Posted Date: 10/10/2018
Two dental hygienists from Community Health Center-SEK are providing preventative care to students from a classroom inside Chanute High School this week.
They will be at CHS through Oct. 18, unless they finish their scheduled appointments sooner. They are providing preventative services, such as dental cleaning, sealants and fluoride varnish, to help prevent tooth decay.
Parents whose children don’t see a dentist on a regular basis are encouraged to fill out the consent forms so their students can be seen by CHC-SEK. Students can only be treated if parents have signed and returned the consent forms to Communities in Schools site coordinator Sarah Stockebrand.
Stockebrand said she had 18 forms so far, and students are still bringing them in. She also has a long list of those wanting services but have yet to return the paperwork. There is no cost for these services. Insurance, if available, will be billed.
Coordinating dental services for high school students is one of many services that Communities in Schools helps facilitate in its mission to promote programs that help students remain in school and be successful. In many cases, the barrier to regular dental or health care is lack of transportation. That is why the Southeast Kansas Health Center sets up “shop” inside the schools.
“That is when CIS can step in and find them a way to get to the health center at Iola,” Stockebrand said. Talking with parents or helping schedule appointments, “any way we can help them overcome those barriers.”
These dental clinics are part of a statewide public health program designed to reduce dental disease in Kansas children. The Kansas School Sealant Program has partnered with dental clinics around the state to bring preventative oral health services to children who may have limited access to dental care.