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Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Community Clinics, Education, Health, Pediatrics, Primary & Elementary Schools

Mission: In 1992, The PRASAD Project partnered with the Sullivan County public health agency and the New York State Bureau of Dental Health to explore an urgent need expressed by the community’s accessible dental care for low-income children. At that time, no dentist in the community treated children under the age of seven or took Medicaid. A 1995 survey showed that 75 percent of children from low-income homes needed immediate dental care. In response, The PRASAD Project initiated the PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program (CDHP) of NY in 1996.

Results: In the past decade, PRASAD CDHP has served more than 59,000 children, providing more than 165,000 procedures, at over 17 different community sites in Sullivan and Ulster Counties.

Target demographics: Low income children from 6 months to 19 years old

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4000 children

Geographic areas served: Sullivan County and certain areas of Ulster County, New York

Programs: School Dental Health Program Smiles For Teens Program Pregnant Women and Infants Program

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Prasad works efficiently to improve the lives of many under served people in targeted places around the world. As a teacher, it is my experience that children cannot learn when they are suffering from poor care. The eye clinic that visits school in Tansa Valley India and the mobile dental clinic that visits children in Sullivan County is making a difference in the health and future of many young people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dr. Cecilia Escarra , DDS is very actively involved and firmly committed to helping Public Health Services doing children's dental prevention outreach in Sullivan County, NY. She has been screening children for many years with her staff and the PRASAD dental van at our local schools. She is a member of the Rural Health Network and has actively worked with last years Health Summit to bring about a new Oral Health Coalition team for Sullivan. A network of members are addressing the high dental caries that our third graders have. Her offices are assisting with a new mini screening program at our local WIC clinic to begin the Fall of 2015. Dr. Escarra has been a "champion for the cause" in asking for local policy change to the way our schools do pre-registration packets. Mandatory dental health screening is as vital as immunizations to the general well being of a healthy student! Public Health is grateful for PRASAD'S ongoing outreach!! Kudos to the entire staff!

Larry14

Donor

Rating: 5

As Past President of the Fallsburg Lions Club and a seven year staff member at Fallsburg Central School District, I have seen the joy on the faces of the children being served by the PRASAD Children's Dental Health Program (PCDHP). I have also heard the horror stories of retired teachers at the schools that had to help find dental care for children in pain and embarrassed by the condition of their teeth in the years before the Dental Program came to Sullivan County. These teachers now sing the praises of the PRASAD Program. I think that all residents should be eternally grateful for the presence of the dentists, hygienists, and staff for their dedication and great service to the Sullivan County Community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Prasad Children's Dental Health Program is one of the best and my favourite charity organization. It has served thousands of underprivileged children, got them out of pain, improved their smile and improvde their confidence. Their staff is very dedicated. This program has also received many awards and recognizations. I would highly recommend this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The PRASAD Children's Dental Health Program is an excellent program for the underserved children in Sullivan County, NY. Untreated tooth decay causes pain, infection, inability to eat and lowers self-esteem. PRASAD Children's Dental Health Program helps children achieve well-being and lead a self-sufficient life that creates a pathway to emerge from poverty.

Donor

Rating: 5

In Sullivan County, NY, so many families live below the poverty line. Lack of public transportation and financial stress put dental care beyond the reach of many of them. There are not many dentists here and, of those, less than a handful accept Medicaid. I support PRASAD Children's Dental Health Program because, for many families, it is the only way for them to get dental care for their children.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In my duties as a public health professional I see the actual number of children that have benefited from Prasad's outreach efforts. They set higher goal numbers each year and every year they surpass their goals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PRASAD Children's Dental Health Program offers children the opportuniy to smile through the wonderful loving, and expert care they receive on the mobile dental clinic. It helps them to know that they are loved and very special.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is so sad to see children who have dental diseases that they are unable to brush their teeth because it hurt too much or smile because they look like monsters. No one wants to lose their teeth or see their child in severe pain from dental disease. Lack of regular dental care in the area where Children Dental Health Program (CDHP) serves the population is apparent. The service that CDHP offers is much needed and is immeasurable. They provide education to the parents and children by providing information on healthy oral hygiene and a healthy diet, along with the tools (toothbrush, toothpaste and floss) to maintain their child's smile. Every child should be given an chance to smile and CDHP gives them that.

Sherri S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support Prasad because they empower people to better their own lives. For example, the educate farmers why and how to do use organic farming practices that protect the land and produce healthful food. Women have used micro-loans to start a business to feed their families, then they repay the loan. They provide health services to restore eyesight so that the parents can return to work to feed their family. This is a hand-up, not a hand-out.