Freida Carbery, Volunteer Coordinator with the nonprofit Healthy Communities Coalition, will be among those honored at the Human Services Network’s annual awards at the Capri Grand Ballroom at the Peppermill Resort and Casino in Reno on Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 8 to 10 am.
Christy McGill, director for Healthy Communities Coalition, said, “As Healthy Communities’ Volunteer Coordinator, the region benefits from Freida’s passion to ensure that people of all abilities and resources have a central role in making their communities healthier.”
Freida and the Coalition were key advocates for a bill former Assemblyman Tom Grady introduced, called the “Volunteer Health Care Services Act.” That bill allowed out of state health care providers to serve as volunteers at free, temporary clinics. Due to the legislation, now groups such as Remote Area Medical (RAM) can come to Nevada, bringing mobile dental and vision and medical equipment, and partnering with both local and out of state volunteers to provide free services during short term pop-up clinics.
Impact: Freida insists that, “The real superheroes are the many volunteers and my talented co-workers.” The RAM events this year in Yerington, Carson and Vegas attracted about 1,600 volunteers, and provided more than $656,000 worth of dental, medical and vision services at no cost to at total of 2,111 patients. Because Nevada has a well-documented shortage of many types of health care professionals, and few dentists who accept Medicaid as payment, these temporary clinics are particularly impactful.
Because the award ceremony this year takes place on the same morning as Healthy Communities’ monthly meeting, Healthy Communities has cancelled their January meeting and will instead attend the awards ceremony in Reno. Tickets to the event can be purchased online from the Human Services Network.