LOUISVILLE, Ga. (WRDW / WAGT) – Two separate programs provide free medical, dental and vision care to residents of the SCRA.
Remote Area Medical, a non-profit provider of pop-up clinics providing free, quality dental, vision and medical care to underserved and uninsured people, will be in Louisville on September 25 and 26 to provide free care.
Free dental, ophthalmic and medical services will be provided on a first come, first served basis, and no ID is required.
This will be RAM’s first visit to Louisville, and services will include dental cleanings, dental fillings, tooth extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, glaucoma tests, eyeglass prescriptions, glasses made on place, women’s health examinations and general medical care. exams.
The clinic, in conjunction with the RAM Chapter at Emory University and members of the local community, will be held at Jefferson County High School, 1157 Warrior Trail.
“This clinic has been in the works for two years and we are proud to be able to play a small role in providing health care to the Louisville community,” said Saketh Kollipara, member of the RAM community welcome group. “We are happy to bring life-changing health services to patients in rural Georgia. “
Due to time constraints, patients must be prepared to choose between dental and visual services.
Free medical services are offered in addition to dental or ophthalmic services to each patient attending the clinic.
The patient parking lot will open no later than 12:01 a.m. on September 25 and will remain open. When patients arrive at the parking lot, they will be provided with additional information regarding the clinic opening processes and next steps. Patients should be prepared with their own food, water, medicine, and clothing when they arrive early.
Toilets will be made available.
The clinic doors will open at 6 a.m. on September 25. This process will be repeated the next day.
RAM encourages anyone who wants services, especially dental services, to arrive as soon as possible.
All patients will be required to wear a face covering and will need to be screened for COVID-19 before entering the clinic. Guests and family members of patients, including pets, will not be allowed into the building.
Free dental screening provided at the flea market
Students at Dental College of Georgia will soon be relaunching a popular community outreach program: free dental screenings at a shopping destination on weekends.
Starting August 28, dental students and faculty members will volunteer select weekends at the Barnyard Flea Market in Augusta to offer visual oral inspections to check for signs of dental or gum disease and determine if a visitor should be referred to a dental office for cleaning, assessment or additional treatment.
Dr. Kim Capehart, Acting Director of the Department of General Dentistry, organizes the fall screenings, manages the student schedule and recruits volunteer faculty.
Clinics offering free screenings like this are part of the annual opportunities for dental students to receive hands-on educational feedback, impact public health, and raise awareness about college programs and patient services.
“It will be more rewarding than the students realize once they meet and select those in our community,” Capehart said. “I know I always feel humbled by the opportunity to share my knowledge, skills and compassion.”
Student volunteers will be supervised by the faculty while striving to identify signs of oral disease, including tooth decay, gum disease, abscesses or injuries. Oral health exams only take a few minutes and do not involve diagnoses leading to treatment plans. Volunteers will counsel patients with problems and will also help identify new patients for student clinics.
The screenings are open to everyone. Walk-ins are welcome. Visit booth G10 at the Barnyard Flea Market at 1625 Doug Barnard Parkway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 28, September 12, September 25, October 16, November 6 and November 21.
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