Salem-Keizer School District

Salem-Keizer School District (24J) was founded in 1855. Located in the cities of Salem and Keizer, the district is the second-largest in Oregon and educates more than 40,000 students in 65 schools.

Oral health services
The Dental Health Solutions for Children program improves the oral health of students through collaborative efforts emphasizing education, prevention services and access to care. It has received awards and serves as a program model for other Oregon communities. Components include:

  • Oral health education for parents, presented at Head Start parent meetings, teen parent programs, health fairs, housing shelters, and other venues.
  • Oral health education for students, presented at all 46 district elementary schools
  • Free care for Salem-Keizer students experiencing dental pain that affects their ability to eat, sleep and learn
  • The Neighborhood Dentist Program pairs each school with a local dentist who donates one urgent treatment appointment per month to a low-income, uninsured student in acute pain
  • Medical Teams International Mobile Unit dentists and staff volunteer for five hours at school-based clinics
  • Give Kids a Smile Clinics offer volunteer services in dental offices to prescreened students, who are also eligible for interpretation and transportation

Grant purpose
Salem-Keizer School District received a grant to support its Dental Health Solutions for Children program by increasing strategic partnerships, adding a fluoride varnish component and expanding service to three more middle schools

Jessica Minahan, Dental Health Coordinator:
Meagan Walker, Dental Health Program Assistant, EFDA: