U.S. military reserve forces are offering a free medical and dental clinic in three delta locations this week.
The clinics are part of a partnership between the Delta Regional Authority and the U.S. Department of Defense. Named “Innovative Readiness Training,” the program, “improves military readiness by providing trained military medical personnel with in-field emergency response training while simultaneously providing quality healthcare services to communities throughout the Delta region,” the Delta Regional Authority’s Website says.
“By utilizing their extensive resources, the military is able to meet some of the region’s most urgent health needs.”
The medical missions are selected by a community application process, and the DRA is involved in the planning along with the DOD.
In addition to basic medical and wellness exams, and dental exams and extractions, the mission will provide vision exams and single vision glasses to those who participate.
During an IRT mission, local communities provide necessary infrastructure and sanitary services such as locations, water and restroom facilities.
The military units that respond bring personnel and training resources. Because they participate in the training mission, troops are better prepared for deployment to military missions in which their expertise may be needed.
“IRT missions produce mission-ready forces, civil-military partnerships, and stronger communities by providing quality healthcare services to communities,” the DRA Website says.
The mission is completely free to civilian patients on a first come, first served basis for anyone age 3 or older. Three locations in the region — Lakeside High School in Lake Village; General Trass High School in Lake Providence, La.; and Greenville High School in Greenville, Miss. — will serve as bases for the training.
The mission continue operating from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.