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Where Are They Now? An Update on Southeastern Idaho Public Health

In part one of a five-part We Are Public Health series update, Southeastern Idaho Public Health talks about their recent work with Give Kids a Smile. As part of our 25th Anniversary, we are recognizing the excellent work of our partners.
Where Are They Now? An Update on Southeastern Idaho Public Health

Southeastern Idaho Public Health and community partners giving children healthy smiles in 2015. Photo by Southeastern Idaho Public Health.

In part one of a five-part We Are Public Health series update, Southeastern Idaho Public Health talks about their recent work with Give Kids a Smile. As part of our 25th Anniversary, we are recognizing the excellent work of our partners.

July 24, 2015

In February 2011, the We Are Public Health series featured Southeastern Idaho Public Health's work with community partners to give children healthy smiles. Give Kids a Smile—a nationally-sponsored annual event held in Pocatello, Idaho—helps uninsured parents obtain no-cost dental care for their children.

Children receive a dental exam, x-rays, dental cleaning, and preventive treatment (fluoride varnish and sealants), as well as home care instructions. If children need restorative treatment, they are referred to area dentists who volunteer their time to provide no-cost treatment.

We Are Public Health 2011-02

The February 2011 We Are Public Health postcard, featuring Southeastern Idaho Public Health.

Where Are They Now?
Southeastern Idaho Public Health continues to Give Kids a Smile, and their efforts have expanded to reach even more children as well as adults. Since the We Are Public Health story published in 2011, the program has saved families a total of $119,164 on preventive services. In the last year alone, they provided services to 85 children, and updated their curriculum to provide oral health presentations to adults. The program also had Idaho State University dental hygiene students volunteering, speech pathology students providing screenings for preventive speech disorders, and a physical assistants program that provided medical screenings along with fluoride varnish at the end of care.

To increase awareness and participation in the program, April Guidinger, RDH-EA, Oral Health Program Coordinator for Southeastern Idaho Public Health, said that they focused on advertising last year. “For the upcoming school year, we are hoping to do more social media advertising to serve more of our community with these vital oral health services,” said Guidinger.

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