The Department of Health’s Kauai District Health Office, in collaboration with the Kauai Office of the Governor, successfully applied to the Pentagon for Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) medical deployments to Kauai: Tropic Care 2012, 2014, and 2016. Many Kauai residents cannot afford to be seen by a doctor, dentist, optometrist, or behavioral health professional unless there is an acute health issue. Through the provision of more than 50,000 medical, dental, optometric and behavioral health services at no cost to participants, prior Tropic Care missions have addressed a range of unmet health care needs on Kauai.
Tropic Care 2017, through the leadership of US Army Lieutenant Colonel Melissa Wardlaw, will build upon previous efforts to address non-acute health care needs among Kauai residents. Clinics will take place from June 12-21 at three main sites: Eleele Elementary School, Kauai Community College and Kapaa Middle School. There will also be two mobile sites at Kilauea Elementary School from June 12-15 and Waimea Easter Seals from June 17-21. Services are expected to include: physical exams, eye exams, eyeglasses, and dental services. More detailed information will be provided closer to the clinic dates. If you need more information, an ASL interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, please contact the Department of Health at (808)241-3555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at least (7) days before the event.