Arlington resident’s visit to free clinic changed her vision

Ram 0223 (1)It was 2021, and Precious Harris hadn’t seen clearly in five years. The Arlington resident was one of thousands of North Texas residents who didn’t have vision insurance or the means to buy new glasses.

Her circumstances changed after a friend told her about a free clinic organized for the last two years by The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth and Remote Area Medical, known as RAM®, a national nonprofit that provides pop-up clinics offering free medical, dental and vision to anyone in need. That friend was Jessica Rangel, HSC’s executive vice president of health systems.

“When Jessica told me about RAM, my first thought was about all of the people I knew who could benefit from this clinic,” Harris said. “Having something like this was significant for my community.”

Harris left the RAM clinic that year with two new pairs of glasses, and she could see clearly for the first time in years.

“I still have the pairs of glasses I got from RAM,” Harris said. “The doctors I saw were so professional and explained everything they were doing.”

This year’s clinic will take place Nov. 4 and 5 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2001 W. Seminary Drive in Fort Worth. The event marks the third year in a row RAM and HSC have partnered to bring free, quality care to North Texas.

RAM will offer dental cleanings, fillings and extractions; eye exams, glaucoma testing and eyeglass prescriptions with glasses made on site; women’s health exams; and general medical exams. RAM services are first-come, first-served. They are offered free of charge, and no ID is required.

“It is truly moving to witness the kindness and generosity of our students, faculty, staff and community partners as they give our community access to care they might not otherwise get,” Rangel said. “To see the joy on someone’s face when they can see clearly for the first time in years, receive their first medical examination ever, or have a painful tooth treated is life-changing indeed.”

During the past two years, more than 900 patients have visited the DFW clinics, and volunteer medical professionals, many of them from HSC, have provided care valued at an estimated $3.7 million.

Since her first visit to the clinic, Harris has become a self-appointed ambassador for RAM. She spreads awareness by hanging flyers and talking to people around North Texas as much as she can.

Harris, who serves as an advocate for patients at Cancer Care Services in Fort Worth, her church community at New Breed Grace Global Ministries and the underserved Black community across Arlington, Hurst, Bedford and Euless, said the word “need” continually comes to mind when thinking about RAM.

“The services RAM provides are needed so badly, not only by me, but by so many others across the community,” she said. “I hope HSC and RAM continue this clinic for as long as they can. It’s making such a difference.”

For more information about RAM’s pop-up clinics or to volunteer, visit, or call 865-579-1530. To donate, visit, or call 817-456-3143.

Recent News

One pill kills graphic
  • On Campus
|Oct 2, 2023

HSC launches One Pill Kills Campaign to combat fentanyl

A synthetic opioid that’s considered exponentially more addictive than heroin, fentanyl is now the leading cause of death for Americans ages 18 to 49. It can be fatal to ingest even a tiny amount, so small it could fit on a pencil eraser. In the face of the deadliest epidemic in the history o...
  • Our People
|Sep 29, 2023

Dr. Michael Clearfield the inaugural winner of the Beyer, Everett, and Luibel Memorial Medal

For more than two decades, Dr. Michael B. Clearfield, DO, MACOI, FACP, has developed the Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine into one of the largest and most productive academically in the osteopathic profession, serving as the chair from 1982-...
Kari Northeim 2 (002)[66]
  • Our People
|Sep 28, 2023

HSC’s Dr. Kari Northeim and Parker County collaborators awarded SAMHSA grant for rural EMS training and education

Dr. Kari Northeim, School of Public Health assistant professor of population and community health at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, has been awarded the SAMHSA Rural EMS Training and Education grant in conjunction with HSC community partners, Parker County Hospi...
Graci Finco
  • Research
|Sep 28, 2023

SBS researchers publish innovative study in Nature Scientific Reports 

People with leg amputations, including those with diabetes, run the risk of overuse injuries like osteoarthritis, muscle atrophy or bone breaks in their intact limbs.   Now, new research is quantifying the impacts of amputations and diabetes, a leading cause of amputation, on those overuse ...