From July 11-20, there will be free medical, dental, vision and veterinary services offered at Norwich High School/Middle School Complex in Norwich as part of the Greater Chenango Cares event.
There are no insurance, information or residency requirements, according to a press release by Innovative Readiness Training, a program involved in the event that provides key healthcare services to American communities. Walk-ins are welcome for medical and vision services but veterinary and dental services must be pre-scheduled. Veterinary appointments are already fully booked, said Shane Butler, planning director at Chenango County Planning and Development.
At Greater Chenango Cares, people can get physical exams, school and sports physicals and blood pressure and disease screenings among other things, according to the release. For the school and sports physicals, people should bring their school forms. Dental services include dental exams, fillings and extractions. Vision screenings, glasses prescriptions and single lens glasses (subject to stock on hand) will be available. Spaying, neutering, deworming and rabies vaccinations will be offered for dogs and cats.
Norwich held similar events in 2015 and 2016, providing approximately $2.3 million worth of free-of-charge medical and veterinary services to more than 4,000 patients, according to the release. There is a substantial lack of physicians per person in the under-served community, which is why these events are so crucial, Butler said.
The Chenango United Way is looking for a volunteers for the nine-day event.
“Community volunteers are critical to the success of this event," said Elizabeth Monaco, executive director of the Chenango United Way, in the release. "We need people to help us with everything from patient registration, to help escorting patients between the clinics, to parking and food. Every volunteer job is important and we will have almost 300 slots to fill over the 10 days that this event is in our community."
Those interested in volunteering should contact the Chenango United Way at (607) 334-8815 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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