Obamacare, Medicaid, or private health insurance isn’t the only way to get to see a doctor. Once a year in downtown Providence, students from Brown University’s Alpert School of Medicine hold a free health clinic at Burnside Park for anyone who might have unaddressed health issues.
“Volunteers will take blood pressures and measure glucose to detect diabetes, give flu shots and test for HIV + Hep C. Volunteers will also provide information on how to administer Narcan/naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose and will offer resources for documenting health history,” according to Andreas Lazaris, a doctor in training who will be participating in the health fair this year. There will also be “overdose prevention training, and in-person connections to local clinics and resources to the Providence community.”
The health clinic runs from 9am to 1pm, organizers stress than “anyone in need of services” is encouraged to attend.
In addition to the Alpert school students, the clinic is being organized by Clínica Esperanza, the Rhode Island Free Clinic, House of Hope, and the George Wiley Center. This is the second year the group has organized the free health clinic in Burnside Park.