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William Howard Taft Campus School-Based Health Center Opens Dental Unit

Pictured at the launch of dental services at the William Howard Taft Campus school-based health center (left to right): Tashi Chodon, Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) Director of Programs; Annette Payano, LPN; Aliya Carter, DDS, School Dentist; Rachel Creagan, LMSW; Jennifer Davis, MD, Pediatrician; Debra Sperling, DDS, Dental Director; Felipe Lee, Program Manager; Damiris Agu, BCHN Grant Analyst and Winsome Ramsey, BCHN School Administrative Liaison.
William Howard Taft Campus School-Based Health Center Opens Dental Unit

Dental Services Now Available to 1,505 Students

BRONX, NEW YORK (March 3, 2016) — On Friday, February 26, the William Howard Taft Campus school-based health center officially opened a state-of-the-art dental services to serve students. Taft Campus is one of the six Montefiore School Health Program sites that are members of the Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN), a Federally Funded Health Center.

Located at 240 East 172nd Street, Bronx, NY 10457, Taft Campus has been a part of the BCHN Network since 2012. It is comprised of 7 specialty schools (Grades 7 – 12): The Bronx High School for Medical Science, Bronx High School of Business, Bronx Collegiate Academy, Claremont International High School, Dreamyard Preparatory School, Jonathan Levin High School, the Urban Assembly Academy for History and Citizenship for Young Men and New Directions Secondary School.

The dental unit will provide services to children unlikely to receive them otherwise. Tooth decay may result in pain and other problems that affect learning in school-age children. The need is evident from the number of requests already coming in for dental appointment. Four appointments were scheduled at the opening day of the unit.

“It is a wonderful idea to have the dental unit in the school because the neighborhood is in high need for dental services,” said Mr. William Quintana, Principal of Bronx High School for Medical Science, one of the seven schools that make up the Taft Campus.

The dental unit is especially important for reaching children from low-income families who are less likely to receive private dental care.

The Taft Campus has1,505 students enrolled in its school-based health center who will automatically receive dental services. The dental unit will provide services such as cleaning, flossing, sealants, fluoride, fillings and X-ray exams. Other procedures such as oral surgery will be referred to Montefiore Hospital or other neighboring hospitals. The dental unit has one exam room and shares the sterilizing room with the health center.

BCHN’s school health program is funded by the Bureau of Primary Health Care of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Taft Campus dental unit is funded by the 2015 Expanded Services Grant award that BCHN received from HRSA.

In thanking BCHN and HRSA for providing such an important service to the student population, Dental Director Dr. Debra Sperling noted the fact that dental was a much-needed service in the schools, and shared her hope that more schools would be able to provie dental services in the future.

About Bronx Community Health Network, Inc.
Bronx Community Health Network, Inc. (BCHN) is a non-profit organization and federally funded health center. BCHN’s 17 affiliated community- and school-based centers are owned and operated by Montefiore Medical Center and the Acacia Network. Located throughout the Bronx, these health centers offer affordable, quality medical care and related health services for all, including under- and uninsured Bronx families. Call (718) 904-2516 for appointments for comprehensive pediatric, adolescent, and adult medicine, women’s health, dentistry, and behavioral health services. Our dedicated health care providers and professionals also provide regular checkups, flu shots, immunizations, and other essential diagnostic and social support services, including health education and nutrition counseling, and asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and cancer management programs.

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