Reachout Healthcare America CEO, Chris Bird, Responds to the Arizona Republic

ReachOut Healthcare America responded to the sensational reporting and mischaracterization of its company and school based dental care by The Arizona Republic.

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“Even the American Dental Association (ADA) has voiced its support for school-based dental care and the need for mobile and portable dental services – precisely the care that RHA helps support,” said Bird.

Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) September 06, 2012

ReachOut Healthcare America (RHA) responded to the sensational reporting and mischaracterization of its company by The Arizona Republic through a full-page advertisement which ran on August 25, 2012. The ad was comprised of an open letter written by RHA’s CEO, Chris Bird, that cited and addressed a number of baseless allegations.

“I felt compelled, on behalf of ReachOut’s employees, the many dedicated dentists and dental teams members with whom we are affiliated and, of course, all the school administrators, district officials, and hundreds of school nurses and teachers who have embraced this school-based mobile dental program over the last decade, to set the record straight,” wrote RHA Chief Executive Officer Chris Bird.

“Even the American Dental Association (ADA) has voiced its support for school-based dental care and the need for mobile and portable dental services – precisely the care that RHA helps support,” said Bird.

Perhaps most importantly, Mr. Bird’s letter addressed something The Arizona Republic completely ignored – any mention of the national dental crisis that is plaguing this country. Numerous non-profit organizations and government agencies have written lengthy reports sounding the alarm about the pediatric dental health crisis in the United States. The statistics are nothing short of staggering:

  •     16 million children each year do not see a dentist
  •     Of the 4 million children born each year, 25% will have at least one cavity by the time they reach kindergarten
  •     50% will have a cavity by the second grade
  •     85% of all tooth decay in children occurs to those from low-income homes
  •     More than 4 million children a year attend school in pain, hindering their ability to learn or concentrate
  •     51 million school hours are missed each year due to oral health issues
None of these facts appeared in either the article or editorial published by The Arizona Republic.

The entire letter, as it ran in The Arizona Republic, is available on the company’s website.

About ReachOut Healthcare America
Based in Phoenix, Arizona, ReachOut Healthcare America is the nation’s leading coordinator of mobile dental services. Founded in 1997 RHA provides administrative support to dental practices in 21 states. The Company’s mission is to coordinate access to quality dental care for underserved children.


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