Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine students will host a Women’s Health Day free clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7 at The Free Clinic located at Lubbock Impact, 2707 34th St.
The Women’s Health Day clinic will provide medical services like well-woman exams, consultations with Texas Tech Physicians, breast exams, pelvic exams, pap smears, mammogram sign ups and referrals, pregnancy tests, prenatal referrals and HPV vaccinations.
In 2016, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC states screening means checking your body for cancer before you have symptoms. Getting screening tests regularly may find breast and cervical cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best. Kelly O’Brien, The Free Clinic leadership team member, agrees the key to keeping women healthy is prevention.
“At The Free Clinic, we see a lot of women in need of pap smears and other women’s health exams,” O’Brien said. “Regular health exams and screenings can help detect problems before they show symptoms, which can increase your chances of successful treatment."
The Free Clinic is a non-billing clinic developed by the TTUHSC School of Medicine where people without medical insurance can be seen for various medical problems.
The clinic’s mission is to serve the uninsured and the working poor, educate students through clinical experiences with close mentorship and create a bridge between the Lubbock population and health care service.
“This Women’s Health Day clinic is an opportunity for those who cannot afford services to come see a physician,” said Maricela Chavez, The Free Clinic leadership team member. “We offer many of these services throughout the year. The difference is that this is a day specifically devoted to women, and women are guaranteed to have specialists available for gynecological, breast or other women’s health issues. We want to provide the resources to keep our community as healthy as possible.”
For more information and to make an appointment, call (806) 370-0603.