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News Samaritan Recognized for Best Practices in Rural Oral Health

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Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital was recently recognized in the 2017 Compendium of Rural Oral Health Best Practices, a report published by the National Rural Health Association. The report highlights programs across the United States that are excelling and providing leadership on how to run effective oral health programs in rural areas.

Samaritan was recognized for the Healthy Smiles for All Program, which aims to improve the oral health of uninsured, underinsured and low-income adults in east Linn and Lincoln counties. The program is funded through a Health Resources and Services Administration Rural Network Development Grant, with additional funding support from Samaritan Health Services and Capitol Dental.

The major components of the program include:

  • An adult emergency voucher program that helps eligible community members when they need emergency dental care
  • Monthly dental vans staffed with volunteer dentists and hygienists provide no-cost dental care 
  • Convenient access to dental services at several Samaritan clinics, including dental exams, adult cleanings, X-rays, and fluoride.

Healthy Smiles for All has had success thanks to a strong network of partnerships across east Linn and Lincoln counties. Over the past three years, the program has served more than 3,000 adults through clinical dental care and preventative dental services.

Learn more about the Healthy Smiles for All Program and available oral health services in east Linn and Lincoln counties at Brush4Health.org.