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Free clinics continue at Amite High through Friday, July 21

Free clinics continue at Amite High through Friday, July 21
Posted: Jul 14, 2017
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AMITE---Residents of Tangipahoa Parish and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to receive no-cost medical, dental and eye screenings through July 21.

Services are provided by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) in partnership with the Department of Defense. Any resident can participate, and no identification or insurance is needed to get treatment.

The “Louisiana Cares” clinics are part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training program, which prepares military personnel for wartime missions while providing healthcare services to underserved communities. “Louisiana Cares” also fulfills DRAs mission to improve lives across the Mississippi River Delta Region and the 252 counties and parishes it serves.

“South Louisiana residents will benefit from the unique partnership that the Delta Regional Authority has with our men and women in uniform, who volunteer their time and services to help their fellow Americans,” said DRA Chairman Chris Masingill. “These missions not only provide no-cost medical, dental and optical services to the needy, they also further strengthen the relationship between the military and American communities."

The clinics will be open to the general public from 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. on July 12, 2017 until July 21, 2017 at the following locations:

· Amite High School (Gymnasium) - 403 S Laurel St. Amite, La. 70422.

No appointments are necessary, but residents are encouraged to arrive early to ensure an opening for services. In addition to receiving medical services, residents will be able to obtain information at clinic sites about local medical programs, resources and information.

“The purpose of the IRT program is to provide real-world training opportunities for our service members to utilize the skillsets within their military occupational specialties while supporting the needs of America’s underserved communities,” said, LCDR Lisa Kumagai. “Our service members are excited to be involved in Louisiana Cares, helping to build stronger communities across our country.”

Services provided will include non-emergency medical treatments and screenings, dental cleanings, fillings, and tooth extractions, eye exams and single-vision prescription glasses. In addition to receiving medical services, residents will be able to obtain information at clinic sites about local healthcare services, public health programs, resources and general healthcare information.

“Tangipahoa Parish is proud to be the center of the Louisiana Cares mission and provide this no-cost treatment to our residents, and others from across south Louisiana,” said Parish President Robby Miller. “It is a wonderful opportunity to be selected to participate in the program, and we are thankful to DRA and our military for being here.”

DRA’s partnership with the military has helped over 85,000 patients in more than 20 communities with a total value of services worth more than $15 million.

About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. To date, the DRA’s SEDAP investments, together with its state and local partners, have leveraged more than nearly $3.5 billion in public and private investment into local small business owners, entrepreneurs, workers, and infrastructure development projects. These investments have helped create or retain more than 37,000 jobs and provided water and sewer service to more than 66,000 residents since DRA was established. To learn more about the Innovative Readiness Training program or the DRA, visit dra.gov or irt.defense.gov

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