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Oklahoma Caring Foundation partners with the Oklahoma Dental Association to reveal new dental van

Sep. 12, 2018

Oklahoma City, OK — A new dental van dedicated to serving Oklahomans was revealed Friday, Sept. 7 at the 2018 Homeless Alliance’s Sooner Stand Down veteran event. The new dental van, dedicated to providing oral health care services across the state of Oklahoma, was provided by a partnership through the Oklahoma Caring Foundation  and the Oklahoma Dental Foundation .

The new van will focus on preventive oral health services and education for children and adults, while providing free, year-round preventive oral health care to those who qualify.

The van will be coordinated and staffed by the Oklahoma Dental Foundation and administered by the Oklahoma Caring Foundation. The dental van helps eliminate financial, geographical and situational barriers to dental care access.

“With this new dental van, we are expanding our geographic reach, as well as the lifesaving preventive oral health services,” said Brooke Townsend, Oklahoma Caring Foundation executive director. “We are proud to partner with the Oklahoma Dental Foundation to serve children and adults across the state of Oklahoma.”

The Caring van will accompany the Oklahoma Dental Foundation’s MobileSmiles unit to sites, increasing efficiency and the number of treatments provided at each location.

About The Oklahoma Caring Foundation: The Oklahoma Caring Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization administered as an in kind gift by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company. These companies are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The Foundation was established in 1994 to improve the health of Oklahoma children through vaccinations and access to basic, preventive health care. For more information, visit oklahomacaringfoundation.org .

About The Oklahoma Dental Foundation: The Oklahoma Dental Foundation (ODF) began in 1959 to improve access to oral health care for Oklahomans. The organization works to eliminate barriers to dental treatment by creating a coordinated system and opportunities whereby dentists can volunteer their professional services to Oklahomans in need. A key component of their work is to provide continuing education for dental professionals and oral health education for Oklahomans who simply don’t understand the direct connection between oral health and systemic health. For more information, visit okdf.org .

About The Homeless Alliance is a nonprofit organization in Oklahoma City whose mission is to rally the community to end homelessness. The organization works to build the capacity of the community through collaboration with other agencies and build a system that is more efficient, rationale, and caring. The Homeless Alliance has several housing programs for families with children, veterans and people who are chronically homeless and operates the Westtown Homeless Resource Campus which includes a Resource Center, a housing complex and a Day Shelter. For more information, visit homelessalliance.org .