The downtown KDSB office location is the new home for a NWHU-operated dental clinic where dental services will be provided to eligible clients through NWHU. “The partnership between Kenora District Services Board and Northwestern Health Unit’s dental team was an ideal fit as both organizations serve a similar population. We are pleased to collaborate with KDSB to increase access to dental care in Dryden and the surrounding area. This valued partnership will allow for better coordination of client services and will improve oral health, resulting in healthier smiles and improved overall well-being” says Marilyn Herbacz, CEO at NWHU.

Through a variety of publicly funded programs, NWHU offers free dental services for eligible people of all ages. “Poor oral health impacts quality of life. Missing teeth and oral pain can affect speech, what foods we are able to eat, how we socialize, our employability and our ability to attend school or work. Our services help to improve the quality of lives by treating existing dental problems and helping to prevent future issues. If you can’t afford dental care, contact us to see if we can help,” says Dawn Sauvé, Manager of Dental Health at NWHU.

To learn more about Northwestern Health Unit’s dental programs, including eligibility criteria and the clinic schedule:

The KDSB will provide children’s programming through its EarlyON child and family centre area to clients who are attending KDSB or NWHU appointments on-site at 20 King Street. “On behalf of the KDSB, we appreciate the child supervision through EarlyON and the dental clinic partnership between the Kenora District Services Board and Northwestern Health Unit. The initiative provides better-centralized access to vital services and removes barriers for those attending appointments on-site,” says Henry Wall, CAO at the KDSB.

Trained EarlyON staff will be available to provide child supervision as required. Clients are asked to let reception or dental staff know that they require child supervision during their appointments when they arrive.

From left to right: Lara MacDonald, Health Educator, NWHU; Sarah Stevenson, Director of Integrated Social Services, KDSB; Karen McDonald, Integrated Social Services Supervisor, KDSB; Crystal Kosan, Integrated Community Support Case Manager, KDSB; Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer, KDSB; Dawn Sauvé, Manager-Dental Health, NWHU; Silvana Edenburn, Clinical Dental Hygienist, NWHU; Randi McCormick, Health Educator, NWHU; Storm Hamilton, Dryden EarlyON Child and Family Centre Program Coordinator, KDSB

Media Contacts:

Roberta Lappage
Communications Officer
Kenora District Services Board
(807) 223-2100 x 2474
rlappage@kdsb.on.ca

Dawn Sauvé
Manager, Dental Health
Northwestern Health Unit
jbegg@nwhu.on.ca

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