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Student-run CommunityCare Clinics to host 5k race March 30

The University of Toledo CommunityCare Clinics, an interdisciplinary, student-run organization established to deliver free quality health care to underserved populations, will hold a 5K run/3K walk Saturday, March 30, on UT’s Health Science Campus to help fund its efforts in assisting the greater Toledo community.  The race will be co-sponsored by the UTCOM chapter of the American Medical Association.

utccclogoLast year, the clinics helped more than 1,000 patients from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Race participants will have the opportunity to compete against teams from the UT colleges of Medicine and Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Nursing, as well as physician assistants, physical therapists and general undergraduates in the categories of most participants and fastest times.

The race is open to all members of the University as well as the public.

In addition to the race, the CommunityCare Clinics will offer free health screenings on site for blood pressure, glucose, BMI and more. Participation in the race is not necessary to receive a screening.

The race will start at 9:30 a.m. with onsite registration from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. on the lawn outside Mulford Library.

The cost for registering is $23 for participants who sign up online here before Friday, March 29, or $25 the day of the race.

Additional race information will be provided upon registration.

Volunteers from the CommunityCare Clinics operate out of a number of different venues, including Perrysburg Heights Free Medical Clinic and the Perrysburg Heights Women’s Clinic, and they provide additional help at the Mildred Bayer Clinic for the Homeless, which is run separately by the Neighborhood Health Association.

“We’re kind of like a safety net for everyone out there that is under-insured or uninsured,” said Helaine Kwong, a second-year medical student and executive director of the CommunityCare Clinics. “Once in a while the patients will just stop me on their way out after seeing the doctor and tell me how much our services meant to them. To me, that’s the most rewarding part about volunteering with the CommunityCare Clinics.”

Both the Perrysburg Heights Free Medical Clinic and the Perrysburg Women’s Clinic are in the process of moving to CedarCreek Church. The new name for the clinics at Cedar Creek will be the CommunityCare Free Medical Clinic and the CommunityCare Women’s Health Clinic. The free clinic will offer services from 6 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday starting March 28 while the Women’s Clinic will operate the third Thursday of each month by appointment only.

Those who have questions about the race or would like to volunteer may email race@utcommunitycare.org.

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