The American Dental Association began the Give Kids a Smile Day (GKAS) program in 2002 during the month of February, which is National Children’s Dental Health Movement. Beth Kilian the Program Manager of Mobile Dental Services stressed the Community Health Center’s significant role in the celebration. It offers patients with HUSKY insurance and non – insurance based patients with the opportunity for free dental care for children.
Our kickoff event began in our Meriden location on February 6th with many children attending and continuing in the trend throughout the month. Dr. Heather Crockett- Washington our Chief Dental Officer welcomed everyone and listed the various events taking place within CHC for Give Kids a Smile. Lori Clavette the Mobile Dental Manager of Hygienists strongly expresses the importance to increase awareness to families who are underprivileged to take advantage of the opportunities provided through Give Kids a Smile. Miguel Castro the Meriden City Councilor Chair of Human Services Committee stopped by as a proud community member of Meriden who believes in bridging the gap of healthcare disparities and making partnerships like these to further increase healthy communities.