Turtle Lake Community Health Fair 9/26/2012

Northland Community Health Center in Turtle Lake, North Dakota is very thankful to the Henry Schein Cares program for helping to make our local Health Fair a success!

On September 26, 2012, our company participated in a local McLean County Health Fair and was able to provide free intraoral and extraoral cancer exams, along with the use of a VELscope VX Camera System.  We were able to educate many different age groups on the signs and symptoms of oral cancer while having the ability to make it an interactive booth.  Thanks to Henry Schein Cares we were able to provide free toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and priceless education to many local communities. We received the HSC adult and child oral hygiene kits, and this made our free oral cancer exams possible in a public setting.

Our community of Turtle Lake is an older community with many elderly members.  Many of the people we saw were very appreciative of this service and excited that we were able to provide it for free.  Our community health center is a FQHC that provides services to all regardless of their ability to pay.  We are a non- profit healthcare organization that encourages all patients no matter their financial status to apply for discounted healthcare services.

While providing services at our health fair an elderly lady presented with concern for a spot along her tongue.  We were able to identify one suspicious lesion, and later found out that she had not been into a dental office for many years.  We were able to refer her out to a specialist to have the lesion looked at and biopsied.  Later, she expressed how thankful she was that we were able to do the oral cancer exam that day.  She stated that had we not been providing free exams that day, she probably still would not have made an appointment to have it checked.  Thankfully, the biopsy did come back negative.

Even if we are able to make one persons day brighter, to educate one more patient, to save just one life, that makes each and every day a success. Thank you again to the Henry Schein Cares Foundation for making our day a success- we look forward to working with you again in the future!

Sincerely,

The Staff from the Northland Community Health Center Dental Clinic in Turtle Lake, North Dakota

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