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Rural health clinic opens in Cameron County community center

October 4, 2018

Cameron County and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley celebrated the opening of a health care center in the Bob Clark Community Center. The Area Health Education Center is one of three clinics where School of Medicine students will provide primary care to rural residents.

The university matched at $3.75 million grant awarded to it last year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Cameron County remodeled two classrooms at the community center to create six exams rooms.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Sofia Benavides gave an emotional speech during the ceremony in which she thanked both university partners and county employees for their work on the project, which was over a year in the making. The Area Health Education Center will offer chronic disease screening, laboratory testing, primary and acute care, immunizations and more services.

John Ronnau, UTRGV’s program director of the Area Health Education Centers, said the clinic will initially offer services one day per week but will gradually expand until its open five days per week.

UTRGV is operating a similar health center in La Victoria in Starr County and is planning a third in San Carlos in Hidalgo County.

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