The U.S. Department of Defense, along with the Purchase Area Development District and the Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation, will host an eight-day health and wellness clinic for residents of western Kentucky, southern Illinois and southeast Missouri.

Through the DoD's Innovative Readiness Training program, Operation Trident will bring health care providers with the U.S. military to Ballard County; Sikeston, Missouri; and Cairo, Illinois, to provide basic medical, dental and optical screenings at no cost to patients or the community.

These screenings will be held from this Friday through June 22. Services are available to all residents age 2 and up who are uninsured, underinsured or in need of quality care. No proof of insurance or identification is needed.

The clinics will be open to the general public in the Ballard County Middle School gymnasium at 3565 Paducah Road in Barlow, Cairo High School in Cairo, and Miner Baptist Church in Sikeston. No appointments are necessary, but residents are encouraged to arrive early to ensure an opening for services.

The clinic will be closed on Sunday, but will open its doors every other day during the eight-day mission from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Tuesday and Thursday, the clinic will stay open until 7 p.m.

Services provided will include non-emergency medical treatments and screenings; sports physicals; dental cleanings, fillings and tooth extractions; and eye exams, with single-vision prescription glasses made on-site.

Residents also will be able to get information at clinic sites about local health care services, public health programs, health resources and general community resources.

This mission is led by the Air National Guard in partnership with active-duty Army and Air Force, and Navy and Air Force Reserve.

For more information, contact Paula Kinchen at 573-379-3851, ext. 107, or email pkinchen@daeoc.com.

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