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 preventive 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 effort provided services to more than 8,800 people. The clinics are a cooperative effort of DSHS, Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services, 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.