A lot of factors play a role in staying healthy, particularly access to medical care. Wayne county residents are particularly vulnerable.
Although 12.7 percent of county residents receive health care through a combination of ACA enrollment or Medicaid expansion, there are many that are homeless, uninsured or underinsured, according to a spokesperson of the Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness (HVCW).
That’s why (HVCW) is teaming up with national organizers to host the Motor City Medical Mission, a free dental, optical, and medical care clinic at Cobo Center in Detroit on Aug. 9-11, 2017.
“People can receive care, at no cost, on a first-come, first-serve basis,” said Ann Burnett, Executive Director of The Motor City Medical Mission Project.
The three-day event is open to anyone in need including those who are homeless, uninsured, or underinsured. No pre-registration is required. Medical professionals do not have to commit to all three days and can register to volunteer at www.motorcitymedicalmission.org.
“Our goal is to sign up as many volunteer dentists, optometrists, and medical doctors as possible so we can provide free services to those who may not have access to care,” Burnett said. ”The event can be as large as the number of volunteers we get.”
Dental services may include exams, cleanings, fillings, and extractions. Free eye glasses, screenings, and refractions are available for those requiring optical care. Medical care may include health exams, school physicals, consultations, chronic disease prevention, hypertension & diabetes counseling, and non-narcotic medications and prescriptions. Other essential services such as ultrasound, massage therapy, physical therapy, and legal consultations will be available.
“We’re proud to help the Motor City Medical Mission team reach out to people in need of care,” said Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans. “We know a lot of southeast Michigan residents have unmet medical needs. So, we’re asking dentists, optometrists, and medical doctors to consider volunteering at least one day, knowing that Wayne County will also be there to extend care long after the event has come and gone.”
The Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness (HCVW) offers 114 programs and more than 230 services that promote wellness. Wayne County staff will be on site to provide information on a wide range of follow-up services such as Head Start, comprehensive health services, and veteran financial assistance.
“Our ultimate goal is to reduce social inequities and promote overall wellness for residents of Wayne County,” said Dr. Mouhanad Hammami, director of HVCW. “Sometimes, it’s difficult for people to access services because of any number of barriers. This event gives us a chance to bring all our services under one roof and personally connect so that residents can benefit from county programs.”
To learn more about the Motor City Medical Mission or to volunteer, visit www.motorcitymedicalmission.org.
MOTOR CITY MEDICAL MISSION
August 9, 10, & 11, 2017
1 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
Doors open at 6am. Registration begins at 7am. Patient care begins at 8am.