Thousands Turn out for Free Health Clinic

By Nesita Kwan
|  Friday, Aug 19, 2011  |  Updated 10:35 PM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Up to 1,000 people each day are expected to receive free health care during the three-day clinic.

Up to 1,000 people each day are expected to receive free health care during the three-day clinic.

advertisement
Photos and Videos

Thousands Line Up for Free Clinic

Dental exams, teeth cleanings, fillings, eye exams and even a pair of eye glasses are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
More Photos and Videos

More than 1.5 million people in Illinois are uninsured, and many others have just bare bones coverage.

That’s why more than 600 medical professionals from 24 states came to Malcolm X college Friday for a three-day clinic in which dentists, doctors, opthalmologists, and many others are working for free: offering health care to people who couldn’t otherwise afford it -- or have never even had it.

For the hundreds of people who lined up starting at 3 a.m. Friday, this may be the only way to get a medical evaluation, or maybe the first time they’ve had one in years.

Dr. Ken Nelson, of the Illinois non-profit CURE, helped spearhead the movable clinic.

He said one exam can lead to another. People may come in to get their teeth cleaned and their eyes checked and learn that they have diabetes, for example.

It’s expected the clinic will serve 1,000 people a day from its location at 1900 West Jackson. But organizers say the more volunteers they have, the more people they can help.

They’re putting out a call for medical professionals, especially dental assistants, nurses and optometrists.

Whether you’d like to help, or need some help, you can learn more by logging on to www.curenetwork.org or call 877-278-7631.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our Weather App
Stay ahead of the storm with the NBC 5... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out