Dozens Attend Holding Institute's Free Health Clinic

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Many downtown residents took advantage of a free health care clinic held at the Holding Institute Saturday morning.

From checking blood pressure to a one-on-one consultation, dozens of Laredoans took advantage of a free health clinic. But this clinic isn't only meant to help residents' health; it also provides training to those interested in a medical career.

High school and college students shadow medical professionals serving at the clinic. Organizers say the clinics are put together for residents who might not have the funds to pay for medical checkups.

They take vital signs, height and weight, blood pressure, sugar levels and also help with translating.

Nohely Escobedo, a health career coordinator for the Area Health Education Center (AHEC), says the students experience will help them decide whether or not a medical career is for them.

"They are being exposed to medical professionals and real-life scenarios. They interact with patients with something to continue inspiring them," says Escobedo.

Since the free health clinics depend on volunteer medics, Escobedo adds being able to provide training to future medical professionals is an investment for the community.

She says, "They are able to see the medical need in our community and pursue a medical career."

AHEC coordinates volunteers for health clinics offered around town. If you'd like more information you can contact them (956) 712-0037.