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Maui County Tropic Care 2018
Tropic Care Back in Maui County to Once Again Offer No-Cost Health Care to Local Community
Wailuku, Maui - Maui County residents who are interested in no-cost medical, dental or vision healthcare services will have a chance to get checked out by professionals at the 2018 Tropic Care event being held next month on Maui, Molokai and Lanai.
Tropic Care health services are offered by the U.S. military's Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program as part of a joint-service training mission funded by the Department of Defense (DOD). According to the IRT Mission Statement, their goal is to "produce mission-ready forces through military training opportunities that provide key services for American communities."
"Maui Tropic Care is a very exciting mission for us," said Lt. Col. James Jones of the Alabama Air National Guard's 187th Medical Group and officer in charge of Maui Tropic Care 2018. "It is an opportunity where members of the Air National Guard, Air Force, Army, Navy Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve can train together in a real world setting while at the same time helping the local communities. The training will help to prepare us for future deployments."
According to the DOD more than 350 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines will arrive on Maui County and provide no-cost health services from August 11-19 at six locations on all three islands. The clinics will open up at 8 a.m daily and stay open until 4 p.m. except for the last day on August 19, when the clinics need to close down early. Hours and services are subject to change based upon equipment and resources.
- Mitchell Pauole Center on Molokai (open 8 to 11:30 a.m. on August 19)
- County Gymnasium on Lanai (open from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on August 19)
- Old School Cafeteria in Hana (open from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on August 19)
- St. Theresa Church in South Maui (open from noon to 4 p.m. on August 19)
- Waiola Church in West Maui (open from noon to 4 p.m. on August 19)
- University of Hawaii Maui College in Central Maui (open 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on August 19)
There is no proof of residency, income, insurance or ID required for Tropic Care services. Health care services will include:
- physical exams, schools sports physicals (must bring school forms) and blood pressure and health screenings
- dental exams, extractions and fillings
- vision screenings and eye-wear prescriptions. Single-vision eyeglass fabrication will be available on Maui for later pick-up. Eyeglass fabrication is subject to stock on hand and no eyeglasses based upon outside prescriptions will be filled.
All Tropic Care patients will be seen on a first-come/first-serve basis and each patient can only be seen for one service (medical, dental or vision) a day. Clinic organizers recommend that patients arrive as soon as possible during clinic hours to secure a same-day service time.
"I encourage anyone who needs to get some basic medical, dental or vision services to come out and get some help while Tropic Care is here," said Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa. "Tropic Care was here in 2013 and we had a lot of people stand in line for the DOD's health care services all over Maui, as well as Lanai and Molokai.
We are grateful they are back again because we still have people out there who can use their assistance."
The County of Maui as well as the State Department of Health, Maui Economic Opportunity, the Maui United Way, Coalition for a Drug Free Lanai and Pulama Lanai are assisting the DOD with promoting the event, finding volunteers for clinic operations as well as providing materials, equipment, manpower and other support services.
The following local sponsors should also be recognized for providing funding to help support this event including, Maui Health System, HMSA, Na Hoaloha 'Ekolu, Maui Electric, Goodfellow Bros. Inc. and the Maui Quarantine Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation.
For more information about Tropic Care or to volunteer for a Tropic Care clinic visit https://www.mauicounty.gov/1933/Tropic-Care-2018. A Maui Tropic Care 2018 Facebook page is also available https://www.facebook.com/tropiccare2018/ as well as a Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/204845513703358/.
DOD Tropic Care Public Affairs Officer, Capt. Hans Zeiger can be reached at (253) 905-8160. For local media contact Maui County Communications Director Rod Antone at (808) 270-8222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: Saturday, August 11th, 2018 to Sunday, August 19th, 2018
Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Island Area: Central Maui