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Ohio Air, Army Guard members provide community medical care

Airmen from the 179th Airlift Wing Medical Group, Mansfield, Ohio, give a child immunization shots as part of GuardCare Weekend Aug. 10, 2019, at the Buckeye Career Center, New Philadelphia, Ohio. GuardCare offers the opportunity for community members to receive basic healthcare and advice on further medical recommendations.

Airmen from the Ohio Air National Guard 179th Airlift Wing Medical Group, prepare to give a child immunization shots as part of GuardCare Weekend Aug. 10, 2019, at the Buckeye Career Center, New Philadelphia, Ohio. GuardCare offers the opportunity for community members to receive basic healthcare and advice on further medical recommendations. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Gwendalyn Smith)

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AFNS) --

Members of the Ohio Air and Army National Guard teamed with local medical personnel from Tuscarawas County Aug. 10-11, at the Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia, Ohio, to provide free health services to the surrounding area as part of GuardCare 2019.

“GuardCare is an event that was established in 1995 after congress authorized National Guard personnel to service under-serviced medical communities,” said 1st Lt. Victoria Dibacco, the GuardCare officer in charge. “It's a partnership between the Ohio National Guard and the Ohio Department of Health to provide those free services to the community.”

Services included at this year’s event included lab work, sports physicals, women’s health exams, vaccinations, dental, vision and hearing screenings, car seat checks and drug take-back stations.

The medical services provided are dependent on the needs within the area chosen for GuardCare.

“The Ohio Department of Health will look at the geographic location and health data from the area to determine what county needs that support and then they’ll go to that county,” Dibacco said. “The Tuscarawas Health Department communicated their specific needs and that’s how services were determined.”

GuardCare allows not only the community the opportunity to get essential healthcare needs met, but it also offers the National Guard members to do their jobs in a large scale, while improving their skills.

“The most important thing about GuardCare is that it gives the National Guard the capability to test their mass care capabilities while serving a community with free healthcare services,” said Katie Seward, Tuscarawas Health Department health commissioner.

Overall, the event brought in more than 325 community members within the first day, allowing National Guard members to grow within the community and in their careers.

“This event is very important because National Guardsmen don’t only serve their country they serve their state as well,” Dibacco said. “It also provides great training for Guard members so they can actually do their job and provide those services.

"Big picture-wise our unit has a lot of passion and excitement about their job, so being tasked with this type of event allows them to utilize their skills," Dibacco said. "We have a really good bond and teamwork.”

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