DoD, DRA Will Host Medical Mission to Promote Wellness in Southern Illinois

June 12, 2018

Clinic in Harrisburg Open June 18-27

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Delta Regional Authority (DRA) will hold a healthcare mission in Harrisburg, IL., that will deliver no-cost medical, dental and optical care to residents across the region. The mission will be open daily at Harrisburg Middle School from June 18-27. The middle school is located at 312 Bulldog Blvd (get directions).

You do not have to be an area resident to receive treatment; anyone who attends will receive care on a first-come, first-serve basis. The “Southern Care” Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) mission will provide medical services to everyone ages 2+.

“DRA, along with our partners at DoD, is glad to assist DoD and Governor Bruce Rauner to provide quality healthcare services at no cost to area residents,” said DRA Chairman Chris Caldwell. “While helping Delta residents receive valuable healthcare services, the mission also provides vital field training for our men and women in uniform, strengthening the relationship between Delta residents and members of our military.”

The mission will provide services every day from 8 a.m.–6 p.m., except for June 24 and June 27, when the hours will be 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

“We are honored to be able to put on our uniform and work together with community partners to provide needed medical services here in America.  The Southern Illinois Innovative Readiness Training mission provides real-world training opportunities for our soldiers to use their military skills while supporting the needs of the community, which is a win for everyone,” said Maj. Gen. Mary Link, Army Reserve Medical Command commanding general. “Our soldiers are excited to work with Harrisburg residents, building a stronger connection between the military and the communities that we and our families call home.”

“The Delta Regional Authority and U.S. Department of Defense are doing vital work bringing the basic healthcare services many of us take for granted to people who really need them,” said Governor Bruce Rauner (R-IL). “By providing medical, dental and optical care we can ensure families throughout Southern Illinois are healthy.”

Services provided will include non-emergency medical treatments and screenings, dental cleanings, fillings, tooth extractions, eye exams and single-vision prescription glasses. In addition to receiving medical services, residents will be able to obtain information at clinic sites about local healthcare services, public health programs, resources and general healthcare information to promote continued wellness.

“Where you live should not determine your ability to access quality healthcare,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). ”This important mission from DRA and DoD will help ensure that Southern Illinois families can obtain quality medical treatments and preventative screenings, ultimately improving wellness in the region.” 

“I applaud DRA and DoD for their efforts to bring affordable healthcare to Harrisburg and all of Saline County,” said U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). “This mission will help ensure that Illinois families, no matter where they live, are able to get the quality and affordable healthcare they deserve.”

“This is a great opportunity for those without health insurance to see healthcare professionals from the military for free,” said U.S. Rep John Shimkus (IL-15). "Events like this not only provide a critical community service, but also help our military personnel gain valuable training and experience.”

No appointments are necessary, though residents are encouraged to arrive early to ensure an opening for services. For more information, those interested in care can call 866-611-5627. Residents do not need to call ahead. All they have to do is show up at the location.

Joint IRT missions involving the military and DRA have been conducted for nine years and have delivered medical services to 80,000 Delta residents in 16 rural communities.

Earlier this month, the military and DRA conducted the Alabama Wellness IRT mission, which treated 6,750 patients in Monroeville and Thomasville, AL.

 

About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. To date, the DRA’s SEDAP investments, together with its state and local partners, have leveraged more than $3.7 billion in public and private investment into local small business owners, entrepreneurs, workers, and infrastructure development projects. These investments have helped create or retain more than 37,000 jobs, trained more than 3,700 workers for 21st Century jobs and provided water and sewer service to more than 66,000 residents since DRA was established. Learn more at dra.gov.

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Contact: Andrew Moreau
202-744-3558
amoreau@dra.gov