Danyelle Brown, Project Manager at Credo, said the idea stemmed from a meeting of the North Country Health Compass Partners — a collaborative of hospitals, public health agencies and community-based organizations. In October, the group was discussing local oral health data and improvement strategies. Recognizing oral health problems as one of the most prevalent comorbidities related to addiction, Brown was inspired to do something to help her agency’s clients.
“I partnered with Erin Cordova from Fidelis, who is also on the Health Compass committee, to provide holiday stockings for all of our residents complete with gloves, a candy cane, oral health information and of course — a toothbrush!” she said. “All 68 of our residential clients were very thankful and happy to receive this gift.”
However, the collaboration did not end there. After the gifts were delivered, Credo’s Residential Rehabilitation Services for Youth (RRSY) Program expressed interest in hosting a guest speaker who could talk to residents about proper oral hygiene. So, Brown reached out to the Health Compass Partners again for a recommendation and was connected to Nicole Quintin at the North Country Family Health Center.
“I coordinated with Nicole, and on Monday, February 12th, she came out and did a full presentation for our residents at the RRSY,” Brown said. “She was very thorough, very well received and it was a pleasure to have her come teach our program. Thanks North Country Family Health Center and North Country Health Compass for the networking possibilities!”