A Remote Area Medical Clinic (RAM) is coming to Paonia Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 and 4 at the EnergyTech campus, 218 Fourth St., Paonia.
RAM is a national nonprofit established to provide free, quality healthcare services to the under-served and uninsured. Clinics provide free dental, vision and medical services on a first come, first served basis. No proof of insurance or financial information is required.
Due to anticipate heavy attendance and resulting time constraints, organizers ask that participants come prepared to choose between dental and medical services.
Eye exams and free prescription eyeglasses are available. While some prescriptions will be available on-site, those with prescriptions that can't be filled will receive their glasses through the mail.
Former Paonia resident Connie Emmons is coordinating the event. "The success of the clinic depends on volunteers," said Emmons.
Local organizers are seeking local medical professionals including nurses, hearing specialists and dental care professionals to provide services. Women's health care providers and veterinarians are also being sought, said Emmons. As the event gets closer, more information on available services will be provided.
Organizers are needed to help with fundraising, set-up and take-down, directing of traffic, selling T-shirts, providing general information and other tasks, said Emmons. Housing for care providers is also being sought.
This will be the first RAM clinic held in Colorado. According to the website www.ramusa.org, since 1985 RAM clinics have provided free medical, dental and vision care to almost 800,000 individuals. In 2018 the value of care provided was estimated at more than $15 million.
Those wanting to know more or to volunteer time, services or monetary support for the clinic can visit www.ramusa.org.