Seattle-area students now have a new and convenient option for dental care, right in their own schools. International Community Health Services (ICHS), a community health center based in Seattle, recently added mobile dental care to its growing list of services and will begin offering the option at several middle- and high-schools in Seattle this fall.
The fully-equipped ICHS Mobile Dental Clinic travels to schools during the week, providing convenient on-site services to students in need of dental care. ICHS also offers affordable and comprehensive dental care at its two full-service clinic locations in the International District and Holly Park. In 2014, ICHS will open two additional clinics in Bellevue and Shoreline, which will offer dental services as well.
“We are really excited to work with the schools to provide this service. Teachers, principals, and school nurses understand that if someone has a tooth ache it can be harder to pay attention in classes and it can make learning more difficult. An added value is that the time away from school is reduced when the services are provided on site,” noted Michael McKee, ICHS’s Director of Health Services and Community Partnerships. He continued, “Ultimately it’s about the students. We’ve seen shy students who rarely smile, gain confidence and blossom when their teeth were cleaner and healthier.”
Working in partnership with Seattle Public Schools, as well as Seattle-King County Public Health and Group Health, ICHS and the school-based health centers at each school help the students set up appointments, get necessary approvals from their parents or guardians, and apply for free or low-cost dental coverage.
“We are so fortunate to have this partnership with ICHS to provide dental care to our students. Our school based clinics provide preventive and primary health care and emotional-mental health care. Finding dental care has been a challenge. This partnership will provide a missing link in the total health care of our students, says Jean Gorecki, ARNP with Group Health at Washington Middle School.
On December 9, 2013 at 4:00pm, ICHS will host an “open house” to celebrate the addition of the new Mobile Dental Clinic. Guests will be able to tour the interior of the Mobile Dental Clinic and meet the ICHS Mobile Dental Clinic team. For more information, contact Maria Campanaro at email@example.com or 206-788-4475.