The Junior League of Ogden partners with Midtown Community Health Center, McKay-Dee Hospital and Weber State University to provide health and wellness services to women and children of the greater Ogden area.
Services are provided under four programs: Children’s Health Connection, CHC Dental Days, Adopt a Smile and Women’s Health Connection.
The Children’s Health Connection 24/7: The Children’s Health Connection (CHC) started in 1999 and has evolved from a two-day event where we saw more than 2,000 children and provided more than 6,500 services, to a 24/7 year-round, health care voucher program. CHC 24/7 provides free medical exams, immunizations, dental screenings and follow-up care for under or uninsured children. The vouchers are distributed through the schools, area clinics and the Head Start program. Last year, approximately 5,000 children were seen through the CHC program. This program also serves as a vehicle for educating parents and children on the importance of routine healthcare and healthy lifestyles.
CHC Dental Days: The CHC statistics indicated a tremendous need in the area of dental care. CHC Dental Days was created in 2011 as a two-day dental clinic. It provides full diagnostic and dental treatment on-site to under-served and non-insured children. The event is held twice a year on Saturdays at Midtown Community Health Center in partnership with the WSU Dental Hygiene Program and area dentists. Local dentists, assistants and Weber State hygiene students donate their time to provide restorative and preventive dental treatments to children.
Women’s Health Connection: The Women’s Health Connection (WHC) started in 2009. It is a two-day women’s health event that provides free, full diagnostic and treatment to under and non-insured women. We see approximately 500 women during the two-day event held at Midtown Community Health Center. Statistics have shown that many women put the health care needs of their children and family before themselves and leave their health care needs untreated. This event provides free mammograms, pap smears, dental and depression screenings.
Adopt a Smile: The Adopt a Smile program is an addition to CHC Dental Days and launched in October 2014. CHC Dental Day patients can apply for a scholarship to receive a “dental home” and be assigned to an area dentist who agrees to “adopt” the patient as their primary dentist at no charge until they turn 18 years of age. Local dentists sponsor a child and provide routine dental care on an on-going basis as long as the recipient qualifies each year.