Via Christi provides free healthcare at event

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Hundreds of families took advantage of Via Christi’s second annual Medical Mission clinic. The event was staffed with over 900 volunteers that helped provide a range of services to local families. 

“We identify the areas of need,” said organizer Michael Mullins. “Last year, we hosted outdoors in the Fairmount area. This year USD 259 allowed us to use Muller’s Elementary campus.” 

Those in attendance were able to be seen by primary care doctors as well as look into their vision, dental, and screening related to any areas of concern. 

“There are over 40 agencies here providing services,” said Mullins. “It’s just a lot of good care being provided today, to help folks understand where they are at, or help them find the next level of service that they need.”

The local VA office was also in attendance to make sure our veteran’s also received services. 

“I’ve seen Korean War even Vietnam Veterans that don’t even realize that we’ve had benefits here all along,” explained Stephanie Schroeder, social worker. “So, if you don’t know, it’s so great to just check and ask.”

Schroeder told KSN that events like this help people navigate through the medical system to learn how to get what they need. 

“People are really responding positively,” said Shroeder. “It’s really neat to see everyone be able to communicate with each other and ask questions, especially with the VA. I know we can be a little daunting to navigate, but they are able to come and figure out where we need to get them.”

This free clinic is offered once a year.  For information on the 2019 plans, click here.

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