Dental Public Health Activities: Descriptive Summaries
The Methodist Healthcare Ministries School Based Oral Health Program
The Methodist Healthcare Ministries (MHM) School- Based Dental Program is a comprehensive model that focuses on oral disease prevention, treatment and education. The program is operated by Methodist Healthcare Ministries (a faith-based, non-profit organization). The Program’s prevention component includes annual oral health screenings, fluoride treatments, mouthguard fabrication for sports, oral hygiene instruction, nutrition, tobacco cessation, and early intervention programs. The treatment component includes essential services such as emergency, diagnostic, preventive and restorative care.
At the start of the School-Based Dental Program in 2002, the program was integrated into two existing MHM school based health centers located in two school districts of South Central Texas. MHM has established a fixed dental clinic in each of the two school based health centers. Patients qualify for reduced fees based on a sliding fee schedule. Our dental team consists of two dentists, two assistants and one dental hygienist.
This comprehensive dental program addressed Healthy People 2020 objectives in the following areas:
More than 4,900 dental encounters were provided in the 2016-2017 school calendar year with over 1,200 encounters provided during the summer of 2016. The annual operating budget for the MHM School Based Health Center is approximately $800,000.
The program was established with an initial grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, but since then has been funded by Methodist Healthcare Ministries. The School-Based Dental Programs have increased the awareness of good oral health for the children, parents, and school personnel in these two communities in rural Texas
A good marketing strategy would improve our visibility with the communities. Most of our marketing has been primarily by word of mouth. Sending permission forms for the dental screening/fluoride program as well as yearly registration for the School-based Health Center has a more successful return rate when sent home with school registration packets at the first of each school year. Having forms that are easily understood by our parent population has also been very important to the return rate of our forms.
Contact Person(s) for Inquiries:
Phillip Brown, DDS, MPH, Senior VP of Dental Services, Methodist Healthcare Ministries, 1406 Fitch St., San Antonio, TX, 78211, Phone: 210-922-6922, Fax: 888-653-5665, Email: PBrown@mhm.org
Oanh Maroney-Omitade, VP of Clinical Operations, Methodist Healthcare Ministries, 1406 Fitch St., San Antonio, TX, 78211, Phone: 210-253-3205, Fax: 888-653-6546, Email: OMaroney@mhm.org
Kathi Hecht, RDA, Sr. Manager of Dental Operations, Methodist Healthcare Ministries, 1406 Fitch St., San Antonio, TX, 78211, Phone: 210-572-5987, Fax: 888-653-5665, Email: KHecht@mhm.org