A new, state-of-the-art dental clinic on wheels will soon become a familiar sight at Seattle-area schools.
Made possible through a $440,000 federal grant under the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act of 2010, the International Community Health Services’ clinic, developed as a partnership with Seattle-King County Public Health, Group Health, and Seattle Public Schools, will provide oral health care to low-income students and underserved children who have limited access to dental services.
The mobile dental clinic is scheduled to move from school to school (10 schools total, thus far) throughout the year with ICHS working closely with each school to develop a service delivery system that maximizes the clinic’s ability to serve those students with the greatest need.
In Capitol Hill, Nova High School and The World School will receive visits from the clinic, as well as Washington Middle School, just south of the neighborhood.
Toothaches and oral pains are some of the most-cited reasons why students miss school. This fully equipped mobile dental clinic will provide students K-12 with access to restorative and preventative care, including cleanings, exams, X-rays, fillings, extractions, sealants, fluoride treatments, emergency examination and palliative treatment right on the school grounds.
“We are very excited to get this mobile dental clinic on the road,” said Michael McKee, Director of Health Services and Community Partnerships at the ICHS. “Having the clinic on site will remove several barriers to oral care by eliminating the need for parents to take time off work, and reducing students’ time away from the classroom for dental appointments.”
ICHS plans to bill health insurance plans for the services, and can also assist people in enrolling in free and low cost dental plans, if needed. No one will be refused services.
For more information on the ICHS Mobile Dental Clinic, visit http://www.ichs.com/mdc/.