EASTON – A free medical clinic is arriving at the Washington County Fairgrounds next month.
Remote Area Medical, or RAM, will provide free medical, dental and visual services to people on a first-come, first-served basis on October 2-3.
The two-day clinic was made possible through collaboration with the Southern Adirondack Health Initiative and community volunteers, according to a press release.
“The Southern Adirondack Health Initiative, a community group formed to organize this clinic, is grateful for the community response and the donations of goods and money that make this clinic possible,” said Karen Weinberg, president of promotions for the clinic. ‘event, in a press release. . “It’s the first of its kind in our region thanks to RAM, which provides free, quality health care in communities like ours across the United States.”
Founded in 1985, RAM is a non-profit organization made up of more than 173,000 volunteers, including licensed dental, ophthalmic and medical professions.
The organization has provided more than $ 174 million in free health services to more than 863,000 patients, including the uninsured and those living in areas without medical access.
Medical services can be hard to find in Washington County, a predominantly rural community with more than 60,000 residents, about 5% of whom were uninsured, according to 2019 census estimates.