Allie and Erin are about to set off on a trip to Wise County, VA to volunteer at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic that is happening later this week. RAM was started to deliver health care and supplies to struggling nations around the world, “but now 90% of everything [they] do is here in the United States”, according to it’s founder, Stan Brock. Lately, RAM has been getting a lot of press, including a segment on 60 Minutes and The Daily Show. There is also a documentary about the RAM clinics touring the country right now, and you can see the preview here.
We are really excited that VCV staff will have the opportunity to get back to working with people face-to-face, rather than getting bogged down in policy at the General Assembly. While policy advocacy is a vital and interesting part of our work, frankly, we are tired after this marathon General Assembly session. So Allie and I are taking off to Southwest Virginia to help at the RAM clinic to reconnect with our purpose: ensuring that everyone has access to high quality health care. You can follow our journey on Twitter by following @vaconsumervoice and by checking our Facebook page. We are going to be updating with pictures and information as we go along. Also, please check out www.ramusa.org to learn more about the great work they do across the country.