On the anniversary of the program's launch, the Texas Chiropractic College Moody Health Center announced the continuation of its 9/11 Harris County First Responders program, which provides eligible first responders with chiropractic care without charge or at minimal cost.
Eligible participants must be an active-duty firefighter or fire inspector, police officer, an officer within the Sheriff's Department, a constable, a Texas Ranger, a Department of Public Safety officer or a paramedic. The program launched on Sept. 12, 2011 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy and was initially scheduled to run for one year.
"After working with area first responders the past year, it was a very easy decision to extend the program," said Dr. Barry Wiese, TCC Dean of Clinics. "It has been an honor for our faculty and students to provide care for these men and women, and to help them be at their best so they can help others."
Care available via the program includes: physical examinations; chiropractic manipulative therapy; acupuncture; rehabilitation therapy; nutritional counseling; and wellness consultations. Eligible patients will be billed at cost for durable medical equipment such as orthotics, pillows, braces, supports, elastic therapeutic tape, nutritional supplements, and other supplies deemed necessary for the treatment of the individual patient.
In addition to the first responders program, the Moody Health Center is in its fourth year of providing care to active duty Department of Defense personnel, their spouses and children.
"These programs on our campus, plus the many off-campus partnerships we have formed with organizations such as The Bridge and El Centro, allow us to actively give back to our community by providing chiropractic care to those who may not have access," said Dr. Wiese. "They also provide our student interns with incredible learning opportunities, not just as future doctors, but [also] as future leaders in their own communities."
Source: Texas Chiropractic College