Houston Forward Times

02 July 2014 Written by  Forward Times Staff

LEGACY COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES NAMES NATIVE HOUSTONIAN, ANN BARNES, M.D., AS NEW CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Legacy Community Health Services announces the addition of native Houstonian, Dr. Ann Barnes, to its leadership team as chief medical officer. Dr. Barnes will begin her transition to Legacy on July 1 and will formally join the agency on September 1. 

"I believe Legacy exemplifies what it means to provide top quality, comprehensive care for all," said Dr. Barnes. "I feel fortunate to support the mission and the communities Legacy serves."  Prior to joining the executive staff, Dr. Barnes served as director of weight management services and disease prevention, Harris Health System, where she oversaw a multidisciplinary adult weight management clinic.  Academically, she is associate professor of internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine where she established a national African American Weight Control Registry to identify and learn about African American adults and successful long term weight loss. She is also adjunct professor of sociology at Rice University. 

Outside of her professional work, Dr. Barnes is quite active in the community and serves on many committees and boards.  She is a member of the Health Equity Leadership Committee for the American Heart Association and supported the Patient Centered Medical Home Workgroup for Harris Health System around the issues of obesity.  Currently, she is also chair of the executive committee of Healthy Living Matters, a Houston childhood obesity collaborative designed to identify policy strategies to promote healthy lifestyles in children.

 "Legacy is honored to have Dr. Barnes on board. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that is critical for our Agency’s continued success in the community," said Katy Caldwell, executive director, Legacy Community Health Services." Dr. Barnes is a thought leader and is creative and strategic in her approach to health care and wellness."

Among her many achievements, Dr. Barnes is a former recipient of the Innovation Champion award, presented by Harris Health System Department of Innovation, for implementing clinic based farmer’s markets to improve patient, staff and community health.  

Dr. Barnes was born in Houston’s historic Fifth Ward at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. After relocating to Northwest Houston after middle school, she then attended and graduated from Klein Forest High School.  After high school, she went on to earn an undergraduate degree from Yale College, medical degree from Harvard Medical School and masters of public health, health promotions and education from the University of Texas.  In her spare time, Dr. Barnes enjoys writing short fiction stories, biking and cooking. She has been married to Matthew Barnes for 15 years and together they have three children: Benjamin, Olivia and Elizabeth. 

Legacy Community Health Services Legacy is a full service, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that identifies unmet needs and gaps in health related services and develops client centered programs to address those needs.