Remote Area Medical will be in Fentress County in September to provide free dental, vision and medical care to underserved and uninsured people.
The clinic will set be open on September 8 and 9, 2018 at South Fentress Elementary School on Wilder Road in Grimsley. Ticket distribution begins at 3 a.m. and patients will be seen based on their ticket number when the clinic doors open at 6 a.m. The same process will be used September 9.
According to U.S. census data, the poverty rate in Fentress County is 21.4 percent, far exceeding the national average of 12.7 percent. Additionally, one out of every eight people under the age of 65 lacks health insurance coverage. Because of these factors, RAM expects to treat approximately 500 people from Fentress County and surrounding communities during the two-day clinic.
RAM last visited Fentress County in 2002 where the organization provided $6,075 worth of free veterinary care to 86 animals.
RAM is still in need of additional vision and dental professionals to volunteer their time and skills in Fentress County. For more information about volunteering at a RAM mobile medical clinic, please visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.