If you’re one of the approximated 112,000 people in the Sacramento area with little or no health insurance, a California volunteer group wants to help you see a doctor.
Between Sept. 21 and 23, California CareForce, a charitable branch of the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, in partnership with local nonprofits and health care professionals, is providing a clinic at Cal Expo to offer free dental, vision and medical care to individuals and families in the region, according to a press release.
The event starts at 7 a.m. each day and is expected to end around 4 or 5 p.m. depending on the number of patients seen.
Attendees will be given wristbands on a first-come, first-served basis at 4 p.m. each day for use on the following day, according to information provided to The Bee by CareForce. Everyone with a wristband will have a chance to be seen. The number of wristbands given will depend on how many medical professionals volunteer to see and treat patients.
Wristbands for the first day of services, Sept. 21, will be handed out on Thursday, Sept. 20.
The organization expects 600 to 1,000 attendees per day and more than 500 volunteer health care professionals from the Sacramento area are expected to participate. The clinic, which will be held in Buildings C and D at Cal Expo, will provide 70 dental stations, 20 medical exam rooms and 10 vision lanes. A vision lab will also be on-site to provide prescription eye glasses, according to the release.
CareForce’s partner organizations include, Sacramento Covered, Opening Doors, Salvation Army, Wellspring Women’s Center, Union Gospel Mission and Wellspace Health. CareForce said it is still looking for several volunteers, including medical professionals and general volunteers for the three-day event.
No personal identification, employment verification or proof of insurance is needed at the clinic. Services will include consultations and diagnosis and treatment of minor medical issues, the release said.
Those who attend are encouraged to bring prescription medications, loose-fit clothing appropriate for medical exams, food and drinks and some form of entertainment as wait times will be lengthy. CareForce limits services to one per day, per person.
CareForce has held the clinic several times in Sacramento since the first one in 2011. Last year’s clinic drew 1,500 people. The clinic will return to Sacramento next October, CareForce said.
A version of this story was also published in the print edition of The Sacramento Bee in the local section on page 2B Sept. 11, 2018.