Dental screening, free oral care kits available for Grand Rapids students at select schools

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – This week, Grand Rapids Community Universities is presenting dental screening solutions for college students in preschool via fifth grade at four pick elementary schools.

GRPS has partnered with Colgate Vivid Smiles, Vivid Futures and Grand Valley State College to provide a new cellular dental clinic that operates by way of Friday, Oct. 28.

The district is giving dental screening, dental report playing cards, remedy referrals and no cost oral treatment kits for elementary students at 4 GRPS faculties. The cell clinic kicked off Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Stocking Elementary.

Here are the dates, instances and destinations for a few remaining functions this week:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26, 8 a.m. to noon at Dickinson Academy, 448 Dickinson St.
  • Thursday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m. to midday at Campus Elementary, 710 Benjamin Ave.
  • Friday, Oct. 28, 8 a.m. to midday at Mulick Park Elementary, 1761 Rosewood Ave.

GVSU College of General public Wellbeing learners and college will be at the clinics to aid hands-on, interactive wellness education and learning stations, according to a GRPS information release.

4 area dentists places of work have just about every sponsored a day of the clinic and will give dental hygienists and dentists from their workplaces to display participants.

All those clinics are Increasing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, Smiley Household Dentistry, Pediatric Dental Professionals of West Michigan and Mitten Youngsters Dentistry.

Kim Baron, GRPS director of college wellbeing solutions, said the occasion aligns with the district’s strategic strategy in that it will help fulfill the demands of the complete scholar — not just academics.

“I love that an event like this addresses the entire little one,” Baron said in a statement. “It’s physical wellness, psychological wellness and prevention. And dental education and screening, as well as wellness choices, all align correctly with our GRPS Strategic Plan. The first strategic topic is ‘meeting holistic scholar requires.’ This is 1 way that we can do this.”

Baron reported the plan will present a ideal chance for GVSU students to follow their abilities arms-on

“I’m a college nurse and I like my part as a community wellbeing specialist,” she claimed.

“I want to take part in the advancement of long term general public health experts which is what a partnership like this will offer. We are likely to be producing an chance for these general public health learners to follow their competencies and be exposed to the serious operate of avoidance and wellbeing promotion.”

The plan for the partnership started with Ranelle Brew, director of the GVSU University of Community Well being, asked Colgate Bright Smiles, Shiny Futures to convey their products and services to Grand Rapids in 2022.

“GVSU Public Well being has a sturdy partnership with the nearby community and many partners within just it,” Brew explained in a assertion. “This cellular dental exertion is targeting the precise age inhabitants that GRPS serves, and so it felt natural to get to out for collaborating.”’

This is the first 12 months for the pilot application, but Baron and Brew explained they hope the function can be extended to other GRPS university sin the upcoming.

“For this year, we selected faculties from a assortment of neighborhoods,” Baron stated. “And we have totally staffed health and fitness offices in the taking part schools, so we can be available to support in earning this a thriving launch.”

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