Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Promise CHC makes dental care affordable, accessible for patients

by Derrick Vander Waal

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA – Leonardo Gabriel Márquez says many patients are surprised when they find out how the dental program works at Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center.

Dental assistant/interpreter Leonardo Gabriel Márquez of Promise Community Health Center says patients are surprised how affordable and accessible Promise makes dental care for them.
The dental assistant/interpreter said they are happy to find out that Promise greatly discounts the cost of dental appointments – to as as low as $40 – depending on their household income and size if they have no insurance. They also discover that Promise accepts Medicaid patients – one of the few dental clinics in the area to do so.

Therefore, Marquez said Promise’s dental team educates patients that dental care is an affordable option for them. In fact, if they receive preventative care, they likely will save a lot of money in the long term.

“Prevention is the key,” he said. “We are trying to switch the mindset in how they think about how dental care works.”

Marquez, who is an immigrant from Mexico, said Spanish-speaking patients are happy to find out that an interpreter is readily available to assist them in their own language with dental appointments at Promise.

He noted that many people from Mexico or Central American countries don’t come from cultures with as good of access to dental care and do not value preventative care as highly. As a result, many have problems in their mouth.

Therefore, the dental team emphasizes the importance of regular checkups. In particular, patients are reminded that Medicaid covers two checkups per year at no cost to them, so they should use those for their benefit. Patients also are encouraged to brush and floss their teeth twice a day, and parents are encouraged teach their children these tasks.

Taking those steps can help fight against cavities and gum disease, he said.

“It’s important for them to find out the proper way for them to take care of their mouth,” Marquez said. “It’s important to go to the dentist twice a year. If there is a cavity, it will be super small and super easy to fix. It’s especially important for the kids because they will learn that going to the dentist is important. It starts with the parents. We need them to encourage their kids.”

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision and behavioral health services. To learn more, visit www.promisechc.org and watch this video.


LEO’S DENTAL TIPS:
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so Leo Gabriel Marquez offers these simple “Rule of 2’s” dental tips to teach your children how to care for their mouths to keep them healthy:
  • Brush 2 times a day;
  • Brush for 2 minutes.
  • Visit your dentist 2 times a year.


SPANISH VERSION:
For a Spanish version of the story, click here.

Centro de salud comunitario Promesa hace que el cuidado dental sea asequible para los pacientes


SIOUX CENTER – Leonardo Gabriel Márquez dice que, muchos pacientes se sorprenden cuando se enteran de cómo el programa dental funciona en la clínica comunitaria Promesa en Sioux Center.

El asistente dental / intérprete dijo que los pacientes están contentos de saber que el costo de las visitas al dentista tienen grandes descuentos - desde $ 40 - dependiendo de sus ingresos y el tamaño de los integrantes del hogar (si ellos no tienen seguro). También descubren que la clínica acepta pacientes con Medicaid (una de las pocas clínicas dentales en la zona que lo hace.)

Leonardo Gabriel Márquez

Por lo tanto, Márquez dijo:El equipo dental de la clínica  Promesa educa a los pacientes en cuanto a que cuidado dental es una opción asequible para ellos. De hecho, si reciben la atención preventiva, es probable que ahorren mucho dinero a largo plazo.

"La prevención es la clave", dijo. "Estamos tratando de cambiar la forma de pensar de la comunidad acerca de cómo el cuidado dental funciona."

Márquez, que es un inmigrante de México, dijo que los pacientes de habla hispana están encantados de descubrir que hay un intérprete disponible para ayudarles en su propio idioma en las visitas al dentista en Promisa.

Se percató que muchas personas de México y los países de centroAmérica no provienen de areas con  buen acceso a la atención dental y  subestiman los beneficios de la prevención, por consecuencia, muchos de ellos tienen problemas en su boca.

Por lo tanto, el equipo dental hace hincapié en la importancia de los chequeos regulares. En particular, los pacientes que tienen Medicaid, cuya aseguranza cubre dos chequeos anuales sin costo alguno para ellos, por lo que deberían de utilizarlos para su beneficio. Los pacientes también se les invita a cepillarse los dientes y usar el hilo dental dos veces al día, y los padres son motivados a realizar a  estas tareas junto con sus hijos.

Con estos sencillos pasos se puede ayudar a combatir las caries y enfermedades de las encías, dijo.

"Es importante para ellos encontrar la manera adecuada para que puedan cuidar de su boca", dijo Márquez. "Es importante ir al dentista dos veces al año. Si hay una caries, será muy pequeña y muy fácil de solucionar. Es especialmente importante para los niños porque ellos aprenderán que ir al dentista es importante y no debería de ser una mala experiencia. Se necesita que los padres padres los eduquen en el cuidado y prevención de la salud oral."

El Centro Salud Comunitario Promesa (Promise Community Health Center) de Sioux Center es el único centro calificado a nivel federal para la atención al público, cuya ubicación es al noroeste de Iowa. Promesa proporciona servicio médico, prenatal, dental, de visión y de salud mental. Para obtener más información, visite www.promisechc.org y ver el vídeo.


CONSEJOS DENTALES DE LEO:
Febrero es el Mes de la Salud Dental Nacional, por lo que este es el mes perfecto para comenzar a enseñar a sus hijos cómo cuidar de sus bocas para mantenerlos sanos.

Leo Márquez ofrece este simple consejo: “La regla del 2”
  • Cepillarse 2 veces al día;
  • Cepillarse durante 2 minutos.
  • Visite a su dentista 2 veces al año.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Marks finds good fit with her interest, experience at Promise CHC

by Derrick Vander Waal

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA – Beth Marks had an interest in working for an organization with the primary mission of helping people with their needs.
Beth Marks has assumed the
role of health records specialist
at Promise Community Health
Center in Sioux Center.

She also had a background in medical records and loved that work.

Therefore, Marks thought it would be a perfect fit when she saw that Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center had created the position of health records specialist. She was hired and recently assumed the role at the health center.

“I hope that I can bring my experience in this field to Promise,” she said. “I also want to bring awareness of the Promise community.”

Marks grew up in Sanborn and graduated from Western Christian High School in Hull in 1980. She earned an associate degree in accounting from Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon in 1981 and later returned to school to receive a general diploma in the administrative assistant field from NCC in 1992.

She worked for various area business throughout the years, but her longest stint was as an administrative office assistant at Wheelchair Dynamics in Sheldon for 12 years, 2003-15. There, she was trained to work with medical records, and a large portion of her duties involved handling medical records.

At Promise, Marks will be responsible for daily activities involving the processing, managing and transmitting of electronic health records.

She has been impressed by the health center.

“The personnel at Promise are very kind, compassionate and caring people that provide an awesome service to those they serve,” she said.

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision and behavioral health services. To learn more, visit www.promisechc.org and watch this video. To read more Promise news, visit promisechcnews.blogspot.com.


MORE ABOUT BETH:
Beth Marks and her husband, Robert, live in Hull. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. In her free time, Beth loves spending time with her husband, mom, children and grandchildren; camping; reading; crocheting; and making tie blankets.