More than 50 health, human service and civic organizations from across the State of Washington are joining together to produce a giant free health clinic Oct. 23 – 26 in KeyArena at Seattle Center. This four-day, volunteer-driven clinic will provide a full range of free dental, vision and medical care to underserved and vulnerable populations in the region.
With the help of over 400 volunteer health care professionals, Organizers hope to provide services to over 1,000 patients per day, and provide up to 300 people per day with prescription eye glasses, and over 60 dental operatories.
“Despite implementation of the Affordable Care Act there are still tens of thousands of people across Washington without access to healthcare services,” said Christine Lindquist M.P.H, Executive Director with the Washington Healthcare Access Alliance. “This four-day free clinic is an opportunity not only to address acute health problems, such as an infected tooth or the need for glasses, but to provide medical screenings and connect patients with local resources to help them stay healthy. Organizing and implementing an event on this scale requires months of planning, hundreds of volunteers and dozens of actively engaged partners. It represents the serious dedication of a caring community to address healthcare issues at the local level, to make a difference for the most vulnerable among us.”