Rosa Parks Elementary, Portland

January 19 – 22, 2016 by Carrie Peterson

The Tooth Taxi made a recent visit to Rosa Parks Elementary in North Portland. The school nurse put in a request for us to come after a significant number of students made frequent trips to the office complaining of tooth pain. The staff here did a great job of reaching out to the families of this diverse population, over 20 countries represented here, making sure our paperwork was translated and completed for the kids who needed our care.





With a short week due the MLK holiday, and 61% of the children screened needing treatment, we called for reinforcements and several local dentists jumped in to help out. We welcomed a familiar face, former Tooth Taxi dentist, Dr. Dave Carneiro, was kind enough to volunteer with us for a day. Dr. Gerald Kennedy, his assistant Jessica, and Dr. Allen Tam each joined us for half day shifts. This allowed us to make 12 additional appointments available to the kids here and for that we are truly grateful.



Volunteers:
Dave Carneiro, DMD
Gerald Kennedy, DMD
Jessica Mitchell, EFDA
Kelly Newberry, dental assisting student
Allen Tam, DDS


Statistics:
South Umpqua High School, cumulative stats from 3/15, 9/15 and 1/16
70 students screened
31 appointments in the van
$21,732 value of free dental services provided


Summary
September 2008 - January 22nd 2016
• 17,193 students screened
• 18,031 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 9,292 appointments in the van
• $5,255,908 value of free dental services provided

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