Published : Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 6:53 AM
Young & Healthy, a Pasadena-based non-profit dedicated to children’s health, will be sponsoring a free dental clinic for children who qualify from Friday, February 23 – March 1, 2015. This annual event provides free dental care to children in greater Pasadena – including Altadena, South Pasadena, and Sierra Madre – who lack dental insurance. “Many of our visitors – including teens – are seeing a dentist for the first time,” comments Young & Healthy Executive Director Mary Donnelly-Crocker.
Each year, Young & Healthy enlists the USC Mobile Dental Clinic to come to Pasadena and serve its client base. “For a full week, children who do not have health insurance can have their teeth examined, cavities filled, and other, even extensive dental services met,” explains Ms. Donnelly-Crocker. The services provided include diagnostic (X-rays), preventative (fluoride treatments, scaling, sealing, etc.), restorative (fillings, pulpotomies and crowns) and surgical procedures (root planing, root removals and extractions).
Though the dental clinic is free, appointments are mandatory in advance of the clinic dates, as enrollment is limited to 120 children. No walk-in clients can be assisted. Parents can determine if their child or children qualify for the clinic and can make an appointment by calling Young & Healthy at 626-795-5166 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The clinic will be held at Altadena Elementary School in Altadena, Ca.
The USC Mobile Dental Clinic does require a fee for visiting the community. Each year, Young & Healthy raises money from private donors, foundations and other sources of support to meet this cost. There will be a hosted lunch for all participants and volunteers organized by Young & Healthy’s Alliance. This year the Pasadena Lion’s Club mobile vision van will also be joining us on Saturday.
About Young & Healthy
Young & Healthy, a Pasadena-based 501(c)(3) organization, delivers comprehensive direct health, mental health and dental services to low-income, greater Pasadena school children who are unable to access high-quality health care services due to the unavailability or inadequacy of insurance. Young & Healthy maintains a network of 350 physicians, dentists, mental health care professionals and others who volunteer their services to the program. Young & Healthy’s broad array of health services includes medical care, dental care, mental care, programs related to asthma, pharmacy/lab support, parent enrichment and education, and insurance outreach. For further information, contact Whitney Harrison, Program Director, at 626-795-5166.