ASHTABULA, Ohio — The Remote Location Clinical Clinic (RAM) returned to Ashtabula this weekend at Lakeside Substantial Faculty just after a two-yr hiatus from the pandemic.

In 2018, Ashtabula was the initial in the point out of Ohio to convey a RAM Clinic to the local community. Local community members and clinical gurus from throughout the region volunteered their time to support the underinsured and uninsured. RAM provides no cost clinical, eyesight and dental care with the support of additional than 800 volunteers.

“For persons who have to choose ‘Do I pay for my prescription treatment, or my kids’ extracurricular activities or do I go to the dentist,’ that may possibly be a really hard alternative for them,” Ashtabula County Commissioner J.P. Ducro stated. “This is an chance for them to not have to sacrifice something else in get to get the professional medical, dental, or eyesight treatment they will need. It’s modest-city The us showing their stuff.”

Ashtabula has provided the RAM clinic 2 times, giving nearly $1.5 million in totally free treatment. This weekend, clinic organizers said they aided far more than 500 patients.

In a latest News 5 story, Dr. Debra Balogh-Crombie said 40% of Ohioans do not have dental insurance policies.

“People are coming in embarrassed to open up their mouths and incredibly hesitant and they’re strolling out grinning ear to ear,” she stated. “The payment is a thank you and a hug. Which is soul food right there.”