Remote Area Medical recently held a clinic in Durant, Oklahoma on the weekend of May 14th and 15th. The United States Public Health Service played a major role in this clinic. They provide a very valuable service to many people in this great country of ours.
The organization states that their core values are leadership, service, integrity, and excellence. Their mission statement says that they strive to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our nation. Upon hearing this, I thought of our mission statement, which is to prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free, quality health care to those in need. Our core values are even somewhat similar, as ours are compassion, integrity, and respect. All that being said, it should not be surprising that we have had a working relationship with them for many years.
We were able to catch up with Captain Brandon Taylor during the clinic to get his feelings about the relationship between the two organizations and the good a free clinic can do for a community.
Captain Taylor works as a pharmacist with the Public Health Service and is essentially leading the team of commissioned officers who are volunteering at the event. He stated that the the commission core is made up of mostly physicians, nurses, pharmacists, optometrists, and dentists. He also pointed out that the organization as a whole has around 6,700 officers assigned to one of over 20 federal agencies.
Captain Taylor remarked on the similarities between our organizations:
“Many of us who work in the Indian health service, we are accustomed to providing health care to an underserved population. Certainly, those individuals that come seeking care here with RAM are typically underserved as well. We are just really thrilled to be here and to support RAM.”
It must be pointed out that these people were volunteering their time for the greater good of their community and their fellow man. Providing free health care is not easy, and neither is preventing pain or alleviating suffering. It is people like Captain Taylor who care enough to give their time and talents to help an ever growing amount of people in this country who cannot afford or access quality health care.
We cannot succeed in our mission to help underserved citizens without the compassion selfless volunteers who come together to improve the lives of others. Nor can the mission be accomplished without dedicated partners, sponsors, and donors. To those people we say thank you, and we would not exist without your love and support.