New Dimensions receives grant

AMSTERDAM — The New Dimensions in Health Care recently received a $2,000 grant from the Carondelet Community Fund. The funding from this grant will be used to support NDHC’s dental education and community outreach program, one-two-three Smile, according to a news release.

With financial support from the CCF, NDHC will continue to uphold its commitment to providing low-income families in Fulton and Montgomery counties with the education, training and tools needed to maintain good oral hygiene. The one-two-three Smile program has seen a success since its inception in 2005. At present, the program is educating more than 700 local children per year.

Through the one-two-three Smile program, NDHC partners with local schools to present a dental program to children ages 3 to 10. A puppet show is presented to younger children, which helps convey proper dental care concepts, while a program focused on nutrition and the long-term effects of not brushing is presented to older children.

In addition to learning and engagement achieved through one-two-three Smile, all participants receive educational material to share with their caregivers. Many area families are uninformed of the low or no cost health and dental insurance coverage options that may be available to them at NDHC, thus preventing them from seeking necessary care. This education is a crucial part of NDHC’s community outreach efforts.

By Patricia Older

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