Written by Phil Cerroni
Organizers of a large, one-day free health clinic that will be held in Dallas on Sep. 29 are urging Texas residents without insurance to register as soon as possible for appointments.
The clinic will be held at the Dallas Convention Center, Hall A, 650 South Griffin St., and patient appointments will be available between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Patients are encouraged to call 1-800-340-1301 to make appointments. The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is sponsoring the C.A.R.E. (Communities Are Responding Everyday) Clinic in conjunction with the Lone Star Association of Charitable Clinics (LSACC) and the North Texas Association of Charitable Clinics (NTACC).
“There is a great need for access to medical care in this country,” G. Bobby Kapur, M.D., M.P.H., Baylor College of Medicine, said. ”This free clinic will provide Texans who are uninsured the opportunity to receive preventive, primary medical care and to be connected to the area’s safety-net providers, such as charitable clinics, as well as other available community resources.”
More than 1,000 uninsured people are expected to receive free medical care at the C.A.R.E. Clinic with the help of close to 1,000 volunteers. Both medical and non-medical volunteers are still needed and are encouraged to register now to work at the clinic. Information and volunteer registration are available at: www.nafcclinics.org.
Each patient who attends the C.A.R.E. Clinic will see a medical practitioner for an initial examination. Based on that examination, the patient may receive additional point-of-care testing including: electrocardiogram (EKG), cholesterol blood test, glucose test for diabetes, muscular-skeletal exam, urinalysis, hemoglobin test, pregnancy test and strep test. Patients also may receive additional services including kidney disease testing, mental health counseling and more. There also will be children’s services available including eye exams and glasses, as well as vaccinations.
Free 90-day, mail-order prescriptions will be available through the generosity of RxOutreach. All patients also will receive information on local safety-net providers, such as charitable clinics, and other resources in the area that are available to them.
Further information on the event and how to register to volunteer is available online at: www.nafcclinics.org.
Source: North Texas Association of Charitable Clinics