Local doctors will provide free teeth cleaning and eye screening for the clinic Aug. 9-11 at Cobo Hall.


Detroit — Any uninsured or underinsured Metro Detroiter who needs dental or optical care will have an opportunity to seek free services next week.

For the first time, Motor City Medical Mission will be held at Cobo Center Aug. 9-11. Over 30 local doctors and 60 dentists have volunteered to provide free dental exams, cleanings, fillings and extractions, as well as free glaucoma and cataract screenings. Eligible individuals can receive prescription glasses at no charge.

“We want people that are really in need to come out, and we haven’t created any barriers to prevent people from getting services,” said site coordinator Velisa Perry of Project Healthy Living, which has spent three years organizing the event.

Perry stressed that anyone is welcome, including undocumented and homeless individuals, and no identification is necessary.

Services are first come, first serve. Individuals will have to choose between dental and optical care, but they will be allowed to get back in line if they want both services.

There will also be chronic disease prevention, hypertension and diabetes counseling as well as AIDS and mammogram screenings.

“Those kind of services will help offset some things we can’t do,” said Perry, a native Detroiter. “Regardless of how many doctors we have, or resources, we will not be able to address all the needs.”

Motor City Medical Mission is still seeking volunteers. Sign up at motorcitymedicalmission.org.


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