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South Texas Poison Center Gears up for Operation Lone Star to Target Spanish-speaking Communities

The South Texas Poison Center is gearing up once again for Operation Lone Star to be held this summer 2011. This two-week event is a joint project between various agencies including state health and human services agencies, Texas State Guard, Army and Air National Guard, county health departments, local service groups and civilian volunteers that provide medical services to people in the community and  the operation serves as training for emergency planning.

People attend this event to receive free medical and dental exams, vaccines, and immunizations. This intensive event covers six counties and is the largest humanitarian effort of its kind in the United States. Due to wait times, South Texas Poison Center educators take the opportunity to provide education to those attending the event while they wait to receive services. In 2010, over 12,000 people were reached during this two-week event. By participating in Operation Lone Star, our poison center provided poison prevention education to parents, caregivers, and others in counties that are majority Hispanic, Spanish-speaking, and medically underserved areas of South Texas. With impending budget cuts across the country, opportunities to reach a mass audience are critical to maximizing our educational outreach efforts. That is why the South Texas Poison Center maintains crucial partnerships with numerous public health entities across the state.

The South Texas Poison Center Exit Disclaimer is a vital part of the Texas Poison Center Network Exit Disclaimer and is located at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Exit Disclaimer