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OU medical students to host benefit run for free Oklahoma City health clinic

Logo for the OU Community Health Alliance's 2020 Health Dash. Photo provided
Logo for the OU Community Health Alliance's 2020 Health Dash. Photo provided

An organization of OU medical students is hosting a run to benefit Manos Juntas, a free health clinic in Oklahoma City with an uncertain financial future.

The OU Community Health Alliance is hosting the 2020 Health Dash, which will take place at 8 a.m. March 29 at the OU Health Sciences Center campus, said Hunter Ford, an OU medical student and the event’s co-chair.

The group’s purpose is to expose medical students to “the challenges of providing health care with limited resources while developing more compassionate and empathetic health care professionals,” according to the organization's website.

Manos Juntas is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, but after the long-time director retired from his day job and can no longer donate his salary, over half of its annual funding is in flux.

“This is one of the clinics that is having kind of a tough time right now,” Ford said.

Each year, the OU group picks a local clinic to partner with and helps raise funds. Manos Juntas is the partner clinic this year, and it has a reputation of being a place where medical students can quickly get real-world experience with patients, Ford said.

“We know how important it is for these people to receive care, and as medical students, it is important to get practice seeing patients,” Ford said. “Many of us came here to really help communities.”

The benefit run will include a raffle with prizes, and runners can choose three different course lengths. Proceeds will go toward Manos Juntas, and tickets can be purchased online at

Kayla Branch

Kayla Branch covers county government and poverty for The Oklahoman. Branch is a native Oklahoman and graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She joined The Oklahoman staff in April 2019. Read more ›