The Delta Regional Authority is partnering with the U.S. Department of Defense to host a medical mission in Lake Village in July 2021 as part of the Delta Wellness Mission 2021.
This mission, part of the Innovation Readiness Training (IRT) program, is designed to bring medical, dental and optical care to Arkansas Delta residents. The health care services, including basic medical exams, eye exams, providing single lens prescription glasses and dental services, will be offered at no cost.
IRT mobilizes reserve military members to provide the health care services. In addition to meeting the Delta’s health care needs, the mission serves as an emergency response training exercise for the U.S. military reserve members.
“This mission will provide vital health care services for Arkansans while simultaneously offering practical experience for military medical professionals. I welcome the Department of Defense and the Delta Regional Authority’s partnership that will promote health and wellness for residents of southeast Arkansas,” U.S. Senator John Boozman said in a statement.
During the 10-day mission, the DRA will assist local communities and the DOD with planning and implementation.
“A community’s economic competitiveness is strengthened by the health and well-being of its workforce,” DRA spokeswoman Shawna Blair said. “The Delta Regional Authority is proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to implement IRT missions, which provide immediate healthcare services to our residents who need it most. The unique partnership, which includes the participation of Joint military forces of both active and reserve components as well as additional support within our host communities, executes IRT missions at no cost to those treated.”
The Lake Village mission site will be located at Lakeside High School and will take place from July 8 to July 18. There are two other missions scheduled to take place in Greenville, Miss. and Lake Providence, La.
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