16 new schools added in Kitsap and Mason Counties!

30 Aug 2016

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Hundreds of low-income children in Kitsap and Mason counties will get access to oral health services in 2016-17, as we more than double our presence in Kitsap and Mason county schools this year.

Last year we served six elementary schools in Bremerton, two in Central Kitsap, two in North Kitsap and one in Mason County. This year, we will add 10 schools in South Kitsap, four in Central Kitsap and two in Mason County. That will bump the total from 10 to 26.

 We’re excited to make our school-based services available to low-income families. The kids will get everything from a simple screening for cavities and oral hygiene instructions to cleanings and sealants. We can even sign them up for Apple Health.

As part of our services, we now offer families support to register for Medicaid coverage if they don’t already have it. We have added two certified Navigators to our staff to walk parents through the registration process during open enrollment this fall.

 We served almost 10,000 low-income children at more than 100 preschools and elementary schools in King, Snohomish, Kitsap and Mason counties last school year. With the addition of the new West Sound schools, that number could reach 12,000 during the 2016-17 school year.

In South Kitsap, Smile Partners will be adding Burley Glenwood, East Port Orchard, Hidden Creek, Manchester, Mullinex Ridge, Olalla, Orchard Heights, Sidney Glen, South Colby and Sunnyslope elementary schools. In Central Kitsap, it will begin serving Silverdale, Silver Ridge, Hawk and Pinecrest elementary schools. In Mason County, it will add Grapeview and Sandhill elementary schools.

 We are looking for sponsors to help pay for the cost of renting the mobile dental RV from Medical Teams International to serve the schools that do not have room inside their buildings for Smile Partners’ traditional portable clinic.

We would be most grateful to local businesses in Kitsap and Mason counties that want to sponsor one or more of our clinics at the schools, particularly those to which we bring the mobile unit.

Medical Teams International, an Oregon-based nonprofit, deeply discounts the cost of its mobile unit to Smile Partners but renting the RV is still an out-of-budget expense, he said.