In this is the second part of 3-part series, a team of artists talked to some of the over 4,000 volunteers at the 2018 Seattle/King County Clinic. The volunteers helped provide free medical, dental, and vision care at Seattle Center’s KeyArena over four days in September, and they also helped set up and take down the huge event, guide and register patients, serve as interpreters, and keep equipment running, to name just a few of their roles. Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Public Health Reserve Corps and members of our staff are among these legion of volunteers that make the Clinic possible.
Volunteers–both human and canine–are vital to the Clinic. And in turn, these comics show that the Seattle/King County Clinic provided the volunteers with a meaningful experience. For many, volunteering connected them more deeply to their community and created openings to reflect on the healthcare needs and struggles of the people they served.
Stay tuned for the last part in this series of comics that will share the outcomes of this incredible event!
Thanks to the Seattle Center, the Seattle Center Foundation, and Public Health—Seattle & King County for support of this comics journalism project. Special thanks to the artists Amy Camber, Ellen Forney, Kelly Froh, Tatiana Gill, Roberta Gregory, David Lasky, Meredith Li-Vollmer, and Rachel Scheer who volunteered their time and to all the patients and volunteers who shared their stories with us.
More on the Seattle/King County Clinic at seattlecenter.org/skcclinic
Originally posted on February 1, 2019.