Preventive Oral Health Care Soon To Be Available at Three More Neighborcare SBHCs
Neighborcare Health is excited to announce an expansion of services in three more of our school-based health centers (SBHCs). A generous $15,000 grant from the National Assembly on School-Based Health Centers (NASBHC) will allow us to train two of our school-based medical providers to begin providing oral health screenings, fluoride varnish application and nutritional counseling at our Madison Middle School, Mercer Middle School and West Seattle High School clinics. These services will nicely complement the primary medical care and mental health counseling we currently provide in all of our SBHCs.
Including preventive oral health care as part of the range of services available at our SBHCs is particularly important now. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19% of children between 2 and 19 have untreated cavities, which can cause significant overall health problems as children grow.
We are grateful to have been a NASBHC grantee last year too, which allowed us to add oral health care to our scope of services at our Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth High School clinics.