Several months ago, I wrote about low-cost and free medical clinics located in several western and central Oregon counties. There's one I need to add to the list: InReach Services. It's located in Albany and serves adults and children living in Albany, Millersburg and Tangent who do not have health insurance. Medical care is provided on Thursday evenings. Sign-up begins at 5 p.m., and patients are seen on a first come, first served basis, with children being seen first.
For students attending public schools in Multnomah County, Kaiser Foundation Health Plans of the Northwest (KFHPNW) offers free and low cost health care. There are several sign-up events coming up in December. Multnomah Educational Service District outreach specialists will be available at these events to help families navigate the application process and answer any questions.
As they say, it takes a village, but not just to raise a child. In the case of Compassion Ridgefield, a health and human service fair coming up on September 10, it takes a collective of local churches, volunteers and health professionals working together to bring free health care to members of Clark County who are without insurance or without enough of it to get much needed services.