California CareForce Coachella Valley Free Clinic

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California CareForce is 501c(3) founded to organize and operate temporary mobile free medical, dental and vision clinics.  We are an all-volunteer group and have been organizing these clinics for several years.  Last year some very generous donations allowed us to purchase almost all of our own equipment.  This will allow us to operate more clinics here in California.

We held a 4 Day free Medical, Dental and Vision Clinic at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio CA on April 3-6, 2014. All services were free to the patients. 1,964 patients received 8,802 services valued at $907,447. We fed all the patients during the clinic and provided as many as possible with follow up care for serious medical problems needing additional care.

CareForce IMG_9008All medical professionals and general volunteers donated their time and resources for the event. Almost 900 volunteers volunteered over 12,000 hours for the clinic.

Volunteers included MD’s, Nurses, Chiropractors, Physician’s Assistants, Hygienists, X-ray Techs, Dentists, Oral Surgeons, Dental Assistants, Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, Optical Techs as well as general volunteers of all kinds.CareForceIMG_9032

Our services included complete eye examinations for all vision patients. We also made patients new prescription glasses on site while they waited. At this clinic we provided over 700 new pairs of prescription glasses.

We have an extensive dental operation doing x-rays, dental surgery, fillings and reconstruction as well as dental cleanings. Over 1300 patients received much needed help over four days.

CareForceIMG_9067We also have a medical section where over 900 patients were able to talk to various medical specialties about their conditions, get blood pressure and glucose and diabetes screening and get prescriptions. We also did referrals for serious illnesses.

At California CareForce we own almost all of the equipment to run our clinics including dental tools, dental stations, eye exam equipment and machines to make prescription glasses. We have developed our own custom patient management software to maintain patient records and custom dental support equipment. We plan and organize all of this so that we can transport everything to a location, setup a clinic in two days and then operate it for several days. All of this effort is funded by generous donations and fully supported by volunteers.

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Coachella Valley local news articles on our free clinic.
http://palmdesert.patch.com/groups/business-updates/p/coachella-valley-healthcare-professionals-asked-to-rally-for-massive-4day-health-care-clinic
http://deserthealthnews.com/stories/coachella-v
alley-expedition-2014/
http://www.kmir.com/story/25136396/free-health-clinic-coming-to-riverside-county-fairgrounds-in-indio

CareForceIMG_9187We want to thank the Henry Schein Cares Foundation for their generous support.

 

For more information on California CareForce:
Pam Congdon
California CareForce President, Volunteer
pam@CaliforniaCareForce.org
(916) 749-4170

http://www.CaliforniaCareForce.org/

http://Facebook.com/CaliforniaCareForce

 

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