MEDIA ALERT: LVHN and the Allentown School District to Announce A New Funding Initiative For the Miles of Smiles Mobile Dental Clinic
WHAT: Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and the Allentown School District (ASD) will announce a new funding initiative for LVHN’s Miles of Smiles mobile dental clinic that serves low-income, uninsured and underinsured children in the district. In addition, officials will provide an update on the impact of the Miles of Smiles program since it began providing care in April 2009 to students at four grade schools in Allentown: Central Elementary School, Sheridan Elementary School Roosevelt Elementary School, and Washington Elementary School.
LVHN and ASD officials will be joined by some of the students from Washington School who receive care in the mobile dental unit.
Reporters interested in covering the event should contact the Lehigh Valley Health Network public affairs office. Interviews with health care professionals also can be arranged.
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Washington Elementary School, 837 N. Ninth St., Allentown, Pa.
BACKGROUND: Miles of Smiles provides dental services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured children in the Allentown School District throughout the academic year and during the summer. The dental clinic measures 40 feet long by nine feet wide and is outfitted with two fully-equipped treatment rooms, digital x-ray unit, a central sterilizing device, a registration area and a wheelchair lift.
Poor dental health hinders children’s educational progress, says Pat Atno, program manager for Miles of Smiles and practice director of LVHN’s dental clinic at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street. “A student suffering from a tooth ache or other dental problem often is absent from or distracted during school and therefore unable to fully benefit from their education.”
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