Free medical, dental and eye services will be provided in Gadsden on April 23-24 – News

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The clinic will provide free vision, dental and medical services to Gadsden City Secondary School. There are no qualifying questions and no ID required.

Written by: Tehreem Khan
Media Contact: Anna Jones

East Central Alabama Area Health Education Centers and the Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps are hosting a free pop-up clinic offering medical, dental, and vision services April 23-24 at the High School in Gadsden City, 1917 Black Creek Parkway, Gadsden, AL 35901. Free clinic is open to the public.

RAM is a non-profit organization that provides medical, dental, and vision exams to the underserved and uninsured. At this clinic, free dental, vision and medical services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to time constraints, patients will be asked to choose between dental or vision services. Medical services will be offered to each patient attending the clinic.

For the Gadsden clinic, RAM enlisted local volunteers, including medical providers from UAB Medicine, University of Alabama Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine, UAB School of Dentistry and the UAB School of Optometry.

“We are always looking for ways to overcome the barriers to obtaining health care that exist in our state,” said Michael Faircloth, MD, director of the Alabama AHEC program and associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UAB. “AHEC is delighted to be able to partner with RAM to provide these services to people in the community of Gadsden and surrounding areas.”

Clinics will open around 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24. Patient parking will open at midnight on Friday, April 22. As patients arrive at the parking lot, they will receive additional information regarding the opening of the clinic. process and next steps.

Patients arriving early should be prepared with their own food, water, medication and clothing. Sanitary facilities will be available. Patients will be required to wear a face covering and be screened for COVID-19 before entering the clinic. All services are free and open to the public. There are no qualifying questions and no ID required.

The clinic closing time may vary depending on the daily capacity of each service area. Please see the RAM Clinic FAQ page for more information. Visit ramusa.org for updates on clinic operations.

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