Telemedicine provides bladder cancer screenings to uninsured

Telemedicine provides bladder cancer screenings to uninsured

By: Kristi OConnor WCYB WISE, Va. – A lack of doctors in southwest Virginia is making it hard for patients to get access to healthcare at a reasonable price. A new study at the University of Virginia is providing patients in our area access to care without doctors being physically present. Researchers believe the screenings…

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The enormous pop-up clinic trying to bridge America’s health divide

The enormous pop-up clinic trying to bridge America’s health divide

For three days in July, thousands of Americans who cannot afford private healthcare converge on a field in Appalachia for the largest pop-up health clinic in the country. And many of them have not seen a doctor or a dentist in years by Amy Woolard thegurardian.com   Nearly 33 million Americans – more than 10%…

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Drone-delivered health care in rural Appalachia

Drone-delivered health care in rural Appalachia

Clinicaladvisor.com Nurse-managed health clinics provide care to some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged populations in the United States. The Health Wagon is one such clinic that serves southwest Virginia in the impoverished rural Appalachian region with the innovative use of mobile healthcare delivery. Ninety-eight percent of the Health Wagon’s patients are uninsured, and 78%…

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Uninsured In Coal Country: Desperate Americans Still Turn To Volunteer Clinics

Uninsured In Coal Country: Desperate Americans Still Turn To Volunteer Clinics

By Sarah Varney khn.org GRUNDY, Virginia — Sandra Cook got in line midday on a recent Friday for dental care that she wouldn’t receive until the next morning. Hundreds more like her showed up at Riverview Elementary and Middle School here, many planning to spend the night, just as buses brought kids home and volunteers…

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Health Wagon to offer free colon check ups in Southwest Virginia on Oct. 20, 21

Health Wagon to offer free colon check ups in Southwest Virginia on Oct. 20, 21

WJHL11.com NORTON, VA (WJHL) – The Health Wagon is partnering with local clinics to offer free colonoscopies and endoscopes to those living in southwest Virginia. The effort is in partnership with Barnabas Health, Norton Community Hospital, and Watauga Pathology. the event is taking place at Norton Community Hospital on October 20 and 21. So far, 50…

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Guest column: Three docs explain the shame and glory of the Wise free medical clinic

Guest column: Three docs explain the shame and glory of the Wise free medical clinic

By Ike Koziol, Kenneth Olshansky and David F. Gardner – Ricmond Times-Dispatch The annual Remote Area Medical Clinic was held in Wise County in Southwest Virginia from July 21-24. This clinic treated more than 2,000 individuals who have no health insurance. It is an event that stirred up emotions of pride and anger in all…

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Health Wagon offers free services on Women’s Health Day

Health Wagon offers free services on Women’s Health Day

Dorothy Hurt – Bristol Hearold Courier WISE, Va. — The Health Wagon will be offering a free Women’s Health Day Aug. 11-12. Services include free pap smears, free medical follow-up for women diagnosed with abnormal pap smears in the past, colposcopy and LEEP procedures, clinical breast exams, diabetes and cholesterol screenings and blood pressure checks.…

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VDA volunteers treat over 1,200 at Wise County RAM

VDA volunteers treat over 1,200 at Wise County RAM

Stephen Igo – Kingsport Times News RICHMOND — Virginia Dental Association dentists and oral surgeons provided free care for 1,232 patients during last month’s Wise County Remote Area Medical, the group reported on Monday. The VDA estimates the total value of donated services during the 17th annual Wise County RAM at $1,323,789 during the three-day…

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17th Wise County RAM set for July 22-24

17th Wise County RAM set for July 22-24

Stephen Igo – Kingsport Times News WISE — Remote Area Medical (RAM), the nation’s largest free medical, dental and vision health services event, will return for its 17th year in Wise County July 22-24. RAM is an all-volunteer organization that provides free health care services to rural communities in the U.S. and abroad. RAM of Virginia…

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Aetna Better Health Gives $100,000 in Community Grants in Virginia

Aetna Better Health Gives $100,000 in Community Grants in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aetna Better Health of Virginia, a Medicaid health plan contracted with the Commonwealth of Virginia, has announced it is making $100,000 in community grants to five Virginia non-profit organizations that focus on improving the health care and quality of life of Virginians. The grants are: $50,000 to The Health Wagon, a non-profit that…

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