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Local Dental Van Receives “Health Hero” Award

by Megan Streng | Dec 05, 2013

(PORTLAND, Ore., May 25, 2010) — Medical Teams International’s Mobile Dental Program will be recognized with a “Health Heroes” award on Wednesday, May 26. Every year the Deschutes County Public Health Advisory Board chooses two Health Heroes.

A Deschutes County “Health Hero” is a local health advocate, volunteer, business or program that has made exceptional strides within a given year helping County residents with their health needs. A board accepts nominations from the community and votes to determine annual Public Health Heroes. This year, Medical Teams International’s Mobile Dental van is one of the award recipients.

Medical Teams International’s Dental Van was chosen for the humanitarian work they provide to Deschutes County residents who are in need of dental care but are not able to pay for such services.

The mission of the Medical Teams International Mobile Dental Program is to provide free or low-cost dental care for low-income children and adults, the homeless and migrant workers who lack insurance or a realistic way to pay for treatment. A few facts about the Mobile Dental program:

Since 1989, Medical Teams International’s Mobile Dental Program has provided care for more 155,000 patients.

In 2009, Medical Teams International provided free dental care for more than 17,000 patients.

Last year, nearly 900 generous volunteer dental professionals provided approximately $6.7 million worth of free dental care and volunteered a total of 14,735 hours.

In total, 12 dental vans provide free dental care throughout Oregon, Washington and Minnesota.