Community Homeless Connect (Salem Oregon) Cindy Brawand (second from the left, in front), EPDH donated her expertise for the sixth consecutive year to Community Homeless Connect. Overall the dental providers donated $27,922 in dentistry services. Capitol Dental Care, Willamette Dental and ENDS also contributed to the event in the supplying of volunteers, materials, portable dental chairs and coordinating services.
Cindy Brawand (third from left), with other Community Homeless Connect volunteers.
Community Homeless Connect is a one day resource fair focused to connect our homeless neighbors and those at risk of becoming homeless. Services include medical care, cutting hair, serving food, and more.
“You learn something everyday if you pay attention.”
Laura, age 48, suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome which is an extremely rare connective tissue disorder with different presentations that have been classified into several primary types. Laura’s type is the rarest and fatal.
At the age of only 20, Laura obtained her teaching degree and postgraduate degree in Nutritional Medicine at one of Australia’s leading institutions, Macquarie University in Sydney. The university has been recognized for high-quality research amongst its unique courses. Beyond academics Laura’s favorite things are her 12 year old dog, Max, and weather filled with sunshine. Laura says that Max always gives her a reason to get out of bed in the morning.
Laura has had several abscessed teeth that needed to be addressed, but due to her medical condition she has not been able to leave her home for dental treatment. Laura says, “When you lose so much in life from debilitating health conditions it’s very traumatic when you also begin to lose your teeth.”
Laura is an excellent sketch artist.
Through the E.N.D.S. program, Dr. James Hayden and his assistant have made home visits for Laura’s dental care. She’s very grateful for the dental treatment that Dr. Hayden has provided her. With the dental benefits made possible by Oregon Health Plan and providers like Dr. Hayden, Laura is able to access quality oral healthcare that is contributing greatly to her quality of life!
“Never be afraid to dream a little bigger”
Erick, age 23, recently became a patient of Exceptional Needs Dental Services (ENDS). Erick was born with Menkes syndrome, a disorder that affects copper levels in the body. For the first three years of his life, Erick underwent treatment at the Nation Institute of Health in Maryland.
Erick is big into painting, arts and crafts and also has a vast DVD and VHS collection. Although he doesn’t talk, he will let his family know exactly what movie he wants to watch if they are laid out in front of him. His favorites are classic horror movies such as the Chucky and Friday the 13th collections. He always starts to laugh right before his favorite parts.
Finding a dentist that would treat Erick proved to be nearly impossible. He is wheelchair bound and due to issues with his spine, even small transportations will often induce seizures and cause him to go into convulsions.
Erick’s family was in dire straits when it was apparent that he had an oral infection. His jaw was very swollen and he was experiencing a lot of pain. They were pleased to find that Dr. Jim Hales, ENDS mobile dentist, was able to treat Erick at their home. Dr. Hales saw Erick in November and was able to take care of all of his treatment needs on the first visit. It made a huge difference that they were able to see Erick in the comfort of a familiar environment. Erick’s mother said that after his appointment he was all smiles and blowing kisses as Dr. Hales and his assistant were leaving.
With the dental benefits made possible by Oregon Health Plan (OHP) and providers like Dr. Hales, Erick will continue to receive quality care that is having an extremely positive effect on his life.
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world”
Christopher, an avid gamer and father of two, has been a lifelong resident of Oregon and resides in the Willamette Valley area. Until recently he had been struggling to access dental care.
When he was 23, Christopher was in an automobile accident that paralyzed him from the chest down. Osteoporosis has also compromised his bone health and he has to be very careful when being transported anywhere. Obtaining any kind of medical or dental treatment has been nearly impossible because many offices are unable to accommodate a stretcher.
Christopher’s family spent years looking for a dentist that would be able to see him in the home setting. Upon finding Dr. Jim Hales, his mother was absolutely thrilled. Throughout his career, Dr. Hales has treated countless patients in a variety of complex circum-stances to meet their needs. He met with Christopher and was able to treat him in the comfort of his bed. Using a portable x-ray unit, Dr. Hales was able to accurately assess the condition of Christopher’s oral health. He performed a cleaning as well as completing two fillings.
Christopher and his family were incredibly thankful for the services that were provided by Dr. Hales, saying, “It was a true blessing. They are such nice people.”
The dental care benefits made possible through Oregon Health Plan and providers like Dr. Hales allow thousands of patients like Christopher to receive quality oral health care. The Exceptional Needs Dental Services (E.N.D.S.) program integrates providers from Portland to Medford, including some coastal areas to better accomplish the goal of bringing dental care to those that need it most.
“Once you choose hope, anything is possible”
Betty, age 67, has been at Corvallis Manor for several years due to a cerebrovascular accident. Betty uses a specialized wheel chair designed to meet her specific care and transportation needs.
Staff describes Betty as an upbeat person. She is a native of Oklahoma with a little “drawl” and keeps busy throughout the day watching television, tending her collection of houseplants, and keeps the staff on their toes. Betty loves spicy food, the hotter the better, as well as hot salsa on the side.
Due to Betty’s compromised ability to go to a formal dental setting and inability to transfer to a formal dental examination chair, she has been seen by the E.N.D.S. program since January 2011. Through the E.N.D.S. program, Betty has access to dental care in the comfort of her room. E.N.D.S. mobile dentist, Dr. Hayden, is able to treat Betty bedside or in her wheelchair through the use of a mobile dental unit. Since being referred, Betty has received regular exams, cleanings, and several restorations. Today, Betty’s teeth are healthy and strong.
Betty is very appreciative of the E.N.D.S. program. She said that the extra time, care, and consideration shown by Dr. Hayden and his assistant is very important to her, and she is glad she does not have to leave her own room.
With the dental care benefits made possible by Oregon Health Plan and providers like Dr. Hayden, Betty is able to access quality oral healthcare that is contributing greatly to her quality of life.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do”
Gail, top left, with his family
Gail, age 70, resides in an assisted living facility in the Willamette Valley area. He and his wife ran a construction company for many years where he specialized in carpentry, and very much enjoyed working with his hands. However, Gail’s life changed drastically when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at a young age.
It is extremely difficult for Gail to leave the facility. His anxiety heightens tremendously and can even cause him to suffer from hallucinations. Inside the facility is a completely different story. He feels much more at ease and is very comfortable, often enjoying a nice cup of hot cocoa. He visits with the other residents and staff members, and watches movies in the main recreation area. For this reason, his wife and care staff are very appreciative that Dr. James Hayden, ENDS mobile dentist, is able to visit him in the care facility.
Dr. Hayden started seeing Gail in 2012. Since then Gail has had various dental needs addressed that would have been impossible if not for the mobile service. Dr. Hayden was able to save a tooth that had become chipped, as well as referring Gail for regular cleanings by ENDS Expanded Practice Hygienist, Ann Ossinger. This combination of care has had a great impact on Gail’s oral health, ensuring that he will be able to keep his smile for many years to come.
The dental care benefits that are made available through Oregon Health Plan and providers like Dr. Hayden and Ann Ossinger are the reason that Gail is able to access quality oral healthcare that would otherwise be inaccessible. The staff at Gail’s facility and his family are very thankful for the ENDS service.
Community Homeless Connect, currently in its sixth year of operation, is a one day resource fair focused to connect our homeless neighbors and those at risk of becoming homeless. Services provided include medical care, haircuts, food serving, and more.
Cindy Brawand (shown in the photo below, center), EPDH donated her expertise for the fifth consecutive year, seeing 15 of the 45 total that were treated. Capitol Dental Care, Willamette Dental and ENDS also contributed to the event in the supplying of volunteers, materials, portable dental chairs and coordinating services. Overall the dental providers donated over $21,233 in dentistry services.
Cindy Brawand (center), with other Community Homeless Connect volunteers.