Access To Treatment
Salem-Keizer students experiencing dental pain that effects their ability to eat, sleep and learn in school are provided free care by a network of local providers. In most cases, students are identified through school-based screenings.
Neighborhood Dentist Program ~ This safety-net program pairs each of 64 schools in the District with a local dentist who donates one urgent treatment appointment per month to low-income, uninsured students in acute pain.
Medical Teams International Mobile Unit ~ Dentist (and sometimes staff) volunteer for five hours at school-based clinic s, providing care to students in need.
Give Kids a Smile Clinics ~ Dentists offer services in their own offices to pre-screened students. School staff provides interpretation and transportation when needed, and parents are required to attend.
Boys & Girls Club Health and Dental Services Center~ Dental professionals volunteer at the Club’s dental clinic providing exams, treatment, cleanings and sealants to pre-screened Boys & Girls Club members.
The Children’s Program ~ The Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) and ODS created the Children’s Program in partnership with Willamette Dental, Kaiser Permanente and Oregon dentists to ensure that uninsured children in the state of Oregon have access to dental care. Referrals for students ages 5-15 are submitted by school staff for students who are experiencing dental pain.
Dental Health Solutions for Children Brochure [PDF]