Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) of Jefferson County
From the #deltadentalARFoundation: Clients at Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) of Jefferson County soup kitchen and food pantry have noticed some changes of late..
Sure, they still receive a hot lunch or groceries to prepare meals at home.
But these days, they also receive take-home flyers and handouts about the link between a healthy diet and good oral and overall health. Think good-for-you recipes, nutrition advice and Do’s and Don’ts for healthy teeth.
Ever since Pat took the helm at the Pine Bluff non-profit in 2019, she has pondered the complex connections of hunger, homelessness, health and access to medical and dental care. And she’s been determined to help devise long-term strategic solutions that can untangle this web. #
#CommunityGrant funding from the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation allowed her to get started.
First, Pat conducted a survey about dental care among the 600+ individuals who visit N2N each month. She had observed that many suffered from poor oral health with missing or broken teeth, painful cavities or tender gums. .
So the survey asked questions like,
The answers indicated a fear of the dentist, lack of insurance, concerns about costs and the assumption that only dental emergencies warranted a trip to the dentist.
Pat then initiated a partnership with local oral health providers to teach and promote healthy habits that lead to good oral health. Plans are underway to involve these nonprofit and government agencies to open a satellite location at N2N.
If all goes as hoped, clients picking up lunch or pantry items will be able to get dental referrals, help making dentist appointments and, possibly--depending on funding and other developments--even dental screenings.
She’s also expanded the daily lunch choices to include more fresh meat, whole dairy and produce from local growers. A healthy diet rich in vitamins, protein and complex carbs supports oral health
We like those developments a lot and have asked Pat to tell us more. Maybe we can help with another grant
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