City of Wichita is joining community partners in offering a free healthcare day from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 at Fairmount Park. Mayor Jeff Longwell announced the partnership during his weekly news briefing on Thursday at City Hall, 455 N. Main.
The event, dubbed “Via Christi Health’s Medical Mission at Home,” will provide wide-ranging healthcare services including medical care and testing; dental, vision and hearing screening; foot care; connections to follow-up care; and education about other community services and resources.
Via Christi Heath is spearheading the free event, which includes Wichita State University and other health-related nonprofit providers.
“This is a tremendous event,” Mayor Longwell said. “Our collective health has a widespread impact on our community, and I am so thrilled that we have caring individuals and organizations dedicated to providing medical services for those in need.”
Attending the news conference were City Council Member Lavonta Williams, whose District 1 includes Fairmount Park; Peg Tichacek, Via Christi’s Chief Mission Integration Officer; and Ted Ayres, Director of Community Engagement and Opportunity at WSU.
“This is really a team effort,” Ayres said. “We’ve had so many come forward to be part of this.”
Ayres and Williams stressed the need for more volunteers to help on the day of the event.
“I want to urge anyone who would like to give back to sign up to volunteer for this event,” Williams said. “It’s a great way to give back and support your neighbors who may not have ready access to healthcare.”
For information about volunteering and other aspects of the event, please visit www.viachristi.org/medicalmission.