Philly Remote Area Medical clinic: Pop-up event seeks volunteers

Philly Remote Area Medical clinic: Pop-up event seeks volunteers

The pop-up clinics are open to adults and children on a first-come, first-serve basis. Organizers say they’re looking for local health providers who have active licenses and are trained to practice in all different areas of care to staff the upcoming clinic.

Philly Remote Area Medical clinic: Pop-up event seeks volunteers
Remote Area Medical hosts pop-up clinics in cities across the country to offer free medical, dental and vision care for adults and children. The clinics are staffed by local providers who volunteer their time and clinical skills. (Courtesy Remote Area Medical)

Volunteer providers can be primary and specialty physicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, phlebotomists, dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, oral surgeons, optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians and others.

Hutchins said these clinics also need volunteers who can interpret and translate health information between providers and patients who speak other languages.

“Even if we have providers there to serve, if we can’t communicate effectively, that’s just another barrier that we look to face,” he said. “That is a big challenge in a lot of communities that we go to.”

Organizers say they will be looking for professional volunteers until two weeks before the pop-up event.

The clinic will open at 6 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 24. Patients will be seen until slots fill up. People do not need proof of identification, residency or health insurance status in order to get care.

Philly-area providers interested in volunteering to staff the upcoming clinic can sign up at Remote Area Medical.

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