Today, the Texas Department of State Health Services announced the locations and services that will be available at the no-cost health clinics for residents of South Texas during next week’s Operation Border Health Preparedness (OBHP). This is an exercise conducted annually by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and its partners to prepare for public health emergencies and disasters. Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa encourages families to take advantage of these free services, emphasizing the importance of taking care of our health, especially with back to school just around the corner.
Now in its 24th year, OBHP will operate five sites from July 24 to 28. The complete list of locations and hours can be found below.
During this joint disaster preparedness exercise, DSHS and its local government and non-profit partners will practice standing up and operating health clinics that may be needed during a disaster or public health emergency. In 2022, the exercise provided 30,031 health services to just under 6,400 patients.
This year, OBHP services will include immunizations for children and adults, medical exams, sports physicals for students, health and diabetes screenings, dental and vision exams, and prescription glasses from a mobile lab. The Raymondville site in Willacy County will also have limited veterinary services. Services may vary from location to location, so the public is encouraged to visit www.dshs.texas.gov/obhp2023 or call 2-1-1 to confirm which services are offered at a specific location.
DSHS partners at OBHP this year include the Texas Military Department, Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps, City of Laredo Health Department, Cameron County Public Health, Hidalgo County Health & Human Services, UTRGV Medical School, Texas A&M University, local nursing schools, and other nonprofit groups.
Senator Hinojosa recognizes the significance of accessible healthcare services, stating, “It is crucial that we prioritize our health and well-being, especially as we approach the upcoming school year. Operation Border Health Preparedness provides an excellent opportunity for families to take advantage of free health clinics in South Texas. I encourage everyone to participate and ensure they are in good health before the school year begins.”
The clinics will serve as a valuable resource for families in South Texas, offering essential healthcare services and promoting overall well-being. Senator Hinojosa urges residents to mark their calendars and make the most of this opportunity to prioritize their health.
For more information about Operation Border Health Preparedness and the services offered, please visit www.dshs.texas.gov/obhp2023 or call 2-1-1.
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Brownsville: BISD Central Administration Bldg., 708 Palm Blvd.
Laredo: Louis J. Christen Middle School, 2001 Santa Maria Ave.
Raymondville: Raymondville High School, 601 FM 3168
Rio Grande City: Veterans Middle School, 2700 W. Eisenhower Rd.
San Juan: PSJA Early College High School, 805 W. Ridge Rd.