Children living in safe and healthy homes are more likely to reach their educational goals and are less likely to engage in harmful health behaviors. Children exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on the other hand are less likely to reach their full potential. This is why Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) is working together with community partners to prevent ACEs and ensure that children live in safe and healthy homes.
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The risks of contracting Sexually Transmitted Diseases or Infections (STDs or STIs), and unintended pregnancies are greatly lowered when adolescents engage in safe sexual practices. At Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA), our programs and services provide up to date information about reproductive health so that all adolescents who choose to engage in sexual practices do so safely.
The Community Dental Program at Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) has been paused since March 2020 and will resume when it is COVID safe to do so. Prior to COVID-19, this program would take the mobile dental clinic to every public school in Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City school districts. The goal of this program is to visit every school twice a year so that more preventative care can be provided and the program is able to see more patients. Preventative care includes: exams, cleanings, x-rays, fluoride, sealants, oral hygiene instructions, and dental education. The Community Dental Program works closely with the school nurses to make sure that any child who has reported previous dental pain has the consent form completed and are able to be seen when the program comes to their school. This program has also gone to community churches, nursing homes, and a Salisbury location to treat Veteran patients.
When the mobile clinic comes to a school all students are provided with the opportunity to be seen by our dental team. The students are sent home with a consent form that must be completed by the parents at the beginning of the year. When we arrive at the school, we will see everyone that has a consent form (no matter their insurance) and is due for an exam, cleaning, x-ray, fluoride, and may do restorative work if there is time.
This program is working to reduce barriers in terms of access to care. We work closely with the school nurses from Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City school districts to ensure that children miss minimal amount of instructional time and are able to be seen at our mobile clinic. By going to the school, parents do not have to worry about transportation, taking time off work, or scheduling. A lot of the patients we serve are only seen when the clinic comes to their school. Each year, CHA completes an oral health screening on all Kindergarten children to identify needs and establish dental follow up with families as needed. We are working to build trusting and lasting relationships with the adult population which will help with stigma and fear that may come with seeing a dentist for in-person treatment.