July 16, 2010
Operation Lone Star will offer free health clinics during its annual two-week
effort to provide health services to people in South Texas.
Services include health screenings and treatments, immunizations, physicals
for students, hearing and vision exams, and limited dental care. Last year
Operation Lone Star provided medical services to more than 12,000 residents.
“This is one-stop opportunity for people in need to get free medical care and
learn more about health services offered in Texas,” said Dr. David Lakey, DSHS
commissioner. “For some, this is the only time they’ll see a doctor all year.
It’s an opportunity for us to provide treatment and talk to people about
prevention and wellness.”
The six-county effort is a joint project of state health and human services
agencies, Texas State Guard, Army and Air National Guard, local health
departments, local services groups and schools, and civilian volunteers.
Operation Lone Star also serves as a way for state and local officials to train
for a medical emergency. Setting up the two-week, multi-site clinics becomes a
real-time exercise on how to respond to a public health crisis.
Clinic sites will provide care from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday
and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. For more information call the local health
department or dial 2-1-1.
Week 1: July 26 – 30
Brownsville – Garcia Middle School,
5701 FM 802
Palmview – Palmview High School, 3901 North La Homa
Raymondville – Raymondville High School, 1 Bearkat Blvd.
San Juan –
PSJA High School, 805 West Ridge Road
Week 2: August 2 – 6
Laredo – Alexander High School, 3600
East Del Mar Blvd.
Rio Grande City – Rio Grande City High School, 144 FM
Zapata – Zapata Community Center, 607 North US 83
(News Media Contact: John Villarreal,
Bilingual Information Specialist, 512-458-7111 ext. 3412 or
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