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Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

A child-friendly dental suite on wheels

Boy with large stuffed animal smiles in dentist's chair

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile — operated in partnership with St. Peters Health Partners Dental Center — provides free, comprehensive dental care to local school children. The Care Mobile is equipped with two fully-functioning dental offices that can travel directly to area schools to reach children who are under-served and/or under-insured. Dental services are provided to those in need, regardless of their family’s ability to access or pay for services elsewhere.

Overview

Together, RMHC-CR and St. Peters Health Partners are working to meet the dental needs of under-served families in the Capital Region. Our goals are to:

  • Provide comprehensive pediatric dental care;
  • Help children find a primary dentist for ongoing care and lasting relationships; and
  • Assist families in obtaining health and dental insurance.

Our organizations have partnered to make it as convenient as possible for families to receive vital dental care for good oral health, regardless of their ability to pay.

To learn more, contact Don Emery, Director of Community Service Programs, at (518) 438-2655.

Outreach

Each year, a dedicated team of dental experts provides a comprehensive range of services through the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. Additionally, we work closely with St. Peters Health Partners to provide educational and promotional outreach to local schools and in the community at large.

The Care Mobile debuted in 2006 and initially served five Albany City School District schools. The program has since expanded to serve the Rensselaer City School District and the Menands Union Free School District.  In one school year, the dental team provides treatment for several hundred students across the Capital Region. During the summer months, the Care Mobile reaches out to children at local youth centers, Head Start programs, and daycare facilities.

Did You Know?

  • Tooth decay is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever as a chronic childhood disease.
  • Pain from dental disease is the second leading cause of school absenteeism for children ages 5 through 9.
  • Dental disease is most prevalent in populations whose access to care is compromised by:
    • Language and transportation barriers
    • An inability to pay for services
    • Lack of coverage
    • Complex oral and medical conditions, and
    • Lack of available providers.