Remote Area Medical returning to Oklahoma City for free care
Remote Area Medical and its local affiliate RAM Oklahoma need volunteers for a weekend of free dental, vision and limited medical care on Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.
RAM Oklahoma is especially looking for interested dental and vision professionals of all types, including students. Those who wish to volunteer can simply sign up at www.RAMOK.org/volunteer.
All volunteers are covered against medical liability under a state law called the Volunteer Professional Services Immunity Act.
“People can choose what day or days to donate their time, and our volunteers find that helping Oklahomans receive basic health care is very rewarding,” said Tres Savage, RAM Oklahoma's local coordinator, said.
“Anyone interested in helping can simply sign up online and show up in August ready to volunteer. We will get you all of the details, but everything is straightforward.” Savage added that dental volunteers will have an opportunity to receive continuing education hours from the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry.
In 2010, RAM saw 1,635 individual patients for 2,497 individual services at its Oklahoma event. Many patients received both dental and vision services, as well as women's health and general medical screenings. RAM volunteers made 691 pairs of glasses on site with RAM's mobile vision laboratories.
Dentists extracted 1,342 teeth and filled 477 teeth, and hygienists provided 216 cleanings. In total, 913 patients received dental care, which was the most requested service. RAM also performed more than 100 pap tests and gave out more than 100 vouchers for free
This year's two-day event will be more efficient and should expect to serve as many patients, if not more, Savage said.
Developmental screenings offered in Oklahoma County
The Child Guidance program at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department will conduct Developmental Screenings at eight Metro Area Libraries during May.
The child Developmental Screenings are also offered at department's main facility five days a week. The screenings are available for children from birth through 5 years old. Appointments are required for all screenings.
Screenings and other child guidance services are available by appointment from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the department, 921 NE 23.
Screenings are available at these libraries on these dates and times:
• Warr Acres — 9 a.m. to noon May 11
• Edmond — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 16
• Midwest City — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 16
• Choctaw — 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 17
• The Village — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 24
• Downtown library — 9 a.m. to noon, May 31
To schedule a developmental screening, call Child Guidance at 425-4412. There is a small fee for a screening and Oklahoma County residence is required. Medicaid is accepted; no one will be denied services because of inability to pay.