LANCASTER – Dental fillings and cleanings, blood pressure checks, mammograms and acupuncture are just some of the free healthcare services that will be offered at the second Antelope Valley Mind and Body Health Event.
The event takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, October 6, at the Palmdale Learning Center, located at 38043 Division Street in Palmdale.
The LA County Department of Mental Health, along with the Tzu Chi Medical Foundation and several local medical providers have teamed up to providing 12 hours of services, free to anyone who needs it, according to organizer Sonia Hicks.
“Right now we know that a lot of people are losing their jobs, losing insurance and they don’t have the whereabouts to get the services that they need, especially in the Antelope Valley. That’s one of the reasons we’re hosting this event,” Hicks said. “This is not a screening; these are actual services that are being provided.”
Complimentary services to be offered this Sunday include:
- Dental x-rays, cleanings, fillings and extractions;
- Diabetes checks;
- Vision checks (glaucoma and visual acuity);
- General medical services; and
- Information on health care reform.
“We will also have a pharmacy there where you will be able to get your antibiotics for free,” Hicks said. The services will also include free haircuts and styling, courtesy of local hair salons, Hicks said.
“We’re not asking for any type of identification, anyone can come and get the services,” Hicks said, adding that services will be offered on a first come, first served basis. “We’re just asking you to come out and get the services if it’s what you need.”
At the inaugural event last year, more than 1,400 people were served, Hicks said. This time around, organizers are expecting at least 2,000 people.
“I encourage everyone to come out early. If you see a long line, don’t be discouraged because you will be served,” Hicks said.
Registration is preferred, but it is not required.