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Calgary Syrian refugees to get free check-ups from dental health bus

The bus will be at the Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre this Saturday

The Alex Dental Health Bus

The Alex Community Health Centre

The Alex Dental Health Bus

Many Syrian refugees will be all smiles come Saturday thanks to a visit from the Alex Dental Health Bus (DHB).

The Alex Community Health Centre has announced that their mobile DHB will be visiting the Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre Saturday to bring dental care to refugee families.

Recently, the Syrian Refugee Steering Committee, comprised of several agencies including the Calgary Catholic Immigration Services (CCIS), Mosaic Primary Care Network and The Alex, identified a number of barriers to dental care for these new Calgarians, including access to transportation, language barriers, and a variety of settlement appointments that make week-day appointments challenging.

Denise Kokaram, Program Lead for the DHB noted that while this partnership was a new one for The Alex team, it was business as usual for the nimble organization.

“The idea is for the DHB team to identify needs and refer clients to the appropriate provider, ultimately finding long-term dental homes for New Canadians. This is the same work that we do for our working disadvantaged families,” said Kokaram.

The Alex said in a release that they recognized their mobile dental bus would be the ideal solution, providing “in-house” care that reaches beyond the dental hygiene appointments they have been providing on week-days from their Community Health Centre’s New Canadian clinic.

The clinic will provide oral exams, x-rays and oral hygiene instructions, and Dr. Minhas has volunteered his own office for scheduled appointments for follow up restorative and hygiene treatments.

For more information on The Alex, visit www.thealex.ca

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