As vice president of the SoCal Chapter of the Flying Doctors (Los Médicos Voladores), I wish to thank the many people of the community who attended the Community Health and Veterans Outreach event and received much needed dental, vision and chiropractic care.
The event would not have been possible without the sponsorship of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District. Also, the event could not have been held without the partnership of Healing California Charities, who provided all the equipment and supplies. Support from the Copper Mountain College and the use of the Bell Center provided one of the best venues we have seen. Key was the arrival of local Elks club members the day before who set up all the equipment.
Most of all, I wish to thank the many local volunteers who worked side by side with the dental, optometric and chiropractic volunteers of Healing California, Flying Doctors and the staff of the Healthcare District. Many volunteers returned to the Morongo Basin to “give back” to their community.
The event showcased students of the Copper Mountain College nursing program as well as members of the Morongo Unified School District Registered Dental Assisting Program.
We look forward to being invited back next year. We would bring an increased capability by expanding our dental treatment area from 15 chairs to 20 chairs. Given the high demand for vision services, we would like to expand our vision capabilities to include positions for four optometrists allowing us to provide vision services for up to 100 people.