Mobile, serving young dental needs, receives funds from First
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Pictured from left to right are Ken Schweitzer, of the First
Presbyterian Church; Ruth Kapick, also from the church; Kristi
Lessen, Healthy Communities Partnership director; and Mary
Southerlan, H.O.P.E. dental hygienist.
[April 06, 2007]
The First Presbyterian Church of
Lincoln donated $3,000 to the H.O.P.E. Mobile. These funds are
allocated for preventive dental health services to assist children
who do not have Medicaid or All Kids coverage. H.O.P.E. is an
acronym for health care, oral health, prevention, education. The
Rural Health Task Force of the Healthy Communities Partnership seeks
to improve access to primary and preventive health care in rural
communities with the H.O.P.E. Mobile.
There is a waiting list up to three months. There have been zero
no-show appointments, and the dental hygienist indicates that
mothers are walking two miles to the H.O.P.E. Mobile to have their
children seen on dental days.
The H.O.P.E. Mobile is staffed five
days a week with a certified family nurse practitioner from Family
Medical Center and a registered nurse and dental hygienist from the
Logan County Health Department. This service is a collaborative
effort of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, the Logan County Health
Department and the Family Medical Center in Lincoln.
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The H.O.P.E. Mobile currently travels to Lincoln, Chestnut, Mount
Pulaski, New Holland, Middletown, Elkhart, Atlanta, Latham,
Broadwell, Hartsburg and Emden. Preventive dental appointments are
currently being accepted through the Logan County Health Department
by calling 735-2317. The service accepts patients with Medicaid,
Illinois All Kids and the underinsured on a sliding scale fee.
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