Schools, health and dental care partners collaborate to help students smile

St. Helens, Ore. — A collaboration of school district, health and dental care partners worked together to host a mobile dental screening clinic Friday, Oct. 19, at Sacagawea Health Center in St. Helens. Collaborating partners included Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization, Advantage Dental Services, ODS Community Dental, Capitol Dental Care, The Public Health Foundation of Columbia County, Sacagawea Health Center and St. Helens School District,

The one-day dental screening clinic with mobile resources and on-site services screened 27 students for dental health issues. Volunteer dental hygienists from regional dental care organizations were on hand to help the students get their teeth cleaned, apply fluoride treatments and sealants, and screen for other dental health issues that may require follow up. Care coordinators at the dental care organizations will follow up with the families as appropriate.

“We are so excited to be able to offer this to our community,” said Diane Dillard, board member of Sacagawea Health Center. “This is a pilot project and we hope we will be able to expand it to put bright smiles on the faces of all of the children in need of dental care.

“When we opened this facility in 2002, our primary focus was on making sure students had medical care. In later years, we found the need for mental health care and partnered with Columbia Community Mental Health to get someone on-site to fill that need. Now we have moved to phase three: which is making sure that oral health care needs are met as well.”.”

Columbia Pacific CCO members on the Oregon Health Plan are eligible for dental care services. Members are encouraged to look at the back side of their membership card for their assigned dental care organization or call our friendly customer service department for assistance at 1-855-722-8206. Members may also be eligible for transportation assistance as well.

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