Operation Lone Star Brings Free Health Services to South Texas

News Release
July 18, 2018

The Texas Department of State Health Services is again coordinating Operation Lone Star in South Texas, bringing free health care services to six sites July 23-27. Among the available services at all locations are child immunizations, hearing and vision screenings, diabetes and blood pressure screenings, and sports physicals.

In addition, the Rio Grande City site will provide preventative dental services for school-age children, and dental services and vision exams for prescription glasses for adults and children will be available at the Brownsville and San Juan locations.

Operation Lone Star, an annual event first staged in 1999, provides emergency responders with an opportunity to practice setting up and operating clinics similar to those that could be used in the event of a public health emergency. Last year’s preparedness exercise provided services to 8,175 people. The clinics are a cooperative effort of DSHS, Cameron County Public Health Department, Hidalgo County Health and Human Services, City of Laredo Health Department, the Texas Military Department, and community volunteer organizations.

All clinics will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. For more information, contact your local health department or dial 2-1-1.

Locations

Brownsville: Rivera Early College High School, 6955 F.M. 802
Laredo: Jesus Martinez Performing Arts Complex, 2400 San Bernardo Ave.
La Feria: La Feria High School, 901 N. Canal St.
Mission: Juarez-Lincoln High School, 7801 W. Mile Seven Road
Rio Grande City: Ac2E Magnet Elementary, 1 S. Fort Ringgold
San Juan: PSJA High School, 805 W. Ridge Road

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(News Media Contact: Lara Anton, DSHS Press Officer, 512-776-7753)

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Last updated July 19, 2018