The remote area medical clinic provided free healthcare services to the Valley

The remote area medical clinic provided free healthcare services to the Valley

RAM is based out of Rockford, Tennessee and works with local communities and volunteers to organize free clinics. The clinic provided free medical, dental, and vision care along with COVID-19 vaccines.

Remote Area Medical clinic provided free health care services to the Valley 268 individuals were seen on Saturday and more again on Sunday.

“A huge change is that the dental services are being all provided in their own individual hepa-filtered, sanitized tents. Where as before we had sort of open-air rows of chairs,” Community Host Group Lead, Laura Trull, said. “It is so important that people have access to health care. There is just as much if not more demand now. One of the things that has been a small silver lining about the pandemic is how it has really brought to light inequality in health care, or access to health care, in particular,” Trull said.

Those involved with the clinic said accessible health care is more important now than ever. This year, the clinic setup looked different with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic safety guidelines.

The care providers were entirely made up of volunteers. Nursing student at James Madison University, Shannon Sullivan, signed up last October to volunteer with RAM.

“We can’t see the smiles on their faces, but you can just tell that they are so happy and they’re so grateful. Everyone you interact with says thank you and you can just tell it is so genuine,” Sullivan said. “It is amazing to come into a community, to see so many of the locals give up their time and their talent and come out to help out their neighbors. Throughout this pandemic a lot of us have been tried. We’ve needed to rely upon each other more than ever, and here in Harrisonburg the volunteers have been wonderful,” RAM Senior Clinic Coordinator, Poppy Green, said.

Rebecca Wood was volunteering for the RAM vision truck on Saturday. “It is amazing to come into a community, to see so many of the locals give up their time and their talent and come out to help out their neighbors. Throughout this pandemic a lot of us have been tried. We’ve needed to rely upon each other more than ever, and here in Harrisonburg the volunteers have been wonderful,” RAM Senior Clinic Coordinator, Poppy Green, said.

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