People can access a slew of free health services this weekend at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, including teeth cleanings, eye exams and physicals. Their only requirement is to show up: No identification, proof of income or residency is needed. 

The clinic is a collaboration between The University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth and Remote Area Medical, a nonprofit provider of free pop-up clinics like this one. 

If you go

What: Free health care clinic organized by The University of North Texas Health Science Center and Remote Area Medical, a nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics. Anyone is welcome and no identification or reservation is required. 

When: 6 a.m.–6 p.m., Dec. 3
6 a.m.–2 p.m., Dec. 4

Where: Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
650 S. Griffin St., Dallas, 75202

For more information about RAM’s pop-up clinics, to donate or to volunteer, visit www.ramusa.org, www.unthsc.edu/ram or call 865-579-1530.

Last year, the two organizations partnered for the first time. The pop-up clinic in Alliance served about 450 people, according to Jessica Rangel, executive vice president of health systems at the Health Science Center. Some traveled from out of state. 

This year’s location allows the clinic to serve more people in an area accessible through public transportation, according to the Health Science Center’s press release about the clinic. Also, because the Health Science Center is part of the greater University of North Texas System, Rangel said future pop-up clinics will serve communities throughout North Texas. 

“We consider that this is our community,” she said. “We will pop up in different places within the metroplex because our goal is to serve those who are in need: underserved and uninsured or underinsured.” 

The pop-up clinic is first-come, first-served and works like this: The parking lot at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center, one of the largest convention centers in the U.S., will open by midnight Friday, Dec. 2. People who want to arrive early should bring their own food, water, masks and medicines. Shuttles will be available to take people from the parking lot to the clinic entrance. 

When the doors open at 6 a.m., patients will take a COVID-19 screening questionnaire and have their temperature checked. Everyone should wear a mask inside the clinic, Rangel said. 

Want to arrive by public transportation? 

Amtrak and the Trinity Railway Express both service Dallas Union Station, which is located just 2.5 blocks northeast of the convention center. Dallas Area Rapid Transit has a light rail station at the Convention Center. Take either the red or blue line to the front door. The DART rail station is located on Lamar Street at Memorial Drive.

Attendees can also ride DART’s free D-Link shuttle bus (Route 722) to shopping and entertainment. The D-Link stop is located on Lamar Street at Ceremonial Street, just outside the C Lobby entrance.  See the D-Link map for more detail.  The Convention Center is located at stop #1.

Source: This text in its entirety is from the Health Science Center press release.

Then, patients can choose between medical and dental services or medical and vision services. If they choose dental, they can have their teeth cleaned, filled, X-rayed and extracted. If they choose vision, they’ll receive an eye exam and a pair of fitted, prescription glasses at the clinic. 

“The fun part is that they get to choose their frames,” Rangel said. 

Medical services include physicals and well-woman exams. The clinic will also offer an array of other services like laboratory tests and physical therapy. Representatives from Toys for Tots and the North Texas Food Bank will offer toys and groceries, respectively. Finally, representatives from health organizations throughout North Texas will table at the clinic. 

They’re planning to help patients secure free follow-up care in their home communities, Rangel said.  

“We want to keep people connected so that their medical journey doesn’t end just with the (Remote Area Medical) event,” she said. The next pop-up clinic won’t take place until late next year.

Medical providers from the Health Science Center, Texas and around the country will oversee this weekend’s clinic. Pharmacy, medical, nursing and physician assistant students from the Health Science Center will help. 

Rangel anticipates they will serve more than 1,000 patients this weekend. “There will be some waits,” she said. Still, she said, all are welcome.

“You can bring children, you can bring your baby, bring a friend,” she said. “We don’t care where you come from. We’re just happy to take care of you.”

Alexis Allison is the health reporter at the Fort Worth Report. Her position is supported by a grant from Texas Health Resources. Contact her at alexis.allison@fortworthreport.org or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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