A Giant, Free Clinic Will Be Open in DTLA for Three Days This November

Care Harbor helps uninsured Angelenos stay healthy and safe

From November 17-19 the L.A.-based nonprofit Care Harbor will host its 8th free mega-clinic, bringing together over 50 local organizations to provide medical, dental and vision services to thousands of uninsured and underinsured Angelenos. The volunteer-run event is slated to take place at the 60,000-square-foot REEF exhibition hall downtown (1933 S. Broadway), and it will offer a wide range of services, including but not limited to:

  • Primary care exams and specialist exams
  • Screenings and immunizations
  • Root canals, fillings, and extractions
  • Eye exams and prescription glasses

With the future of the Affordable Care Act in question and over 750,000 county residents still uninsured, Care Harbor CEO Don Manelli says the volunteer-run clinic represents the kind of grassroots response that we need to see happen in healthcare today. “We’re trying to create accessibility for people who have nowhere to turn,” said Manelli. Aside from medical services, visitors will have access to information on preventative care, will be able to schedule follow-up appointments, and will be encouraged to explore more permanent coverage options.

Photo courtesy of Jackie Aker

To sign up, patients simply need to visit one of Care Harbor’s designated wristband distribution centers on specific days, at specific locations, on November 11 and 12th. They’ll be provided with educational materials and can choose the day they want to visit. Wristbands are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Manelli says his organization hopes to serve at least 3,000 patients over the course of the three days.

More information about attending the event can be found on Care Harbor’s website. If you’re already covered but want to help provide care, sign up to volunteer here. Manelli says that the organization is always in need of more doctors, optometrists and dentists, but all kinds of help is welcome.

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