People's Community Clinic Hosts Their Third Annual Visit from the St. David's Community Health Foundation Dental Van
July 5-21, 2006
Oral health is a critical component of health and must be included in the provision of health care and the design of community programs. – “Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000
Two Theo Dental Vans arrived at the People’s Community Clinic doorstep on July 5 to bring healthier smiles to our patients’ faces. These vans, marked by their cheerful teddy bear mascot, Theo, will be parked outside the clinic until July 21, seeing 6-10 patients a day. Appointment slots fill quickly each year. This year, the Theo Dental Vans will provide restorative dental work to more than 100 Clinic patients who could not otherwise afford these treatments. Since dental care is an essential component of the healthy person, the dental van allows the Clinic to provide yet another service that solves health problems while preventing more from even beginning.
“The Theo Project” is a team of mobile dental vans that serve the Austin Community and a part of the St. David’s Dental Program. The program grew out of the Central Texas Children’s Dental Health Collaborative in 1998, aiming to increase children’s access to dental care by bringing that care to them. Since that time, the Theo Project has increased in scope and garnered additional resources, gradually widening the impact of this important effort.
The Theo Dental Vans have visited PCC every year since 2004, and the People’s Community Clinic is fortunate to be a part of this outstanding endeavor to bring dental hygiene and health to the community. PCC’s participation is one aspect of the our partnership with St. David’s Community Health Program. This partnership with St. David’s is an example of the outreach work that is so important to the Clinic’s mission. It illustrates the Clinic’s practice of joining with other area organizations to bring cost-effective healthcare to patients without requiring additional funds to pay for a costly expansion or additional overhead.
For more information, contact
Resource Development Associate
People's Community Clinic