The Montefiore Medical Center (MMC) has a long history of providing medical and dental care to residents of the Bronx whose health problems are compounded by poverty. The MMC School Health Program (MSHP) has existed for more than 15 years providing 48,000 visits to 13,000 children in 11 schools in the year 2001. The Dental Department of MMC has been a part of the school health program since 1993.
DeWitt Clinton High School, where the comprehensive oral health program will be established, enrolls nearly 4,000 students, many of whom recently arrived in this country. Forty-six percent of those students are signed up for care at the health center and receive services from a diverse range of health professionals, including nurse practitioners, social workers, pediatric residents and nurse practitioner students, and a sports medicine physician.
Through the Caring for Kids initiative, the School Health Program Dental Division will establish a comprehensive school-based oral health program within the school-based health center at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. Services will include oral health education, routine evaluation, prevention and primary care dental services, and referral services. With grant support, a dentist and a dental hygienist will be hired and a dental resident education component will be added to help meet the dental needs of the students. The space for the dental program adjacent to the school-based health center is being renovated and will be fully operational in the fall of 2002.