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Volunteer In Your Backyard | Ken Nelson | TEDxIIT

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Published on Aug 31, 2016

The CURE Network was founded in 2010 to provide medical,dental and vision services to the underserved in the greater Chicagoland area.The local need for these basic human services is great. Since its inception CURE Network has provided over 4700 patients with over $3,000,000 worth of free health care services! Unexpected was the professional and general volunteer support that allows us to stretch $1 into $9 worth of service.

Ken Nelson, MD completed his residency training in Family Medicine at La Grange Memorial Hospital and continued on to the University of Chicago where he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Nelson helped found the Prairie Medical Group in west suburban Westchester. For the past two decades, Dr. Nelson has volunteered his services at the La Grange-based Community Nurse Health Association’s (CNHA) free clinic for adults and has served as the clinic’s Medical Director since 1992. CNHA’s clinic provides primary and specialty care services to thousands of underserved residents from the western suburbs of Cook County. Expanding his commitment to volunteer health care, in 2010 Dr. Nelson led an effort to open Illinois borders to volunteer health care providers from other states by initiating HB5744 which was signed into law on June 19, 2010.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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