#40 De Paul Alternative High School
October 15, 2012 By Mary Daly
De Paul Alternative High School is tucked behind the Cully Community Garden in NE Portland. Students in the program are working on life changes and adopting new behaviors and habits; many of them were grateful for our services and the chance to take care of long neglected oral health needs.

Have you heard of the little free library movement? Well in the parking lot we spotted the Mother-lode of free libraries; a fabulous structure stocked with books!

Luan Nguyen, RDH with Jake Goertz, Tooth Taxi assistant.

Dr. Christine Vuong and assistant, Annie Nguyen.

Principal Chris Blair was impressed with our program and would like to see the Tooth Taxi return.

From the kid gallery:
In reply to the question, "Do you brush?", a student said, "I used to not, but I started lately."

Realities from the road:
There is high turnover with the students; a couple of students left the program mid-week. A student we had screened was taken to jail a few hours later; tough transitions for these young adults.

Other notes:
73% of students screened needed treatment
27% needed no treatment

Portland, De Paul Alternative High School, Oct. 15-19, 2012

•  22 students screened
•  0 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  35 appointments in the van
•  $11,425 value of free dental services provided.

Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – October 19, 2012

•  12,387 students screened
•  12,040 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  5,617 students treated in the van
•  $3,327,352 value of free dental services provided

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