On Friday, February 5, 2016, Neighborhood Health Services Corporation (NHSC) participated in the annual Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) Day. The GKAS program was started by the American Dental Association in 2003 and has been sponsored by the New Jersey Dental Association (NJDA) throughout the State of New Jersey since its inception. Each year, NJDA supports participating locations in the State and collaborates with Colgate and Henry Schein to provide dental supplies (tooth brushes, tooth paste, bibs, gauze, fluoride and prophy angles) to assist with the dental screenings performed at the event.
Forty-nine (49) children were treated at Neighborhood Health Center Plainfield (NHCP) while twenty-two (22) children were treated at Neighborhood Health Center Elizabeth (NHCE). Activities included: issuing a Cavity Free Certificate to children with no dental caries, face painting, glitter tattoos, book reading and animated videos. Patient education was provided by NHSC’s managed care partners, Wanda Brauner of Amerigroup and La-Kisa Hines from United HealthCare. Additionally Amerigroup donated funds assisted with the purchase of healthy snacks, decorations and goody bags. United HealthCare donated water and snacks.