Local Foundation Funds Program to Help Ensure STI Testing is Available in Stanislaus and Merced Counties

Legacy Health Endowment (LHE) has teamed up with Turlock Pregnancy and Health Center (TPHC), a faith-based nonprofit free clinic, to fund a critical program to help people in need access free testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI).

With a $100,000 grant from LHE, TPHC is launching a free STI program to help ensure that pregnant moms, women, and men know that free testing and treatment are available through TPHC.  The program is confidential.

The LHE funds will be used to underwrite the cost of buying the STI tests, including the costs of blood analysis and medication, where needed, if the person does not have prescription drug insurance.

Jeffrey Lewis, President and CEO of LHE said, “Sexually Transmitted Infections are on the rise in Stanislaus County and across the U.S.  While we thought Syphilis was eradicated ten years ago, there are now more reported cases.  We have a public health responsibility to help our community know that TPHC is a confidential source focused solely on providing excellent, free care to the patient.”

Tracey Benton, Acting Executive Director of the Turlock Pregnancy and Health Center said, “We are excited about the opportunity to work with Legacy Health Endowment (LHE).  They bring a great healthcare vision and insight to our community.  This STI program will help so many understand that local medical testing is available and free.  Our goal is to meet patients at their point of need, and educate them to be proactive in their sexual health.”

“We are partnering with TPHC because they bring great value to our community every day.  They underscore the value of working with faith-based programs that focus on the person, caring for them and helping.  What an incredible partner,” said Jeffrey Lewis, President and CEO of LHE.