More than 30 health, human service and civic organizations from across the State of Washington are joining together to produce a giant free health clinic, Oct. 23 – 26, in KeyArena at Seattle Center. In partnership with the humanitarian organization Remote Area Medical® (RAM), the four-day volunteer-driven clinic provides a full range of free dental, vision and medical care to underserved and vulnerable populations in the region.
RAM provides a generous amount of the required equipment, tools and supplies, as well as operational expertise, while the Host Community supplies the event venue, secures professional volunteers and interpreters, fundraises and brings organizational expertise to ensure the event is successful. The goal is to deliver free services to as many as 1,000 patients each day. This will require broad participation from the health community across Washington. Over upcoming months, the Host Community will seek qualified volunteers and interpreters for the clinic.
Organizing and implementing an event on this scale requires months of planning, hundreds of volunteers and dozens of actively engaged partners. It represents the serious dedication of a caring community to address healthcare issues at the local levels to positively impact the health of the region and raise awareness of the scale of those left out of the current healthcare system.
In addition to the clinic, a resource event called HealthFest, Oct. 25 – 26 in Seattle Center Armory, will offer members of the public information and services to stay healthy including real solutions ranging from health insurance navigation and enrollment to demonstrations of nutritional and fitness ideas, screenings and educational discussions.
More information on the Seattle/King County Clinic at KeyArena, as well as HealthFest in Seattle Center Armory, is available at: Seattle Center Foundation or by calling 206 684-7200.