California CareForce – a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing free health, dental, and vision services to residents all over California – returns to the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio for its Coachella Valley Clinic March 23-25, 2018. Now in its 6th year, the clinic operates through a volunteer-based workface and is expected to provide care for an anticipated 500-800 people per day. No insurance is necessary, there are no co-pays, and no I.D. is required.
The clinic will have 90 dental stations, 10 medical exam rooms and 10 vision lanes. A vision lab will produce free prescription eyeglasses on site while patients wait. Dentistry will include cleanings, fillings and extractions. Medical doctors will provide services ranging from consultation and diagnosis to minor medical procedures. Nurses will staff triage areas and provide medical assistance. 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.
“Since we first brought this clinic to the Coachella Valley in 2013, we have provided much-needed services to more than 10,000 patients, for a total value of health care services estimated at $4 million – all free to patients,” said Pamela Congdon, California CareForce President and Volunteer Coordinator. “These patients are so grateful that somebody cares about them, especially since they are receiving medical services they would not be able to receive elsewhere.”
Volunteers are still needed in the following categories:
Dental X-RAY Techs
In addition to in-state volunteers, out-of-state medical practitioners with valid, current, and active licenses are also able to participate. To register, go to CaliforniaCareForce.org.
Wristbands for next-day services will be distributed at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday (March 22), Friday (March 23), and Saturday (March 24). One wristband per person in line is allowed, and one service per person per day. There may be limited first come, first serve spots available on clinic days (dependent on capacity). Those wishing to receive services at the clinic should bring any prescription medications they may be taking, appropriate clothing, food and water, and entertainment while they wait. All services are FREE; clinic participants need NO proof of insurance, employment, income, residency, immigration status or an ID to receive them.
Text “CAREFORCE” to 22828 to receive updates with important information.
Sponsors include Goldenvoice, The California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Patterson Dental, Hu-Friedy, Glidewell Dental Labs, The Auen Foundation, and the RAP Foundation. In-kind sponsors include KUNA-TV Telemundo, La Poderosa 96.7 FM and SunLine Transit Agency.
For more information about California CareForce, go to www.californiacareforce.org/patients/coachella