Free dental services will be highlighted in yearlong 2021 celebrations.
In 2021, HealthLink Dental Clinic will celebrate its 20th year of providing free dental services to adult residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties who meet its basic eligibility standards. This year-long anniversary celebration is announced by Raquel Braemer, the organization’s executive director.
“It is hard to believe that HealthLink, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, has been serving the community that long,” notes new board president Rick James. “I think the fact that we tightened our focus five years ago to exclusively providing dental services and oral health education may be a key factor in our success. It has helped us better direct our limited resources and realize greater impact with our programming. More people are learning who we are, what we do, and how we can serve people living in this area. They are helping ‘spread the word’ about one of the area’s valuable health resources.”
Going into 2021 HealthLink will launch a new logo, identity program, and local business outreach initiative to help heighten awareness and better inform area residents of its full range of free dental services that includes exams, x-rays, cleanings, extractions, root canals, and community education programs. The celebration will also include a series of broadcast and print public service announcements (PSAs) for local media to embrace, support, and run with over the next 12 months or longer. To make all this both fun and memorable, the entire 2021 plan is calling on the one dental expert we all know but have never seen … until now – the Tooth Fairy!
HealthLink plans to introduce “Project Tooth Fairy” with an outreach component that allows area children to actually see and hear important messages from none other than the Tooth Fairy herself.
For anyone who has not been taking care of their dental health, it is never too late to start. Daily hygiene like teeth brushing, flossing, rinsing thoroughly, and scheduling cleanings and check-ups with your dentist goes a long way in preventing dental problems at any age.
To help put HealthLink’s community contributions into perspective, since opening its doors in 2001, the state-of-the-art dental clinic has seen more than 24,600 patients. Over the 20-year timeframe that is an average of 1,230 patients walking through the clinic doors each year. With an average value of each patient’s care totaling $387 last year, it is fair to estimate that HealthLink has saved our residents as much as $9.5 million. Based on these numbers, there is no question about HealthLink Dental Clinic’s value to Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Like the Tooth Fairy, up until now, HealthLink has been a well-kept secret. Yet, by all indications, it appears that that is about to change.
The process for becoming a HealthLink patient can be found on the clinic’s website www.healthlinkdental.org. All interested adults are asked to complete an application (online or by mail/fax) and provide the required documents. The clinic’s eligibility coordinator will review the application and call the prospective patient.
To learn more about HealthLink’s 2021 plan, its Project Tooth Fairy initiative, PSA campaign, or its business outreach initiative, visit healthlinkdental.org, call 215-364-4247, or follow them on Facebook @HealthLink1. As an active member of this community HealthLink welcomes new patients, dental professional volunteers, financial contributions, and corporate sponsors.
PHOTO CAP: From left to right, Immediate Past President Dr. Bernie Dishler, Executive Director Raquel Braemer, and Board President Rick James present HealthLink’s refreshed logo for the anniversary year.