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Announcing the 2011 Oral Health Community Hero!

Announcing the 2011 Oral Health Community Hero!

February 7, 2011

Please join us TOMORROW, February 8, 2011, to honor Dr. Ricardo Guevara for his outstanding work in improving the state of oral health in Massachusetts at the 6th Annual Oral Health Heroes Event.

Dr. Guevara is the Assistant Director of the dental department at Codman Square Health Center and Director of Dental Programs at the Dorchester High School School-Based Health Center. He has set up a school-based dental program to increase access to dental care among local youth.  Kids can go to the "dentist's office" at school and get care right on campus. This increases the likelihood that the students will receive care since their parents won't have to take them out of school, resulting in better care and more time in class.

School-based and school-linked oral health services are a proven strategy to improving access to oral health education, prevention and treatment services to children who are at high risk for oral disease. Preventive treatments include topical fluorides (fluoride mouth rinse and varnish) and dental sealants. Other services include health education, screenings, referrals, and case management to ensure delivery of oral health care from professionals in the community. The bottom line is this: SBHCs keep students in class and ready to learn.

Dr. Guevara, along with Legislative Oral Health Heroes Senator Thomas McGee and Representative Steve Walsh, will be honored at tomorrows Oral Health Heroes Event:

The location:

Marshall Middle School Library & School-Based Health Center
19 Porter Street
Lynn, MA 01902
*Free parking available*

The agenda:

9:00AM- Light Breakfast
9:30AM- Speaking Program
10:15AM- School-Based Health Center Tour

Click here for a flier or here for directions to the event.

Please contact Courtney Chelo at cchelo@hcfama.org to RSVP, or visit www.hcfama.org/oralhealth for more information.

-Christine Keeves