One Community Health to Give Uninsured Youth a ‘Sweet Valentine’s Treat’

Tuesday, Feb. 14, One Community Health celebrates Give Kids a Smile® Day, offering FREE Medical and Dental Care to Uninsured Kids and Teens.

HOOD RIVER, Feb. 2, 2017 — Uninsured children from throughout the Columbia River Gorge will be all grins this upcoming Valentine’s Day. But these big smiles won’t necessarily be from eating lots of heart-shaped, sugary treats.

On Tuesday, February 14, from 8 a.m. to noon, local uninsured kids are invited to participate in the national Give Kids a Smile®Day, when they’ll be “treated” to FREE medical and dental care from One Community Health (OCH).

“This one-day event is all about treating patients to dental and medical care with heart,” says Dave Edwards, OCH’s CEO. “Our high-quality dentists and medical staff spend the day giving complimentary dental and medical services to children and teens specifically benefitting uninsured kids. And here at OCH, we’re pretty excited to celebrate Give Kids a Smile day on Valentine’s Day this year. It will add to the already festive spirit of the day while paying tribute to our purpose, which is rooted in compassionate dental and health care for all members of our community.”

Both main OCH locations in The Dalles and Hood River (541.386.6380) are currently accepting patients for this event. Any uninsured child or teenager needing the free services must make an appointment prior to Give Kids a Smile®Day, or February 14.

Services include:

  • Well-child checkups, all youth
  • Basic health appointments, all youth
  • Dental exams, x-rays, cleanings and restorative services
  • Immunization assessments, all youth
  • Development screenings, all youth
  • Assistance with enrolling in the Oregon Health Plan and Washington Apple Health, all youth

Give Kids a Smile® is an American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation program that takes place during National Children’s Dental Health Month. Last year, 16 local, underserved, uninsured teenagers received over $10,000 in dental services alone at OCH. For the 2017 event, OCH will be able to serve even more youth thanks to its expanded access to medical and dental health care.

“We’re really hoping for a great turnout this year,” Edwards says. “Those of us who work at OCH always love this event because there’s such a sincere feeling of gratitude in the air. Patients are grateful for the free, quality health and dental care. Meanwhile, we are grateful for the opportunity to give back to our community and contribute to the expanding footprint of wellness in the Gorge. Parents of the uninsured just need to remember to please book your child’s appointment in advance!”

About One Community Health

One Community Health (OCH) is a nonprofit, federally qualified health center with locations in The Dalles and Hood River, Ore. Formerly known as La Clínica del Cariño Family Health Care Center, Inc., it was founded in 1986 and, today, has evolved into an official Patient-Centered Primary Care Home. OCH currently provides services to over 11,000 patients. In addition, OCH excels in providing proactive educational programs and support that sustain its integrated approach to health and wellbeing. Dedicated to advancing health and social justice for all its community members, OCH serves patients from the Mid-Columbia River Gorge Region: Wasco, Hood River, Klickitat and Skamania Counties. For more information, click here or visit:

Media Contact:

Katie Roberts

Communications Director

One Community Health

(303) 709-2912