A large health clinic entitled “Your Best Pathway to Health” will be held in Spokane this summer. The decision to go ahead with this huge venture came on the heels of the same event in San Antonio, Texas, held April 9 – 11, 2015 in the Alamodome.
Cindy Williams, Upper Columbia Conference coordinator for health ministries, who volunteered for this event, said, “I have never been a part of something this jaw-dropping!” Cindy volunteered in the eye clinic where they saw hundreds of patients per day. The first nationally coordinated health event was in San Antonio and the second will be one this summer in Spokane, August 3-4. This massive health clinic will be held at the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds and comes with a price tag. According to estimates the basic supplies such as medical and dental supplies, meals, office supplies and set up costs will run about $100,000. “Some of this, about $30,000 is in hand,” said Cindy, “But the rest will need to be raised before August.” This is a service to our community, so there’s absolutely no cost for patients coming to the clinic on August 3-4.
Volunteers can begin signing up now for the Spokane event at pathwaytohealthvolunteer.org. It is estimated that Spokane’s event will be somewhat smaller than the one at the Alamodome, which saw just over 6,000 patients.
All medical specialties along with dental, eye care, massage, chiropractic, hydrotherapy, chaplaincy, and general office or organizational skills will be needed for Spokane. According to Cindy, volunteers are already signing up for the event in Spokane but over 500 will be needed. Areas such as security, hospitality, meal preparation, barbers, beauticians, and child care are also needed.
Follow up for this two-day clinic will be offered at local churches. At the Alamodome every patient received care and was then offered other services such as a haircut, hydrotherapy, massage, etc. and then they went through chaplaincy services and lifestyle counseling. Each patient chose a church location to pick up their lab results or their eye glasses.
Dr. Lela Lewis, president of “Your Best Pathway to Health,” had a dream of holding a multi-specialty clinic in the USA. Her local chapter of ASI, Adventist Laymen’s Services and Industries, began by holding projects in San Francisco and Oakland, California. This program is now under the umbrella of the National ASI as a separate ministry in partnership with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. After Spokane there are formal requests for 6-7 more cities.