About Our Clinics

Alpha Home

Clinics are held every Monday and Thursday evening (5:30 – 8:30 pm), and every second Tuesday of the month a Women’s Health clinic (6:00-8pm) is staffed by medical students and residents under the supervision of UTHSCSA faculty. The clinics serve the women of Alpha Home, a non-profit, long-term substance abuse recovery center. Established in 1966, Alpha Home is the only women-specific drug treatment program in Bexar County and draws clients from all over the state. Clients are referred to Alpha Home from various community agencies, including hospitals, detox facilities and homeless shelters.


Haven for Hope/ Restoration Center Clinic

The Thursday evening clinic (6:00-8:30 pm) operates out of the Restoration Center Clinic at Haven for Hope. The Restoration Center is a substance abuse detox and rehabilitation center operated by the Center for Healthcare Services (CHCS). CHCS provides mental health and substance abuse treatment for the underserved of Bexar County. The focus of the clinic is dermatologic diagnosis and treatment with a holistic approach to the patient. This includes biopsies, wound care and minor surgeries. Most of the patients are referred for care from Prospects Courtyard or CentroMed at Haven for Hope. The students work with Dr. Usatine to provide healthcare to the homeless men, women and children residing at Haven for Hope. Haven for Hope is the largest, most comprehensive Homeless Transformation Campus in the U.S.A. On any given night there will be roughly 1600 individuals residing on the Haven for Hope Campus. Haven for Hope and its Partners provides critical social services to help the homeless become self-sufficient individuals on a long-term basis. Haven for Hope seeks to transform the lives of the homeless by addressing the root causes of homelessness through education, job training and behavioral health services.




Refugee Health Clinic

San Antonio Refugee Health Clinic (SARHC) is a joint effort between medical, dental, and nursing students with faculty from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. SARHC is an acute care clinic developed to address the health and social needs of about 5,000 immigrant refugees living in northwest San Antonio. Initially, displaced families are supported by local and state efforts during the first six months of their relocation after which they are minimally supported through subsidized housing. The primary goal of this clinic is to serve as an initial trustworthy location for refugees to overcome their inhibitions and adequately address their health care issues and social needs. It is a bimonthly clinic at St. Francis Episcopal Church and is a collaborative effort between UTHSCSA students of medicine, nursing, dental, and community volunteers. Families will receive care for unaddressed health issues. A central aspect of the clinic is the education of both patients and students through collaboration. Through educational workshops, refugee families learn about sanitation and available health care options. Through organizing and managing the clinic, students of all levels of education learn valuable lessons in service, communication, and resourcefulness through an irreplaceable interdisciplinary approach to care.


SAMM Clinic

Clinic is held at the SAMM location every Thursday evening (5:30-8pm) and is staffed by medical students and residents under the supervision of UTHSCSA faculty. The clinic operates out of the SAMM Transitional Living & Learning Center (TLLC) on Blanco Road. The TLLC opened its doors in August of 2000 and has the capacity to serve 40 homeless families who demonstrate a commitment to gaining self-sufficiency. The center provides homeless families with a variety for resources, services, and education to enable them to again become self-sufficient contributing members of our community.



Travis Park Dermatology Clinic

Travis Park Dermatology Clinic is held the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month (3:45pm-6:45pm) and is staffed by medical students, residents, Health Science Center faculty and community dermatologists. This free student-run clinic was established November 18th, 2009 to treat skin disorders in the homeless, indigent, and uninsured patients in San Antonio. Dermatology is an important aspect in all fields of medicine and students volunteers learn more about treating skin lesions. Travis Park Methodist church has a variety of resources and seek to make the world a better place through transformation of self and community. Their mission is to enhance the transformation of people through programs that develop the body, mind, and spirit. VISIT THE TRAVIS PARK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION:



Mobile Eye Screening Clinic

Since 1996, the Lions Clubs of Lions International District 2-A2 have operated a Mobile Eye Screening Program utilizing a unique Mobile Eye Screening Unit (MESU) built on a 40 foot modified bus platform. The MESU is designed to accommodate multiple missions and can be configured for public vision screening or with research work stations.

The basic mission of the MESU program is to provide free vision screenings for the general public. The MESU travels throughout South Central Texas and has screened over 65,000 people since 1996. The Mobile Eye Screening Program is managed by the District 2-A2 Lions Sight Research Foundation headquartered in San Antonio.

MESU visits are usually sponsored by individual Lions Clubs and volunteers are trained to operate instruments that screen for blood pressures, visual acuity, eye pressures, and visual fields. All visitors are provided a summary sheet with their screening results. Over the years, the Lions have also worked with various community partners to offer specialized vision screenings and have worked closely with clinicians and researchers from UTHSC/SA on a variety of research and service programs.

Starting in the Spring of 2013, the Lions will partner with the Department of Ophthalmology, the School of Medicine, and the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics to include Medical Students at UTHSC/SA in a Joint Community Vision Screening Program.