What is on your plate? (Nutrition Education with The Houston Food Bank); Session Three – Emotional Eating Due to Stress - recognizing and managing stress; Session Four – Are you leading an active lifestyle? (Physical Activity with Vortex Sports Academy in Spring, TX - provides interactive Martial Arts demonstration once a month).
Healthy Family Movement
Join the HFM coalition for policy advocacy and to learn about hosting monthly H.E.A.L. sessions at your apartment, office, congregation or school. Our mission and vision is to build healthful communities by increasing awareness of social and medical resources for communities to address social determinants of health and wellness. Our goals : 1. To increase awareness about available resources through health literacy and community collaborations. 2. To increase access to healthful foods by advocating for farm to table resources. 3. To build active communities by increasing community engagement and family recreational areas in apartments. Our HFM partners are: Klein ISD, Spring ISD, NAM Congregations, Loam Agronomics Farm, 24 Hour Fitness, UT Health Science Center and UT Physicians, Harris County Public Library, American Lung Association in Texas, Texas Pediatric Society, Interface Samaritan Counseling Centers, De Pelchin Counseling Centers, UT Welnity, Avenue 360, Community Health Choice, Change Happens, Walgreens, Sea Smiles Dental, NAM Programs and Services and Karya Property Management, Cities Changing Diabetes, Houston Food Bank. As Mahatma Gandhi once said “Be the change you want to see”; Please join us in our quest to build healthful communities.
Healthy Eating Active Living Toolkit
NAM's Pediatric Health Center is committed to assisting families in living healthy lifestyles. We believe that healthy eating, being physically active, getting a good night's rest and managing stress all have critical impacts on a child's growth and development. Therefore, we created a toolkit by using resources from British Columbia Mental Health Commission of Canada, to help your family live a healthy lifestyle.
Social Determinants of Health Case Management
We understand that sometimes life can happen. If your children are registered with NAM’s Pediatric Health Center then please let us know if you need support with rent, mortgage, utilities, legal matters, furniture, ESL courses, connecting with area congregations for social engagement and support, vocational and skill building courses, food, prescription assistance, medical equipment, baby formula, diapers, clothing, household supplies, Etc. Our specialized community health worker will establish a detailed plan of action for you and get you the support you need to provide a healthy lifestyle for you children. To learn more, register your children with NAM’s Pediatric Health Center for Primary, Preventative and Urgent Health Care and for us to support you in an integrated and comprehensive manner.
Behavioral Health Program
In collaboration with Interface Samaritan Counseling Centers, NAM’s Pediatric Health Centers offers in person Psychiatry sessions and Tele-Psychiatry sessions. We prefer our pediatricians to complete a comprehensive assessment for your child prior to referring the child to the behavioral health program. Through our collaboration we are able to offer psychiatry and counseling services to the children registered with NAM’s PHC and to their families as well if need be.
Medical Case Management
We care about the health and wellness of your child and sometimes we need to get physicians from other specialty’s involved in caring for your child. Our medical case management program offers a specialized plan of care based on referrals to specialists within the capacity of your health insurance. If you do not have health insurance then please don’t worry, our case manager will guide you to the right specialists and get your child quality care.
In collaboration with Community Health Choice and Change Happens we offer healthcare navigation for families at NAM’s PHC twice a week. Please contact the clinic for more information or to make an appointment. Ask our specialized clinic staff about applying for a Gold Card through Harris Health System if you do not have health insurance. We will be happy to help you and we continue to advocate for access to quality healthcare for all.
Adult Health Screenings
In collaboration with Christus Health Foundation’s Healthy Family Mobile Unit we offer free health screenings or well women exams once a month at NAM. Please check the events calendar or schedule for the dates and details. Your health is important to us and preventive healthcare keeps you on the path of health and wellness.
More than six million children in America have asthma. It is the most common long-term lung disease in children in the United States. Young children, school-age children, and teenagers can have asthma. Asthma affects boys and girls of every race from all parts of the world. More children receive treatment for asthma than ever before.
Children with asthma can live and lead normal lives. Managing asthma is the key. The goal is control.
Just before school starts each year the center offers Shot Blitz, a low-cost vaccination program that provides immunizations to uninsured and Medicaid patients.
Honors and Awards
NAM's Pediatric Health Center received the Quality Award for Excellence from 2013-2015 in four domains of quality: Well Child Care, Adolescent Well Care, Treatment of Respiratory Illness, and Asthma.
In March 2018, the health center was recognized by Superior HealthPlan as a Center of Excellence for Foster Care.
In addition, Dr. Lisa de Ybarrondo, a pediatrician at NAM’s Pediatric Health Center, was awarded the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas Medical School for excelling in their teaching of medical students.
Lisa de Ybarrondo, MD
Associate Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston
Education & Background
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Patricia Dark, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Patricia Dark is the Nurse Practitioner at NAM's Pediatric Health Center. She comes to NAM from Huntsville Memorial Hospital where she cared for underserved patients in a rural clinic setting. She obtained her Masters in Nursing from Walden University and trained in South Carolina. She was an emergency room registered nurse for nearly a decade and has worked in various emergency rooms across the U.S. as a travel nurse.
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