Let's work together to end mental health challenges and poverty.
CALGARY, Jan. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Calgary's most vulnerable and low income
will now have free access to dental care and health services with the
opening of the Pure North Outreach Health and Dental Care Clinic at The
The newly-improved clinic will be adding five dental chairs and provide
physician services and preventative healthcare five days a week.
The Pure North program is a unique intervention in health promotion:
running since 2003, it has over 17,000 clients participating.
The program offers cutting edge health services to the homeless and
vulnerable populations with the goal of improving and educating clients
on their current health as well as preventing future health
complications. Pure North and Renew Dental lease the space from The
Mustard Seed so the clinic is in close proximity to the population it
Since August 2011, the clinic has assisted over 1000 vulnerable/ low
income guests with full dental work, including the safe removal of
mercury amalgam fillings. The use of amalgams in dental care leads to
environmental damage, occupational exposure and mercury exposure for
the patient. Preliminary data shows health gains for Pure North
participants are associated with improved earnings and productivity,
increased well-being and a reduction in spending on hospitalization and
physician services: $1 in spending results in $12 in health care
savings and societal benefits. At a time where acute care costs are
increasing rapidly, there is the potential to reduce hospital
utilization by as much as 23%. Premier Alison Redford will be in
attendance at the grand opening, along with the Chief of Police Rick
Hanson and benefactor Allan Markin. Representatives from Pure North
Outreach Health and Dental and The Mustard Seed will be available for
photos and interviews at the event.
Date: Friday, January 11, 2013
Location: The Mustard Seed
106 11 Ave. SW
About The Mustard Seed:
The Mustard Seed is a Christian non-profit organization that has been
caring for the needs of the less fortunate since 1984. Through its
three ministry centres across Alberta, The Mustard Seed delivers basic
services, housing and employment programs to those in need and partners
with the community to address the root causes of poverty. For more
information, visit theseed.ca.
About The Pure North Foundation:
Pure North is a not for profit foundation which empowers participants to
feel better and live longer by promoting and encouraging healthy living
through education, nutritional and lifestyle advice. The Foundation
ensures that those who have limited access to medical care, poor
medical knowledge and are exceptionally committed are not denied
preventative and integrative medical services. Pure North has research
findings that directly correlate the presence of mercury amalgams,
toxicity and poor mental health.
SOURCE: tinePublic Inc.
For further information:
Sara Campeau, Communications Coordinator
The Mustard Seed 403-512-8209