Clowning around to provide free oral care for kids in AZ

Dr. Brianna Hillier partners with Ronald McDonald to provide free oral care for kids in out-of-the-way southern Arizona.

The Director of Dental Services at Chiricahua Community Health Center helps the people of Cochise County by offering oral care to all regardless of ability to pay. Through its partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona, it’s able to redouble its efforts for pediatric patients. Dr. Hillier shares the story with Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine:

“When the Chiricahua Community Health Center’s Molar Patroller couldn’t take its services on the road any longer, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile pulled up to save the day. The community health center and the famed burger clown’s eponymous charity house, you see, are now partnering to provide free oral-health care to children in Cochise County, a rural outpost in far southeastern Arizona.”

Reports Rebecca Chieffallo, Incisal Edge
Dental assistant Denise Godoy welcomes a new young patient to the mobile clinic.

According to the story, CCHCI’s dentists work out of the Care Mobile, a dental office that travels to schools and communities throughout the immense county, which is roughly the size of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined. CCHCI’s own delightfully named Molar Patroller operated for a decade until 2014, when the group determined the vehicle had become outdated. Patients, Dr. Hillier reports, can’t wait to see the new ride.

“[Parents] would come in for checkups and say they really missed seeing us out at the schools, and the kids did as well. When they heard we were coming back, they were very excited.”

Dr. Brianna Hillier, Director of Dental Services at Chiricahua Community Health Center

Read the full interview and learn how you can help: https://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/mag/article/clowning-around/