“Now that I can smile again, I am excited to go back to school,” said Gersen.
Only one day before this, hungry and in pain, Gersen stumbled through a back-to-school event with his mother and two siblings. After he had picked out a new shirt and a pair of pants, his mother noticed a sign for free dental screenings provided by Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health (NOAH). She knew that Gersen had been in pain for some time, making it difficult for him to eat, but could not afford to see a dentist.
After a quick screening, it was apparent that Gersen needed immediate attention. The NOAH hygienist scheduled a next-day appointment for emergency dental work. After the appointment, Gersen told the staff, “Now that I can smile again, I am excited to go back to school!’’
Thousands of Arizonans find themselves in need every day. Thanks to sponsors like you, NOAH helps patients like Gersen find their smile again, through the medical, dental and behavioral health services that we provide to our community and neighbors.
Join our community supporters with your sponsorship today. For the thousands of patients who need our help every day, your gift isn’t just a donation – it provides hope for a better and healthier tomorrow.
On Saturday, July 27 and August 3rd, Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health – NOAH will be hosting the 2019 Back-To-School Health Checks. During NOAH’s largest community service event of the year, we plan to provide no-cost well-child checks, sports physicals, immunizations, and dental screenings with fluoride to over 500 families. To complete the event, a fun fair will be provided for children that will include face painting and entertainment.
Back-to-school check-ups are often the only visit most kids and teenagers have with their healthcare provider every year. The annual physical gives the provider a chance to give the child a thorough physical exam and address any emotional, developmental, or social concerns. A healthy childhood and adolescence calls for balancing home life, school, social activities, sports, and extracurricular pursuits. This is not easy, especially during a time when the child is passing through the years of growth, learning, exploration, and emotional and physical development. This is all the more reason to set aside one day during each of those years for your child to see a healthcare provider.
These events are a big undertaking that requires a collaboration of several organizations whose mission and vision is to help the community regardless of insurance or financial status. Helen Keller once said, “ALONE we can do so little, TOGETHER we can do so much.” Through community partnerships, we can accomplish projects that really mean a lot to the community. What better way to accomplish this than by supporting children and families in the community we all serve?