FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Community Partners to Bring NC MedAssist’s Free Mobile Pharmacy and Health Care Resources to Individuals in Need

Manteo, NC (April 23, 2018) - NC MedAssist will hold a Mobile Free Pharmacy Event in Manteo on Friday, May 11. The event, which is in collaboration with The Outer Banks Hospital, is open to any low-income individual or family needing free health screenings, education and over-the-counter medications. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the College of The Albemarle – Roanoke Island Campus, Performing Arts Building (205 Highway 64 S., Manteo, NC 27954). Identification is not required to participate.  

“The Outer Banks Hospital is pleased to again partner with NC MedAssist on the Mobile Free Pharmacy event,” said Director of Community Outreach and Development, Jennifer Schwartzenberg. “The event is expected to have a huge impact on the community. The Outer Banks Hospital values the work we do in our community for those who are vulnerable and don’t have access to healthcare. We hope to educate participants on the healthcare resources available in Manteo and throughout Dare County.”

Individuals will receive up to 10 medicine cabinet items for their family/home. Additionally, participants will receive other free healthcare services like information on NC MedAssist Free Pharmacy Program and community health resources. NC MedAssist’s overall goal is to help ease the burden for those who are making the choice between buying food or purchasing medication.  

“NC MedAssist is excited to work with The Outer Banks Hospital and our area partners to give back to our neighbors in need,” stated CEO Lori Giang. “Through our collaboration, we are able to reach more and more individuals and educate them on our free resources. No one should go without medicine and this program is enabling us to reach those who are unaware of our free medications.”

The event is completely volunteer run. Serving 600 individuals in one day takes many hands to make sure the event runs smoothly and ensures that all participants are served before the door closes. NC MedAssist is partnering with The Outer Banks Hospital, Community Care Clinic of Dare, Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County, The Power of U and other safety-net organizations to recruit community members to serve in roles such as pharmacy consultation, client ‘personal shoppers’, and sorters. If you would like to volunteer, please visit www.medassist.org to sign up.  

An additional Over-the-Counter Medicine Event will be held on Hatteras Island on Tuesday, May 15 to reach area community members. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Fessenden Center (46830 NC-12, Buxton, NC). For questions regarding this event, please contact Jennifer Schwartzenberg at (252) 449-5933.

There are currently more than 2,000 people in Dare County that live below the Federal Poverty Level and do not qualify for insurance. Last fiscal year, NC MedAssist dispensed over $48 million in free prescription medication statewide. For more information on the Mobile Free Pharmacy and NC MedAssist, please visit www.medassist.org.

About NC MedAssist: Founded in 1997, NC MedAssist is a statewide non-profit pharmacy that provides free prescription medicines to low-income, uninsured North Carolinians. NC MedAssist offers three programs that address the needs of children and adults: the Free Pharmacy Program, the Mobile Free Pharmacy, and the Senior Care Program. NC MedAssist dispenses more than $48.5 million worth of free prescription medication to 15,000 low-income North Carolinians each year. To learn more about NC MedAssist and find out how to get involved, visit www.medassist.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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