California CareForce 2018 Coachella Expedition
Volunteer healthcare professionals needed; Up to 900 people per day to receive care
California CareForce 2018 Coachella Expedition March 23-25, 2018
Free medical, dental, vision, and hearing care will once again be offered at a massive health clinic to be held for Coachella Valley residents March 23-25, 2018 at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio, CA. The clinic, organized by California CareForce along with the Coachella Valley Community Trust, California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (CALAOMS), and Goldenvoice is expected to provide critical care for an anticipated 900 people per day if the event is fully staffed.
The inaugural Coachella Expedition held in April 2013 provided much-needed services to 2,770 patients, with a total value of services estimated of 1.05 million dollars. Since then, a total of 9,950 community members have been provided with an estimated 4 million dollars worth of care thanks to 5,180 volunteers at California CareForce’s annual clinics.
Due to the increased need for access to care, numerous healthcare professionals including oral surgeons, dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, dental x-ray techs, ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, ophthalmic techs, doctors, nurses, LVN’s/LPN’s, EMT’s, acupuncturists and chiropractors are needed to make this event a success. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to register at http://www.californiacareforce.org/ . In addition to in-state volunteers, out-of-state medical practitioners with valid, active licenses are also invited to participate.
“At a California CareForce clinic, patients receive quality medical, dental, and vision services from professionals. These patients are so grateful that somebody cares about them. They feel abandoned by the system. As a volunteer at the clinic, you will have the most fulfilling and gratifying experience of helping those in your community” states Pamela Congdon, California CareForce Co-Founder and Executive Director.
The clinic will have 70 dental stations, 20 medical exam rooms, and 10 vision lanes. A vision lab will produce free prescription eyeglasses on-site. Dentistry will include x-rays, cleanings, fillings, and extractions in addition to partial dentures provided by Glidewell Laboratories. Medical doctors will provide services ranging from consultation and diagnosis to minor medical procedures while nurses will staff triage areas and provide medical assistance. The Starkey Hearing Foundation, a new addition to the clinic, will provide earwax removal and hearing tests in addition to hearing aids for some patients. More services may be available depending on which specialists participate.
Clinic patients will be seen on a first-come-first serve basis with no income test or eligibility requirement of any kind to receive treatment.
Flyers for both patients and volunteers can be found at https://www.californiacareforce.org/volunteer/social-kit/.