CHICAGO—(ENEWSPF)—February 10, 2015. Congresswoman Robin Kelly visited Roseland Community Hospital’s new Mobile Dental Van during its stop at the hospital’s Women, Infant and Children’s Center, where a pediatric dentist provided babies and toddlers with their first dental exams.
“As chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, children’s dental care is one of my top priorities,” Congresswoman Kelly said. “The link between good dental care and overall health has been conclusively established. But due to the high cost of dental services, our children—and older adults—too often suffer from dental diseases that can be prevented or treated at an early stage. Through legislation I’ve recently introduced, I’m working to increase access to dental care and build healthier communities.”
Rep. Kelly, alongside Congressman Mike Simpson, (R-ID), introducedH.R. 539, the Action for Dental Health Act of 2015, which encourages early dental care, and provides individuals with the opportunity to trade dental services for community service. The legislation will target federal dollars to state and local dental organizations to provide proven oral health care services in a manner that effectively addresses the barriers to dental care many Americans face. The bill would have a significant impact on many underserved communities.
The Mobile Health Van is sponsored by Roseland Community Hospital and the Mobile CARE Foundation, which delivers no-cost medical and preventative care to low-income children and families aboard mobile medical clinics.