Emory Remote Area Medical (RAM) was started as a response to tackle the severe shortage of healthcare facilities in remote areas locally. Our mission is to prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free, quality healthcare to those in need. With over 10% of Georgians lacking health insurance and only 47 short-term rural hospitals able to provide care for the 1,800,000+ rural residents in Georgia, the rural healthcare system is both overburdened and underfunded. Thus, we aim to establish the first-ever RAM clinic in Georgia, which will be hosted in Louisville, GA in September 2021. With this clinic, Emory RAM aims to treat 600 patients and provide over $200,000 worth of medical treatments at no cost to the patients.
Emory RAM, a student-led chapter of the national RAM organization, is working to set up a clinic in Louisville, Georgia from September 25th to September 26th, 2021. It will be the first RAM initiative of its kind in the state of Georgia and will serve to provide rural Georgians with quality dental, vision, and health care. Services at this clinic will include dentistry work such as extractions, fillings and repairs, eye exams, distribution of glasses to those who demonstrate need, educational pamphlets and programs focused on healthy living, and routine checkups. In addition, breast exams, diabetes screenings, physicals, and other preventive health interventions will be available for patients.
With this clinic, Emory RAM aims to treat approximately 400 patients and provide over $200,000 worth of medical treatments at no cost to the patients. RAM clinics over the last year have collectively provided treatment to 45,000 patients and have provided 15 million dollars of medical treatments. Healthcare professionals and volunteers will be recruited to serve these patients and provide necessary care. Machinery such as x-ray machines, optometry phoropters, and dental equipment will be provided by the national RAM organization to increase the depth at which attendees can be evaluated for health issues. We recognize the importance of sustained medical attention to drive lasting health changes in communities. Thus, follow-up care will be provided for the patients, which includes but is not limited to physical examinations, imaging tests, blood tests, and pap smears. Through the provision of follow-up care, we can work towards a healthier future for these often-ignored communities as we connect residents with long-term care through the recruitment of healthcare providers and services.
We have established a goal of $10,000 to make this clinic a reality! With your support we will be one step closer to providing Georgians with the critical care needed. Gifts of all amounts and at any level will mitigate the costs associated with running a free clinic significantly! We can not thank you enough for making our efforts and service possible through your generosity.