Indio health clinic to provide free services for area families in need

The clinic to open April 4th at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio

POSTED: 06:14 AM PDT Mar 13, 2013    UPDATED: 06:14 AM PDT Mar 13, 2013 
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INDIO, Calif. -

A charitable group called the Remote Area Medical Foundation is seeking volunteers for a health clinic next month at the Riverside County fairgrounds in Indio.

Coachella valley residents will have access to free medical, dental and vision care from April 4th to April 7th.

Mobile vision labs will provide prescription eyeglasses, dental professionals will do cleanings, fillings and extractions and doctors will be on hand for consultations and minor procedures. Up to 800 people a day are expected.

Clinics organized by the RAM Foundation typically serve people who are very poor, un-insured or under-insured. but at recent clinics, there's been an increase in the number of people who recently lost their jobs, and families who have insurance but cannot afford their co-payments or their deductibles.

"We need this clinic to operate at full capacity so we won't have to turn people away who need help", said Pamela Congdon, RAM California president and volunteer coordinator.

For next month's clinic, RAM California is looking for dental professionals, vision professionals, doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, acupuncturists
and chiropractors.
           
People will be seen first come, first served, with no income test or eligibility requirement. the clinic will open at 5:30 a.m. each day, and people can start lining up at 3 a.m., according to organizers.

To register to volunteer, go to www.ram-ca.org.