Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile builds smiles one child at a time.
The Care Mobile travels to schools and other community locations to provide dental care to kids who might otherwise go without. The Care Mobile visits school sites to ensure the most convenient dental care. Children, already at school, have access to dental care without their parents needing to take time off from work.
The need for a Care Mobile program is overwhelming. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease and an estimated 20 percent of all low-income children have never visited a dentist before entering kindergarten. Children miss more than 51 million hours of school each year because of dental-related diseases.
The dental clinic serves several thousand children each year by providing dental cleanings, sealants and oral health education. The Care Mobile, which is equipped with a wheelchair lift, contains two patient examination rooms and a reception area. The vehicle has heating and cooling systems to enable year-round care.
Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles are built specifically for delivery of dental care for children up to age 21. The program reduces reliance on expensive and inappropriate health resources, such as hospital emergency rooms.
Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha partnered with OneWorld Community Health Centers in 2006 to bring a Care Mobile to our community. OneWorld Community Health Centers serves more than 10,000 people annually throughout its comprehensive health program and services.
The Care Mobile has visited these locations: Liberty Elementary School, Gomez Heritage School, Jackson Elementary School, Belvedere Elementary School, Ashland Park Robbins School, Kennedy Elementary School, Castelar Elementary School and King Elementary School, all in Omaha; and Kreft Elementary School in Council Bluffs.