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posted Friday, June 1, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 22
Seattle/King County Clinic returns for a fifth year
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Seattle/King County Clinic returns for a fifth year

Four-day free health clinic to occur one month earlier in 2018, Sept. 20-23

Seattle/King County Clinic celebrates its fifth year in Key Arena at Seattle Center, Sept. 20-23. Organizers have ambitious goals of recruiting 1,000 volunteers per day to provide over $3.5 million in free dental, vision, and medical services to people in need.

Seattle/King County Clinic is the largest event of its kind in the state of Washington. Produced in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, the City of Seattle, Philips Healthcare, Public Health - Seattle & King County, and more than 100 health care organizations, civic agencies, nonprofits, and private businesses, the Clinic brings together thousands of volunteers and the organizing and event expertise of Seattle Center to address acute health issues among vulnerable and underserved populations.

'At a time when so many in our region struggle to meet basic needs, Seattle/King County Clinic is a beacon of caring and generosity,' said Christine Lindquist, executive director of the Washington Healthcare Access Alliance. 'Seattle/King County Clinic provides immediate dental, vision, and medical care, and connects patients to resources beyond the clinic walls. It also demonstrates the good we can accomplish when we work together as diverse partners to serve others and effect change.'

The Clinic needs health care professionals and general support volunteers to fill a broad range of functions and shifts. It also seeks volunteers for the days before and after the four-day event to help with preparation and wrap-up. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Individuals may register at seattlecenter.org/volunteers.

Since the inception of Seattle/King County Clinic in 2014, more than 13,800 volunteers have participated. Clinic outcomes speak to the accomplishments of this immense effort in responding to a profound need in our community for accessible and affordable health care. Seattle/King County Clinic includes over 100 dental operatories, 58 medical treatment rooms, and 10 vision lanes. Patients can receive a variety of services, ranging from dental fillings and extractions, eye examinations, physicals, behavioral health care, and social work to prescription eyeglasses, immunizations, laboratory tests, mammograms, ultrasounds, and X-rays.

In its first four years, the Clinic provided $14 million in direct services to 16,300 patients who came from 262 unique zip codes and spoke 51 primary languages. Clinic patients are parents, children, elders, veterans, immigrants, refugees, people living homeless, and, in large part, wage earners who struggle with the high cost of living. As one volunteer stated, 'I was truly surprised to see that people seeking services were just like me, my family, my co-workers and neighbors. That was the biggest realization for me: folks who desperately need these services aren't 'them,' they're us.'

Producing an event of this magnitude represents the serious dedication of a caring community to address health care issues at the local level, to make a difference for the most vulnerable among us, and to raise awareness about who is left out of the current health care system.

Find out more about Seattle/King County Clinic by visiting seattlecenter.org/skcclinic or by calling 206-684-7200.

About Clinic Partners
These are just some of the organizations that collaborate to produce Seattle/King County Clinic and contribute needed resources and expertise: 141 Eyewear, 3M ESPE, AEG Facilities, All Home King County, America's Dentists Care Foundation, Arcora Foundation, Auston James Photography, the Ballmer Group Philanthropy, Bellevue Dentistry, Benco Dental, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Burkhart Dental Supply, Ceres Roasting Company, the City of Seattle, Dave's Killer Bread, DCG ONE, Dentsply Sirona, Dunn Lumber Co., Einstein Bros. Bagels, Essilor Vision Foundation, European Vine Selections, Field Roast, Franz Bakery, Greek Gods Yogurt, Group Health Foundation, Heidelberg Engineering Inc., Henry Schein Inc., the Hepatitis Education Project, HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response, InDemand Interpreting, Ivoclar Vivadent Inc., Jorgenson-Peninsula Optical Supply, Kaiser Permanente, KIND, King County 2-1-1, the King County Nurses Association, KLS Martin LP, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Laney Dental, Le Panier, Levy Restaurants, Macrina Bakery, the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization, Medical Teams International, Mediterranean Inn, Microsoft, Mid-Gulf Instruments, Moccasin Lake Foundation, Navos, the Norcliffe Foundation, the Oak View Group, Optometric Physicians of Washington, Pacific Office Automation, Pagliacci Pizza, Patterson Dental, the Patterson Foundation, PCC Community Markets, Philips Healthcare, the Physical Therapy Association of Washington, Project Access Northwest, Providence St. Joseph Health, Public Health - Seattle & King County, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Q3 Assets | Lite Tite, Ripe Catering, Seattle Animal Shelter, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Center, the Seattle Center Foundation, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, the Seattle Fire Department, the Seattle Housing Authority, Seattle Information Technology, the Seattle-King County Dental Society, the Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, the Seattle Police Department, the Seattle Public Library, Septodont, Shofu Dental Corporation, the Space Needle, SPARK, Swedish Medical Center, Sysco Corporation, TheraTek USA, Ultradent Products Inc., UW Medicine, the UW School of Dentistry, the UW School of Public Health, Valley Cities, Virginia Mason, VOSH Northwest, the Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, the Washington Academy of General Dentistry, the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Washington Dental Hygienists' Association, the Washington Healthcare Access Alliance, the Washington State Chiropractic Association, the Washington State Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Laboratory Association, the Washington State Department of Health, the Washington State Nurses Association, the Washington State Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Welch Allyn, and Wells Fargo.

Courtesy of the City of Seattle

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