Dental services come to Hot Meal Program
Soon, neighbors who visit the Hot Meal Program will have access to free dental care, thanks to the Medical Teams International Mobile Dental van! The clinic will take place once a month on Tuesdays at St. John Lutheran Church, starting Feb 2, 4-6 pm. (5515 Phinney Ave. N.)
The Evangelical Chinese Church of Seattle Care Ministry helped to sponsor a collaborative effort between the Medical Team International, MTI Dental Van Services, and the Phinney Neighborhood Association Hot Meal Program to bring free dental care to many neighbors who have little or no access to good healthcare. They are also funding the first six months of the program.
Medical Teams International will bring their customized mobile van, which contains two dental operating areas, and oversee clinic operations. Volunteer dentists, hygienists, and assistants will treat individuals with the least access to dental care, such as people experiencing homelessness and chemical dependency, older adults, veterans, those who are unemployed, and youth. Urgent care needs will be the top priority and the services will range from pain alleviation to fillings.
Check out the mobile van in this video!
Due to the pandemic, procedures that create aerosols have been temporarily eliminated, and only hand tools will be used. Each van operatory is thoroughly cleaned after each use. Full PPE is available to all staff, volunteers, and patients when required. We will usually able to see six or seven patients each clinic.
Dental care is an important part of overall health. Left untreated, dental problems can lead to pain, difficulty eating, and can increase the risk of debilitating health conditions. Two significant obstacles prevent people from receiving dental care – cost and access. We are committed to breaking down these barriers by delivering free dental care to our neighbors.
To make this program a success, we are looking for additional sponsors and volunteers. Each month, we need a $1,700 sponsor and a licensed volunteer dentist and dental hygenist/assistant. Interested in helping? Or know someone who might be? Contact Krissie Dillin, Program Director at [email protected] to discuss this life-changing opportunity. We are asking volunteers to commit to one, 6-hour shift once a month, quarter, or year
We extend a big thank you to the Evangelical Chinese Church of Seattle Care Ministry!
Photo courtesy of Medical Teams International