Free medical, dental event coming to Durant

A mobile medical clinic that will provide free dental, vision, medical and veterinary care to uninsured people is coming to Durant June 2-3.

The Remote Area Medical (RAM) is a major non-profit provider of mobile medical clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision, medical, and veterinary care to underserved and uninsured individuals-- is partnering with the United States Public Health Service to return to Durant, Oklahoma on June 2-3. All services are free and no ID is required.

Patient parking will be located at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 1405 North 4th Avenue, Durant, OK 74701. The clinic parking lot will open no later than 12 a.m. midnight on Saturday, June 2. Ticket distribution begins at 3 a.m., and patients will be seen in chronological order according to their ticket number when clinic doors open at 6 a.m. This process will repeat on Sunday, June 3. Services available at the Durant RAM clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses, women's health exams, HIV and Hepatitis C testing, and general medical exams.

According to U.S. census data, the poverty rate in Durant is a staggering 24.8%, which far exceeds the national average of 12.7%. Additionally, nearly one out of every four people lacks health insurance coverage. Because of these factors, RAM expects to treat more than 500 people from Durant and surrounding communities during the two-day clinic. “Back in 2016 RAM provided more than $145,000 worth of free care to 549 people, right here in Durant,” said RAM Founder & President Stan Brock. “Until something changes, millions of people in this country will remain without access to affordable health care.”

RAM is still in need of additional vision and dental professionals to volunteer their time and skills in providing care to the underserved in Durant. There is also a significant need for Spanish translators. For more information about RAM’s mobile medical clinics or to volunteer, or call 865-579-1530.

Representatives from the United States Public Health Services, including Admiral Joan Hunter, Director, Division of Comm. Corps Personnel & Readiness, Admiral Susan Orsega, Chief Nurse Officer, Rear Admiral Nicholas S. Makrides, Chief Dental Officer, CAPT Susan Gordon, Chief Dietitian Officer, as well as Admiral Kevin Meeks, Deputy Director of Field Operations for the United States Indian Health Service, are expected to attend on Sunday, June 3.

About Remote Area Medical: RAM is a major non-profit organization that operates mobile medical clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision, and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals who do not have access to or cannot afford a doctor. RAM’s Corps of more than 120,000 Humanitarian Volunteers is comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals who have treated more than 740,000 women, men, and children delivering $120 million worth of free health care services. Last year, RAM held clinics in Tennessee, California, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia, Virginia, New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, Maryland, Puerto Rico, India, Haiti, and the Philippines. Upcoming RAM clinic locations include Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.

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