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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Originally published 8:20 p.m., April 13, 2014 Updated 8:20 p.m., April 13, 2014

SANTA YNEZ TRIBAL HEALTH CLINIC, ARMY RESERVE AND NATIONAL GUARD TO OFFER FREE DENTAL, MEDICAL SERVICES

Services open to uninsured community members May 5 to 16 and June 2 to 13

The Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic will team up once again with the Army Reserve and National Guard to provide dental and medical services free of charge on May 5 to 16 and again on June 2 to 13 for anyone unable to access basic health care due to a lack of insurance.


SANTA YNEZ, CA, April 7, 2014 – The Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic will team up once again with the Army Reserve and National Guard to provide dental and medical services free of charge on May 5 to 16 and again on June 2 to 13 for anyone unable to access basic health care due to a lack of insurance.

Spaces are limited and by appointment only. Appointments are available on weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Friday, May 16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A second dental-only clinic will return on June 2 to 13.

The free services to be provided by the Army Reserve and National Guard include:

• Women’s health exams • General Physicals

• Dental exams/x-rays • Fillings

• Extractions • Teeth cleanings

For more information and to make an appointment for any of these services, contact the Tribal Health Clinic at (805) 688-7070. Because these sessions are targeted toward patients who need free services, patients with insurance should make an appointment with the regular clinic.

The clinic strongly encourages patients who need to complete any follow-up appointments from last year to make an appointment immediately.

The Army Reserve and National Guard will provide its own certified medical and dental staff for these services as part of a collaboration between Walking Shield, Inc., and the U.S. Department of Defense. The program brings military reserve units to reservations to assist with healthcare and provide services for the country’s underserved population. The clinic staff will provide support as needed.

The Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic is located on the reservation of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians at 90 Via Juana Lane in Santa Ynez. The clinic recently received a three-year accreditation through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), the nation’s leader in ambulatory health care accreditation. The staff specializes in the highest standards of quality health care through modern medicine and cultural tradition. The clinic’s comprehensive medical, dental and behavioral health services are available to all members of the community, not only for Native Americans. The facility provides sliding fees based on income, low income programs, and accepts Medicare, Medi-Cal, and most major insurance plans.

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