March 2019- Mission Update
- Krista Hahn
- March 31, 2019
Marian Dental Clinic associates provided 558 dental screenings to children aged 5-18 at St Mary’s Public Schools, St Marys Kansas.
These dental screenings identify children with urgent dental needs, restorative dental needs, and preventive dental needs. Each child was given a free toothbrush and a report of each child’s oral health status for parents. The school nurse was provided child flossers and xylitol gum to share with students as needed. We are grateful that KDHE Bureau of Oral Health and Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth who have sponsored this outreach initiative. The Smiles4Kids Program and Smiles4Kids Fund makes it possible for our clinic to reach school age children and provide basic services such as dental screenings, preventive care, dental sealants, and fluoride varnish. The clinic is reaching out to area schools that do not currently have dental outreach services. A few rural Kansas schools have 20+% decay rates and desire a partnership with the Marian Dental Clinic. The ultimate goal for our dental outreach in schools is to decrease dental decay rates by increasing oral health prevention and access to dental care.
KanCare Medicaid Expansion passed in the Kansas House of Representatives. Currently this legislation it is in the Senate Committee. Medicaid expansion will help more of our uninsured client’s access healthcare. Currently our clinic has numerous uninsured individuals who cannot afford dental care. This access to insurance will help patients receive needed dental care. Reimbursement from Medicaid for these services will help the clinic with overall sustainability.
In March we celebrated National Catholic Sisters Week with our wonderful blessings, Sister Mary Rosaleen Driscoll and Sister Maureen Kehoe.
Each day Sister Mary Rosaleen joins our dental team at the clinic to visit with patients, advocate for patients, and provide spiritual counseling and guidance to all. We are blessed beyond all measure to have a daily reminder of our catholic faith and clinic beginnings.