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Volunteers Needed for Alabama's First Remote Area Medical (RAM) Event in Gadsden,
March 27-29 

Please join us for Alabama’s first Remote Area Medical (RAM) event, March 27-29, 2020, in Gadsden, Alabama. Sponsored by the Fifth District Dental Society, the RAM event will provide free dental exams, x-rays, and emergency dental treatments for the citizens of Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Marshall, St. Clair and Talladega counties.

The Alabama Dental Association, through its Foundation, has provided a grant along with other local Gadsden area partners to underwrite the expense of the RAM Event. Alabama Dental Association member dentists from Northeast Alabama and other parts of the State will provide care to those in the area who cannot afford the cost of emergency dental treatment.

This “rural mission” will be the first ever held in Alabama, and organizers anticipate treating 1,000 patients with 400 volunteers. The Clinic will be set up on Friday, March 27, 2020 and treatment will be delivered on Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29. 

As an ALDA Member, we want to make you are aware of the RAM Event and extend an invitation to attend and provide dental treatment to those in need. Definitive dental treatment (extractions, fillings and cleanings), as well as definitive vision treatment (eye glasses made onsite), and definitive medical treatment (women's health, pap smears and emergency care) will be provided by licensed Alabama medical professionals. Dental, optometry, medical and nursing students will also provide care under the direct supervision of calibrated instructors. 

Media will be invited to the RAM event to help “tell the story” of the need for adult emergency dental and other health care in Alabama. As you likely know, Alabama Dental Medicaid does not provide any dental treatment coverage for adults over the age of 19. Therefore, we hope to address some of the dental health needs of this vulnerable population.

We look forward to seeing you at the RAM Event, March 27-29, 2020, at Gadsden High School. All volunteers must register online at The weekend event to choose is Gadsden, AL 2020.