HOMER, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) There’s still plenty of time to get things like basic medical services, dental and eye exams as well as veterinary services at no cost.
It’s all part of Healthy Cortland being held at the Homer Intermediate and Junior High Schools.
You do not have to live in Homer to attend, there is no residency or I.D. requirement to receive treatment or care.
There will be pediatric services available. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal parent/guardian.
No health insurance information will be collected, and in fact, they can help you sign up for health insurance at the event if you do not currently have it! No fees of any kind will be charged at the event.
All services (with the exception of spay/neuter surgeries) will have walk-in availability. But appointments for dental are highly recommended.
Captain Danielle Primerano is the Officer In Charge for Healthy Cortland. She says, “To me seeing the community come in it’s absolutely heartwarming.”
It’s actually an opportunity for military guard and reserves to work across the branches to practicing mobilizing to unfamiliar areas.
The exercises usually happen in 20 underserved communities across the country each year. Homer hosted the exercise in 2016.
While the military train for a mobilization these are healthcare and vet professionals in their civilian lives that are performing the services.
“To them it’s a lot to us it’s something we do every single day, so it’s very rewarding,” Primerano tells NewsChannel 9.
The various services take up much of these two adjoining school buildings in Homer.
School Superintendent Tom Turck says there’s a real benefit for the district to host this exercise. “It’s given us in the County the opportunity to work with agencies we might not otherwise, so it’s really a win-win,” he says.
With all the services they’re providing it’s not just for people but also for their pets as well like spaying, neutering and vaccinations.
Major Deanna Howell is in charge of the veterinary services for Healthy Cortland.
She says, “These animals, they’re part of the family, they’re very important to the owners, they’re very important.”
Major Howell also says these pets can carry diseases that can be given to humans so by treating them they’re protecting the whole family.
“It’s the best warm and fuzzy because you know you’re contributing to their family, that you’re helping them be happy,” Howell adds.