March 2017: Community Blood Drive and Envolve Vision Van

“The Mel Leaman Free Clinic envisions a region of healthy people made possible through accessible and dignified health care services for all, regardless of circumstances.”

That is the new vision of the MLFC, adopted by the Board of Directors in October 2016. In addition for focusing on improving the services available to our patients within the free clinic, we are also partnering outside the clinic to promote overall community health and well-being. To support that on-going mission, we have collaborated with several partners on some wonderful spring health events!

On March 20 and 21, 2017, we will be sponsoring a community blood drive with Emory & Henry College School of Health Sciences, Lifetime Wellness Center, Francis Marion Manor, and the Smyth County Health Department. All blood donated during the event will be used locally to support the needs in our own community.

On April 6 and 7, 2017, we are very excited to have the Envolve Vision Van on site to hold vision screenings and provide free vision exams and glasses. The Vision Van will be available on April 6 between 2:00pm and 7:00pm, and on April 7 between 9:00am and 2:00pm. Appointments are first come, first serve, and all ages are welcome. If glasses are prescribed, they will be mailed to patients 2 to 3 weeks after the exam. You can learn more about the Vision Van here: Envolve Vision Van.

On April 6, 2017, the UVA Mobile Mammography unit will be on site to provide free mammograms for MLFC patients. These appointments are scheduled in advance, but the unit will also be at the Smyth County RAM clinic on May 5, 6, and 7. We are also working with UVA to have the mobile mammography unit return to the MLFC two more times this year.

Finally, on April 7, we are working with Dr. Neil Hollyfield to have another dental screening. The dental screening is available to anyone without insurance, as well as those with Medicare and Medicaid, but not dental coverage. These required screenings are the first step to accessing dental hygiene, extractions, and restorative services through the MLFC.