Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Remote Area Medical

At the Uintah & Ouray Indian Reservation in Ft. Duchesne, Utah a group of volunteer dentists, doctors and optometrists came to provide services to tribal members. I had the day to spend there, so I ended up spending more time talking with people than taking photos. It is usually the other way around unfortunately. For more information on a wonderful group, visit

One of the largest obstacles to RAM providing more care to un- or under insured Americans is the limitations on allowing doctors to practice outside of the state where they are licensed. Even for charitable organizations like this, the credential process needed to get volunteer doctors to be allowed to work outside of state, is very difficult if not impossible for an organization that is 100% privately funded and void of any government or corporate funding. So if you are more interested email or call them and ask how to help. There is a schedule of locations where they do these health camps on their site, check to see if they are coming to a town near you.

To read Geoff Liesik's story on the event here in Utah please click HERE.

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