School - Based Dental Clinic
Integrated Arts Academy [IAA]
operated by the Community Health Centers of Burlington [CHCB]
Providing primary dental care to students of the
Burlington School District
Clinic Goals: To provide dental services to Burlington students who otherwise would not recive them. Having a dental clinic in our school means kids have easier access to dental care.
Why in the Burlington Schools? According to the U.S. Surgeon General, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. More than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental related illnesses. In the past, dental issues have hurt Burlington stiudents' schools' school attendance and, therefore, academic performance.
Who can be served? The IAA clinic can provide about 750 students with two dental checkups per year. Those who are uninsured or insured by Medicaid or Dr. Dynasaur can get services either at the IAA clinic (students in grades K-8) or at Community Health Centers of Burlington.
How does it work? The IAA clinic is open from noon to 4 pm. Interpreters are available to translate for children and parents who do not speak English. If parents are unavailable, transportation between the student's home school and clinic can be provided by Medicaid.
Who paid for the clinic? This clinic is modeled on a similar clinic at the Molly Stark School in Bennington. U.S. Rep Bernie Sanders was able to get $100,000 to renovate the former school space and buy equipment for the Burlington clinic, and the School District recruited the Community Health Centers of Burlington to operate the clinic. Community Health Centers donors contributed an additional $35,000 to cover costs.
For more information about this program, including downloadable registration forms, please visit the CHCB School-Based Dental Center Program website or call Jon Bourgo at Community Health Centers at 864-6309, ext. 192.
Dental Clinic Eligibility
Free Press Dental Clinic Article
Letter from Rep. Bernie Sanders
|Last Updated: 5/18/16|