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SCU Health announces May Tent Event – free outreach clinic

WHITTIER, CA. – (May 18, 2022) — Southern Californians can receive free Chiropractic Care, Ayurvedic Care, and have their vitals checked by a physician assistant at an upcoming SCU Health Tent Event community outreach clinic in East Whittier. SCU Health offers free clinics in a continuing effort to serve the community with integrative healthcare services, increase the awareness of integrative healthcare benefits, and provide students with clinical experience and patient treatment.

SCU Health’s Tent Event will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 1–4 p.m. on the campus of Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU), at the Sports Medicine Clinic inside Building T, across from the University Health Center. The SCU campus address is 16200 Amber Valley Drive Whittier, CA 90604. Free parking is available in Parking Lot #1. A campus map is available for viewing.

The following healthcare services will be offered: 

  • Chiropractic consultations and treatments. Treatment is based on the consultation and varies, based on the needs of each patient.
  • Ayurveda consultations and treatment in the form of a relaxing head massage with warm herbal oil. Ayurveda treatments are currently minimized, however, providers recommend patients follow-up with an appointment in the SCU Health Clinic.
  • Vital Signs (body temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, blood pressure) will be taken and provided by Physician Assistant students and attending physicians.

SCU Health Tent Events are free and open to the public, although a donation of $5 – $25 is suggested. All patient donations will benefit La Habra’s non-profit Meals on Wheels, which provides home-delivered meals for anyone unable to prepare or obtain adequate meals, regardless of race, religion, sex, age, or ability to pay. 

No appointments are necessary, and patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks will be required as the Tent Event is an extension of the University Health Center, which is a healthcare facility.  

SCU Health has been hosting free Tent Event clinics since June 2020 as a way to serve the community and prepare health sciences students as future physicians. Licensed faculty and clinical physicians supervise the students, and the care patients receive. SCU students receive course credit for volunteering but can also volunteer solely to practice. The next SCU Health Tent Event is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, and full details will be released closer to the next event date.

“We wanted to provide an opportunity to reach the people who are interested in considering integrative medicine, including chiropractic and Ayurveda,” said Sharon Martinez, SCU Health Provider Liaison. When the pandemic hit, we wanted to provide a way to reach our patients with minimal risks, but still receive the same quality treatment that patients would experience if they were to be seen in our clinic.”

SCU Health Tent Events currently do not receive any outside or donor support. For those interested in funding or supporting SCU Health Tent Events, please visit SCU’s Give Now page, and select “SCU Health Tent Event” designation, or contact Dr. Melissa Nagare, DC, L.Ac, CCSP, Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer, SCU Health System, at melissanagare@scuhs.edu, or at (562) 902-3386.  

SCU Health is a division of Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU), founded in 1911 with a mission to transform and redefine healthcare and healthcare education. SCU goes beyond treating symptoms. SCU Health multi-specialty teams seek to understand each person as a whole—their biology, psychology, sociology, and environment—to achieve better health and more fulfilling lives with fewer wasted healthcare dollars.

SCU Health consists of two facilities that reside on campus, allowing students to spend significant time in clinics learning from practicing professionals and real patients. SCU Health houses 36 private treatment rooms and 1,000 square feet of dedicated active care space that serves over 45,000 patients per year.

To learn more about SCU Health, visit scuhealth.org/, or call (562) 943-7125.

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