Seattle/King County Clinic is one month into volunteer registration and as of June 29, 1,702 unique volunteers had signed up for 2,658 assignments during the week of the Clinic. They have filled:
- 67% of Medical assignments
- 60% of General Support assignments
- 36% of Dental assignments
- 24% of Vision assignments
- 14% of Healthcare Resource assignments
Seattle/King County Clinic brings together healthcare organizations, civic agencies, non-profits, private businesses and volunteers from across the State of Washington to produce a giant free health clinic in KeyArena at Seattle Center. The four-day volunteer-driven clinic provides a full range of free dental, vision and medical care to underserved and vulnerable populations in the region.
The Washington State Nurses Association is a partner in the Clinic, and we encourage you to volunteer! More information, including volunteer assignment descriptions and a sign-up form, is available at www.seattlecenter.org/volunteers.
Thursday and Sunday are the days the Clinic experiences the most difficulty getting volunteers.
Patient outreach begins in a couple of weeks. Flyers and posters have been translated into multiple languages. If you aren’t able to volunteer, perhaps you can help spread the word. The webpage for patient information is seattlecenter.org/patients. This includes detailed FAQs and flyers available for download. Your assistance sharing this opportunity with people who struggle to access and/or afford health care is appreciated!
If you’ve never been to the Clinic before, you may not be aware of the extent of the services offered. New additions this year include:
- Dermatologists will provide skin cancer screenings and assist in evaluating skin conditions discovered during exams.
- Occupational Therapy will join our popular Physical Therapy area to focus on hand, wrist and elbow issues.
- Working with King County and Public Health, the Clinic will be making naloxone (medication to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose) available to those who may require it or have a close relation who does.
- UW Medicine is partnering with SKCC to expand the use of a mobile phone app that helps people with mental and behavioral health needs to remember to take medications, address voices, or deal with depression and anxiety. Studies have shown that patients are more likely to utilize the FOCUS app than visit a clinic or attend a counseling session. The tool will be installed for free on the phones of patients who may benefit from it.
Be a part of it by volunteering at www.seattlecenter.org/volunteers.