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  • 13 Jan 2017 9:25 AM | Susan Collins (Administrator)

    We are treating over 150 kids at Cascade View Elementary School in Tukwila over the next couple of weeks.  Cascade View has the most diverse student population in the entire country.  Families speak over 80 world languages and 64% of students are identified as English Language Learners. Many are refugees and immigrants who also struggle with culture barriers and have never been in a formal education setting before. An astonishing 25% of the students are homeless.

    Despite the fact that 90% of its students live in poverty, Cascade View had among the biggest increases in 3rd grade reading and math scores last year. Their English Language Learner (ELL) students outperformed the average of all 3rd graders in the state in math and outperformed other ELL students across the state by over 30% points. 

    What an amazing school, with truly a superstar staff.

  • 21 Dec 2016 10:53 AM | Susan Collins (Administrator)
    When you’re climbing a mountain – even if you’re not all the way to the summit - it’s good to turn around and see how far you’ve come!

    Halfway through the 2016-17 school year, it’s worth celebrating the progress our team at Smile Partners has made in helping low-income students in our communities get the dental care they need.

    In 2016, we added new elementary schools in South Kitsap, Central Kitsap and Mason County. We added new preschools in Mason, King and Snohomish counties. We’re still on target to reach 12,000 disadvantaged youths in the Puget Sound area with preventive dental hygiene and referral services.

    That’s a 23% increase in the number of program beneficiaries from 2015-16. And that’s more patients than we’ve ever served in our 12-year history.

    None of it would have been possible without our generous sponsors, in particular the Murdock Charitable Trust, the Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority, the Tulalip Tribe, the Suquamish Tribe, the City of Bainbridge Island, Burkhart Dental, Susila Dharma USA, Grace Episcopal Church, Sheng Yen Lu Foundation, Morrow Kidman Tinker and the many individual donors who want to help kids fight cavities.

    And none of it would have been possible without our incredible team of dentists, dental hygienists, site coordinators, managers and movers: Richard, Jim, April, Brandi, Vicki, Kathy, Kim, Jackie, Susan, Linda O., Linda James, Simon, Lisa, Sarah, Christine, Cristina, Peggy, Tonja, Richele, Brooke, Renee, Brittany, Abbie, Jennifer and Avi. And thanks go to our board for having our backs: Peter, Linda, Bonnie, Latashia, Pat, Bridget, Steve, Clair, Helena and Allison.

    As they often say: it takes a village.

    Happy Holidays!

     

    Imbert Matthee
    Executive Director
  • 21 Dec 2016 10:42 AM | Susan Collins (Administrator)


    Smile Partners’ Grand Opening

    Noon – 1:30 pm

    Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

    33919 9th Ave. S., Suite 1

    Federal Way, WA 98003

    To RSVP, email imbertm@smilepartners.org

    Please join us for the ribbon-cutting grand opening of our new Federal Way office at noon on Feb. 8. The Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, which we joined a few months ago, is helping us stage the event.

    On hand will be a demo school clinic laid out in our lounge, with staff members answering questions about our program to help kids fight tooth decay. While Smile Partners maintains on official address on Bainbridge Island, we opened our operational headquarters in Federal Way in August to support our growth in south King and Kitsap county schools.

  • 21 Dec 2016 10:20 AM | Susan Collins (Administrator)
    Smile Partners is poised to add 9 new preschools in Skagit County in 2017 after adding 9 in Snohomish County in late 2016. That puts its Pre-K program on track to grow by 500 new patients during the 2016-17 school year.

    The growth is the work of our new Pre-K manager, Richele Strong, whose position is supported by a generous three-year grant commitment from the Murdock Charitable Trust based in Vancouver, Wash.

     So far this school year, we've has added 17 new preschools to bring the total number in the Puget Sound area to 77. The organization now has 24 sites in King; 30 Kitsap; 21 in Snohomish and 2 in Mason County. The Skagit County schools would bring the total to 86. The nine sites have a combined enrollment of 200 children.

    The other new sites are elsewhere in the Puget Sound area with the largest number of new schools coming on board in Snohomish County. We added 9 new sites there, followed by 5 in Kitsap, 2 in Mason and 1 in King County. The total number of new patients at the 17 new sites excluding the ones in Skagit County is 296.

    Our goal is to ensure more preschoolers have access to preventive services such as screening, fluoride varnish, oral hygiene instruction and referrals for restorative care. In three years, it wants to double the number of young patients in the Pre-K program to 3,000 from the 1,500 it served during the 2015-16 school year.

  • 20 Dec 2016 10:12 AM | Susan Collins (Administrator)

    We are grateful for the following endorsement we received this week from Catherine Shutty BSN, RN, the District Nurse of the North Mason School District.

    At North Mason School District, we are once again excited to welcome Smile Partners into our schools.  After a successful dental event at Belfair Elementary, we invited Smile Partners to begin dental screenings and treatments at our other elementary school, so each child in our district can have access to care.
     
    Our students love the staff at Smile Partners; they are friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced.  Many of our students do not see a dentist regularly, so having Smile Partners in our schools helps promote the need for regular dental check-ups and helps connects families to dentists in our area.  Students who are often scared to enter a dentist's office are more at ease receiving care in a familiar setting, like their school.  Once they see that getting their teeth checked out isn't as scary as they thought, they're more comfortable next time they go to a dentist's office! 
     
    If student's have dental issues, like cavities or abscesses, they will become less engaged and more distracted in school due to pain and discomfort.  Addressing dental issues leads to greater success in the classroom.  Our student's are directly impacted in school when they receive quality dental care and parents are grateful for this opportunity. 
     
    We are thankful for the presence of dental programs like Smile Partners, and look forward to continuing the promotion of oral health in our schools!
     
     Catherine Shutty BSN, RN
    District Nurse, North Mason School District

  • 15 Dec 2016 9:03 AM | Susan Collins (Administrator)
    Thanks to the appointment of a new Pre-K outreach manager, we are already more than halfway to our goal of adding 500 new patients during the 2016-17 school year.

    Our new outreach manager’s position was supported by a generous three-year grant commitment from the Murdock Charitable Trust, which has empowered Smile Partners to meet a growing need among preschools for comprehensive preventive dental hygiene services.

    So far this school year, Smile Partners has added 17 new preschools to bring the total number in the Puget Sound area to 77. We now have 24 sites in King; 30 Kitsap; 21 in Snohomish and 2 in Mason County. The total number of new patients at the 17 new sites is 296.

    The new sites are in several Puget Sound-area counties with the largest number of new schools coming on board in Snohomish County. Smile Partners added 9 new sites there, followed by 5 in Kitsap, 2 in Mason and 1 in King County.

     Smile Partners’ goal is to ensure more preschoolers have access to preventive services such as screening, fluoride varnish, oral hygiene instruction and referrals for restorative care. In three years, it wants to double the number of young patients in the Pre-K program to 3,000 from the 1,500 it served during the 2015-16 school year.

  • 22 Nov 2016 3:52 PM | Susan Collins (Administrator)

    “Last year, I was a little bit scared,” Linda said about the first time she sat down in the treatment chair next to Brandi M, Smile Partners’ staff hygienist. She was in a lot of pain.

    Linda and her identical twin sister, Flor had just arrived with their parents as refugees from Honduras. They had never received professional dental care.

    “Half of their (baby) teeth had decay,” Brandi said, rating the deterioration an 8 on a scale of 10. “They were very shy."

    Brandi spent about an hour with each girl, instructing, gently cleaning, applying sealants and fluoride. Afterward, Linda and Flor each took home a goodie bag with brushes, floss and a referral list to local dental clinics.

    The twins' mother Lidia told us that Honduran families can only get dental care from private dentists, something way too expensive for poor families like theirs. Our referral got the girls appointments at nearby High Point Dental Clinic.

    When Brandi returned to their school this fall, she was delighted with their progress. Both girls sported healthy grown-up teeth and spoke confidently in their new language. “I saw more of a twinkle in their eyes,” she said. “No one can smile properly if they don’t have teeth they are comfortable with. This year, they were very proud to show off their smiles.”

    “I’m very grateful for the way Smile Partners has helped turn around our daughters’ teeth,” Lidia said. “Smile Partners runs an excellent clinic with wonderful people.”

  • 18 Oct 2016 2:09 PM | Susan Collins (Administrator)

    We are looking for a Kitsap mover to transport our portable dental equipment from a storage unit near Gorst to elementary schools in Kitsap County, as assigned on a contract basis. We supply the van, to be picked up at the storage unit, loaded with items in the unit, driven to a school clinic location, unloaded and returned back to its parked location.  At the conclusion of the clinic, usually 5 days later, this process is repeated in reverse. This is a contract, seasonal (school year) position with 4-6 moves per month on average, for a great cause and with a great team!

    Requirements:

    • great driving record
    • flexibility in schedule

    Compensation:

    • flat rate per move

    Please send your resume for consideration, to Jackie Hoang.

  • 04 Oct 2016 4:56 PM | Susan Collins (Administrator)

    This year, Smile Partners is more than doubling its presence in the West Sound, adding 14 schools in Kitsap County for a total of 24, with two more schools in Mason County. The Kitsap Sun newspaper helped us get the word out with front page coverage in the 10/3 edition of the paper.

    Kitsap Sun 10.3.16 Rollout.pdf



  • 06 Sep 2016 1:09 PM | Susan Collins (Administrator)

    Our new office in Federal Way office will support our mobile teams throughout the Puget Sound more efficiently. The Federal Way Mirror featured Smile Partners in this great article and has helped up to publicize the need for support for our work from within community. Business leaders are encouraged to become a Clinic Sponsor, to underwrite the cost of a clinic in their community.


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