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Non-Profit Offers Free Dental Care

Non-Profit Offers Free Dental Care

 

The tough economy has hurt a lot of different facets of the Las Vegas community including children’s dental care but local non-profits are coming forward to fill that void.

Earlier this month, the United Way announced it was giving thousands of dollars to the group Future Smiles to run free dental clinics for kids 2 to 18 years old in southern Nevada.

"We'll clean their teeth and provide oral hygiene instruction which is very important; many of these children don't have that opportunity to learn about their teeth,” said Future Smiles Public Health Dental Hygienist Eileen Mohr.

Mohr has seen a lot of cases of gum disease and gingivitis but the group has been able to help more than 1,500 kids in the Las Vegas valley get dental care this year. The grant from the United Way is expected to help 900 more kids this summer.

More Money Provided for Dental Health

More Money Provided for Dental Health

A program to improve dental health of hundreds of kids around the valley received a boost in funding.

United Way of Southern Nevada approved $63,000 for Future Smiles. The program provides free dental care for uninsured kids in our valley. Right now the program is funding a dental clinic at Cunningham Elementary School Health Center at Jimmy Durante Boulevard and Flamingo Road. The clinic is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays in July from 8 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The clinic will be closed on Friday, July 22. The clinics are on a walk-in basis.

Additional days the clinic is open:

  • Thursday, July 21 and 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, July 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The free dental services include screenings, sealants, fluoride varnish, cleanings and education about the importance of oral health. Future Smiles and the United Way hope to provide services to 900 kids in need in southern Nevada by the end of this year.

Fundraisers Scheduled for Man with Rare Cancer

Fundraisers Scheduled for Man with Rare Cancer

A Las Vegas man battling a rare form of cancer needs help raising money to pay for his treatment.

Rob Grimshaw married his high school sweetheart, Amber, and they had two beautiful girls, Joslyn, 8, and Savannah, 2. Soon after the second birth is when the trouble began for Rob.

All the details of Rob's story can be found here, but in short, he has been diagnosed with an extremely rare cancer known as epitheliod sarcoma. Rob's diagnosis is one of eight known cases of the disease in the past 15 years in the United States. Seen in the picture is Rob's arm as he deals with sores from aggressive tumors breaking through his skin.

He has traveled to St. Louis and Salt Lake City seeking treatment, but Grimshaw's cancer does not respond to chemotherapy, so he needs experimental and alternative treatments not covered by insurance.

School Health Centers Open Through the Summer

School is out around the valley but health centers at two valley schools are still open.

The health center at Cunningham Elementary School at 4145 Jimmy Durante Blvd hasn't closed its door along with Martinez Elementary School at 350 E. Judson Avenue. The clinics are able to stay open because of an effort by the school district, Clinics in Schools, Communities in Schools and the United Way. The health services usually provided by the clinics will be accessible for children from infants to 18 year old through August.

The clinics are closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily. For specific times and services check out the district's website ccsd.net

Dozens of Children Immunized in Shots 4 Tots Clinic

Dozens of Children Immunized in Shots 4 Tots Clinic

Dozens of southern Nevada children are now better protected against disease because of the latest United Way Shots 4 Tots event.

Nearly 150 kids got their vaccines during the event Saturday at the Walnut Recreation Center. This was the 50th time the Shots 4 Tots event has been held this year. So far, 20,900 children and infants have been immunized through the program. The United Way is hoping to increase the percentage of Nevada children who have been fully immunized. Kids get 80 percent of their vaccines in the first two years of life.

The event also gave families access to free dental exams through the UNLV Dental School and Safe Kids Clark County provided booster seats for the children in attendance.

Health District Extends Hours at Two Clinics

Health District Extends Hours at Two Clinics

The Southern Nevada Health District is extending the hours at two clinics in southern Nevada starting on Monday.

The East Las Vegas Public Health Center will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m to 5:30 p.m. The clinic offers nursing services which include immunizations, health card services, and vital records which is birth and death certificates.

The health district is also extending hours at the Henderson Public Health Center to 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Nursing and health card services will be offered through that center as well. The centers will not offer those services on Friday.

“When we have clinics after hours, we find that many clients are happy that they can come to the health district to get shots for their kids after 4:30 p.m. By extending our hours, we will be able accommodate clients who can’t make it during more traditional hours,” said Bonnie Sorenson, director of nursing.

Sunrise Hospital Ranked Tops in Las Vegas Area

Sunrise Hospital Ranked Tops in Las Vegas Area

Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children's Hospital ranked first out of three hospitals examined in the Las Vegas area in U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings.

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and University Medical Center tied for second place.