When the Parking Lot Becomes a Health Clinic | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
TTUHSC students walking through Lubbock campus courtyard.

Pandemic challenges The Free Clinic to provide health care through telemedicine 

the free clinic 2021

Audrey Garrett, who has diabetes, used to see a doctor in Levelland for her health care needs. But after her husband was diagnosed with cancer, the cost for visits and medications became overwhelming. She heard about The Free Clinic, a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) student-run clinic that serves the at-risk population of Lubbock and the surrounding area. They both received access to health care and help with their medications. 

The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to health care. Garrett said she feared she would lose access to the health care she was receiving. For her closing the clinic would have devastating health consequences for her.

“I was afraid that they weren't going to be open and we weren't going to get help,” Garrett said. “I just figured I'd just quit taking my medicine. That's what most people would think—well, I'll just get off of it a while.” 





  • Audrey Garrett speaking to patients via telemedicine video call
  • Nayeli Fuentes on telemedicine screen
  • Student Nayeli Fuentes on video call
  • Student Michelle Onuoha on video call
  • Student Michelle Onuoha on video call close up
  • Student Michelle Onuoha on video call typing
  • Dr. Bennett taking notes with Dr. Prabhu
  • Dr. Bennett discussing telemedicine with Dr. Prabhu
  • Telemedicine student team meeting
  • Free clinic students at check-in station
  • Free clinic students checking in patient
  • Free clinic student handing file to desk clinic
  • Free clinic student reading over files