Providing Dental Care to Kids

Two local nonprofit organizations have come together to provide dental care to kids who need it most.

OneWorld Community Health Centers and Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha will begin operating a mobile dental clinic later this month that serves students at schools and agencies.

"We know there are children in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area who never see a dentist and don’t have a toothbrush," said Andrea Skolkin, chief executive officer of OneWorld Community Health Centers. "We aim to get kids the dental care they need."

Here’s how the partnership works. Ronald McDonald House Charities, the official charity of McDonald’s, provided the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. The 40-foot-long vehicle contains two dental chairs and a reception area. It is staffed by a dentist, two dental assistants and a coordinator. Children will receive dental care at schools in Omaha and Council Bluffs, and at other agencies serving youths in need.

OneWorld Community Health Centers and Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha will provide the operating funds for the mobile clinic. Collaborating agencies include Charles Drew Health Center and Council Bluffs Community Health Center.

"When our friends at OneWorld approached us about collaborating on this worthwhile project, we saw it as an opportunity to serve more children in need," said Kevin Warneke, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha.

The project has received support from such organizations as William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation, the Alegent Health Community Benefit Trust, the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation, the Omaha Community Foundation, Mutual of Omaha, First National Bank and Omaha Public Power District.