Free dental, vision and medical care available in Weatherford July 16-17

Volunteer dental professionals provide patient care at a remote area medical clinic in Weatherford, Oklahoma on Saturday, July 13, 2019. (Tres Savage)

gIn general, I have a pretty firm rule here at NonDoc: We don’t hype. Sure, we occasionally publish excerpts from books and occasionally respond to press releases with a Q&A offer, but we generally steer clear of direct event promotion.

The exceptions over the years, however, have been a few short articles written to alert the public to medical happenings in remote areas here in Oklahoma. RAM is holding free clinics around the world and providing free dental, vision and medical care to anyone in need on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 at Weatherford in the Southwestern Oklahoma basketball arena. State University.

This care is provided by volunteer professionals on a first-come, first-served basis and without conditions of income, insurance or immigration status. Everyone is eligible. Dental services include cleanings, fillings, extractions and x-rays. Vision services include eye exams, glaucoma testing and locally made prescription glasses.

Clinic doors open at 6 a.m. July 16 at the Pioneer Cellular Event Center, 900 N. 7th St. in Weatherford.

Patients can receive life-changing care

Oklahoma Optometrists
Patients select pairs of frames at a remote area medical event at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 10, 2010. (Supplied)

Why am I bending my editorial rule against trending events and writing this article? Because I’ve seen the value of the care Oklahomans received at the old RAM clinics. In 2010, I served as the local coordinator for RAM’s first event in Oklahoma and for subsequent events at the State Fairgrounds in 2012 and 2014. RAM then held clinics in Durant, Idabel and Weatherford. I participated as a volunteer.

I’ve been to RAM events in Memphis, Chicago, East St. Louis, and other communities. The free, quality care provided to patients can truly change lives. I’ve seen this happen, and most of the time it’s happened without much local media presence. National and international journalists often cover RAM events to reflect on issues in the US healthcare system, but the clinics often slip under the radar of local media, leaving potential patients unaware of the opportunity.

As a result, my cost-benefit analysis tells me this: yes, I’m guilty of “buzzing” this event that interests me personally, but the only consequence will be that Oklahomans will learn where they can get a free pair of glasses. or quality dental care.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the RAM Clinic July 16-17 in Weatherford can register here. As always, dental and eye care professionals are the most important volunteers at these clinics. If you fall into one of these categories, consider volunteering your time.

More information for RAM Clinic patients can be found here.