The Flint water crisis has created significant health complications for city residents. One rarely discussed consequence of the disaster is dental health. Tap water includes fluoride and quite simply, fluoride prevents cavities!
Unfortunately, the majority of people living in Flint still do not trust their tap water – so they do not drink it! This puts their dental health in danger, especially the children of Flint. In addition, the previous Flint community health surveys have found that 39 percent of Flint adults have not seen a dentist in the past 12 months.
As a result, the New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church and the Flint Community Outreach for Family and Youth (COFY) Center have established a partnership with the MSU College of Human Medicine and the Flint Community Based Organization Partners (CBOP) to do something about this important health issue. With your help, New Jerusalem, COFY, and MSU will work side-by-side with the Genesee District Dental Society, the Hamilton Health Network - Dental Services, the Genesee Health Plan, and the Michigan Dental Association to hold a dental screening and referral health fair for Flint residents on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
It will be essential in making the Dental Health Fair a success. Your gift will help us:
While our community partners are providing some support, we still need vital supplies. This is why your gift is crucial to the success of the fair.
Our $3,000 goal will help cover necessities for the patients, doctors and volunteers. This includes clinical supplies for the dentists (dental mirrors, lamps, gloves, tongue blades) and miscellaneous supplies (forms, clipboards, pens, banners, educational brochures). It will also cover the cost of activities for families to participate in when they arrive such as bouncy houses, riding ponies, mouthguards, and free food.
We are a group of community-based public health advocates who reside and work in Flint. This project is led by a steering committee that includes representatives from Flint’s CBOP, the COFY Center, and the MSU College of Human Medicine. These groups share the mission to mobilize underrepresented and underserved communities to achieve health equity and social justice.
MSU is the first land-grant university established in the United States. MSU’s College of Human Medicine has delivered quality medical services to Flint residents for 47 years and has recently expanded its public health mission in Flint by developing community-based partnerships.
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