UNR Med Announces Free Outreach Clinics

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A photo of a young patient enjoying his visit at at a UNR Med Student Outreach Clinic.

A young patient enjoys his visit at at a UNR Med Student Outreach Clinic. Northern Nevadans who are uninsured, underinsured or without a social security number can receive free medical care at UNR Med Student Outreach Clinics and Rural Outreach Clinics. Photo by Brin Reynolds/UNR Med. *Photo taken before COVID-19 pandemic and current mask mandates.

Northern Nevadans who are uninsured, underinsured or without a social security number can receive free medical care at upcoming University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Student Outreach Clinics and Rural Outreach Clinics, in Lovelock, Silver Springs and Yerington, Nevada. UNR Med offers the free clinics in a continuing effort to assist the region's medically uninsured with needed health care services.

At this time, the Student Outreach Clinics and Rural Outreach Clinics do not have COVID-19 vaccines for patient distribution. For the most current COVID-19 vaccine information, please visit the Washoe County COVID-19 vaccine information page.  

The following clinics are available:   

General and Children's Student Outreach Clinics at UNR Med's Family Medicine Center:

  • Tuesday, March 2 - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 6 - 8 a.m. to noon
  • Saturday, March 27 - 8 a.m. to noon

Geriatric (55+) and Dermatology Student Outreach Clinic at UNR Med's Family Medicine Center:

  • Saturday, Feb. 20 - 8 a.m. to noon

Women's Health Student Outreach Clinic at UNR Med's Family Medicine Center:

  • Saturday, March 13 - 8 a.m. to noon

Rural Outreach Clinics:

  • Lovelock, Nevada: Saturday, Feb. 20 - 8 a.m. to noon, at Lovelock Community Church, 1055 Dartmouth Avenue, Lovelock, Nevada 89419
  • Silver Springs, Nevada: March 6 - 8 a.m. to noon, at Faith Baptist Church - The back building; 5715 Elm Street, Silver Springs, Nevada 89429
  • Yerington, Nevada: Sunday, April 25 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at South Lyon Physicians Clinic, 213 S Whitacre Street, Yerington, Nevada 89447  

Patient safety measures:  

Patient appointments are required. Due to COVID-19, the clinics are unable to accommodate walk-ins. Patients should call (775) 391-0632 and leave a voicemail to request an appointment. Patients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms when scheduling appointments and again when arriving for appointments. Spanish translators are available at all clinics. Answers to frequently asked questions about UNR Med's Student Outreach Clinics are available.   

As part of UNR Med's health and safety measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 flu and other respiratory illnesses, all patients are required to wear face coverings to their appointments. Patients are asked to come to their visit alone, all guests will be asked to wait in the car unless they are needed to assist the patient.  

Services offered:  

The free Student Outreach Clinics offer a variety of services, including: adult and children's influenza vaccinations (NOT including COVID-19 vaccinations), pap smears, pregnancy testing, gynecological exams, IUD services, breast exams, vasectomies, STD testing, mammogram referrals, as well as pediatric services such as head start physicals, sports physicals, well checks, sick visits and immunizations for children. The clinics also offer general physicals, blood pressure monitoring, x-rays, immunizations for all ages and lab services including, cholesterol checks and blood glucose monitoring. Dental and optometric services are not provided.  

A new women's health service to the clinics are free Mirena intrauterine devices (IUDs) for uninsured patients, made possible through grant funding. SOC IUD/women's clinic managers, Tailer Artis, MSII and Crystal Herrera, MSII, work alongside providers Toby Frescholtz, M.D., and Lynn Anderson, DNP, CNM. IUD supplies are limited. Patients interested in IUD services may call (775) 391-0632 or send an email to crystalherrera@med.unr.edu or tartis@med.unr.edu to schedule an appointment. 

Student Outreach Clinics are held at UNR Med's Family Medicine Center, located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus at 123 17th Street, Reno, Nevada, just north of Mackay Stadium off North Virginia Street. Take RTC bus route 7 to North Virginia Street or the Sierra Spirit bus.   

The Rural Outreach Clinics offer blood pressure and blood work, diabetes screening and counseling, clinical and physical evaluations, adult and children's influenza vaccinations (NOT including COVID-19 vaccinations), and women's health services. Appointments are not necessary. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. For questions, email ruraloutreachclinic@gmail.com.   

UNR Med offers the monthly clinics as a way to give back to the community and prepare medical students as future physicians. Licensed faculty and clinical community physicians supervise the medical students and the care patients receive.   

The Student Outreach Clinics are made possible by the support of the Nell J. Redfield Foundation; Patricia D. Cafferata in memory of H. Treat Cafferata, M.D.; the John and Rosemarie Dooley Family Foundation; and Steven and Lois Brown.  

The Rural Outreach Clinics are a collaboration among UNR Med, the Community Health Alliance and Nevada Human Development Corporation. Rural Outreach Clinics are made possible by donor support.

To learn more about supporting UNR Med's outreach clinics, please contact Shari Netzel, director of development, (775) 682-6077 or snetzel@unr.edu.


Media Contacts

Julie Ardito, APR
Senior Director, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 784-6006

Tessa Bowen, MPA
Communications Manager, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 682-9254

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Released: Friday February 19, 2021 @ 11:15 AM