NDA-HEALTH NOW-Chicago™ – The National Dental Association (NDA) and The New Roseland Community Hospital (RCH) hosted a community outreach event on Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 8:30am – 12:30pm at 45 W. 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60628. The event was held in conjunction with the NDA’s 102nd Annual Convention and is part of NDA-HEALTH NOW™ (Health Equity, Access, Literacy, Technology and Hope. National Outreach on Wheels.), NDA’s signature project. The Project is a grassroots, community-based health initiative to improve health equity, increase access and eliminate health disparities. Major sponsors for this event were Colgate-Palmolive Company and Aetna. The national health initiative is also supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Sunstar, The Links, Incorporated, Oral Health America, and Henry Schein Cares.
The RCH/NDA event included information on health education, nutrition and fitness, health screenings, and opportunities to “Ask the Experts”. The Colgate Bright Smiles/Bright Futures Dental van was on site to provide free dental education, screenings and local treatment referral to children up to 12 years old. The New Roseland Hospital/Mobile C.A.R.E. Foundation (MCF) Dental Van and local dental volunteers provided free dental screenings, dental services, and oral health education for children of all ages. The RCH/MCF Dental Van served ages 1-20 years old. Adults were able to receive free dental screenings and consultations and medical screenings (blood pressure and Accuchek/diabetes screening).
The children participating in the event received a “Passport to Total Health”, which took them on a journey through an educational circuit consisting of individual stations providing information on: nutrition and diet, exercise and fitness, oral hygiene instructions, sports safety and injury prevention, health careers, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Children were able to participate in engaging educational activity with Colgate’s Bright Smiles/Bright Futures program and the Aetna Wellness Wheel. The community event focused on “Making Learning Fun” and distributed free dental products, coloring books, and back-to-school supplies for participating children. Additionally, RCH provided information on health and nutrition education and programs and services offered at The New Roseland Community Hospital for children and adults.
According to hospital spokesperson, Nikisha Coleman, “The New Roseland Community Hospital (RCH) is the community’s integrated and coordinated healthcare choice, where professional caregivers provide guidance on the path to recovery and overall wellness. At RCH, we understand and value the close ties between community and individual health, and we work to put that understanding into action. Children in our community suffer from a lack of access to quality dental care which is why we are thrilled to partner with the National Dental Association to provide much needed dental care and health education to families of Chicago. Just last year we highlighted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the RCH/ MCF state of the art full service dental van that provides a full spectrum of care, targeting children whom otherwise would receive services through an ER. Additionally, CPS reports that last year alone, 65,000 children went without urgently needed dental procedures due to lack of access or lack of ability to pay. This NDA and RCH community health day is a great way to provide access and free dental care to the families of the Greater Roseland Community and wherever children are underserved. “For more information, visit: www.roselandhospital.org.
NDA-HEALTH NOW™ programs are currently active in Chicago, Dallas, New York, and San Francisco/Oakland. The project forms partnerships with community organizations, dental schools, multi-cultural health professional groups, faith-based entities, community health centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, schools and senior citizen communities to increase access to health care. For more information about the Project and to make donations, visit: www.ndaonline.org/healthnow.