Gloria Sanchez Keeth, clinic manager with Medical Teams International, and dentist Thien-Y Hoang work on a patient inside the Mobile Dental Clinic during a community wellness event Saturday at Chemeketa Community College.

Galdina Sanchez Cruz, 43, had never been to a dentist before showing up to a mobile dental clinic Saturday at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.

Her teeth had been hurting for almost a year by the time a neighbor told her about the free mobile clinics held regularly throughout Oregon and Washington.

Medical Teams International and Kaiser Permanente partnered with Mano a Mano Family Center to hold the one Saturday.

The clinic, held in a big red bus, provided on-site dental care, COVID-19 vaccinations, testing for diabetes, general health screenings and health care navigation services like helping people find primary care doctors or access insurance coverage.

The Medical Team International mobile dental clinic provides basic dental care during a community wellness event Saturday at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.

Cruz got a filling and an extraction on the dental bus.

“I’m happy because I won’t have this pain anymore, and I can be comfortable,” she said through a translator.

After checking in, community members were able to learn about other health resources such as Salem Free Clinics, which provides free medical and dental care as well as counseling services. Mano a Mano staff also handed out food boxes containing items like rice, beans, chicken and dried chiles.





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