Elementary school children to benefit from free dental screening
DALLAS, March 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As part of its nationwide Dental Outreach Initiative, Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS) will sponsor free dental education and screening for children in Dallas on Friday, March 28. The event will be held for pupils at Nancy J. Cochran Elementary School, 6000 Keeneland Parkway in Dallas, starting at 9:00 a.m.
The program, conducted in partnership with local volunteer dental professionals, provides free dental education and screenings to underserved children. ACS extended the initiative to Texas in September 2007 with a goal of educating and screening 2,000 children throughout the state. The program serves children in six states and the District of Columbia. Since the initiative was launched in 2004, more than 25,000 children have received dental education.
"With our deep roots in Texas, we are concerned about the health and well- being of our state's neediest children," said Kevin Kyser, ACS chief financial officer. "As a responsible corporate citizen, ACS is committed to helping Texans build and improve their lives. Working with our partners through the Dental Outreach is an opportunity to teach children habits that will profoundly benefit their lives for years to come."
The ACS Dental Outreach Initiative provides free dental screenings and education seminars on dental hygiene by licensed professionals. To reinforce what they learn during the seminars, students receive a gift bag containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental education material. In addition, children receive a screening evaluation and a recommendation report to share with their parents or guardian.
"The ACS Dental Outreach Initiative is our way of reaching into communities throughout the state to help Texas children have not only healthy smiles, but healthy futures as well," said Kyser.
For many children, the ACS Dental Initiative screening will be their first dental check-up. In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) state that children from low-income families are less likely to see a dentist regularly, and suffer twice as many dental cavities as their peers. In addition, pain and suffering due to untreated disease lead to problems in eating, speaking and paying attention in school. The ADA and the AAP also note that 51 million school hours are lost each year as a result of dental-related problems.
Along with Texas, the initiative benefits children in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, Tennessee, and the District of Columbia.
ACS' approximately 7,000 employees in Texas provide services to commercial and government clients. These include city, county, and state government, as well as businesses in the financial services, healthcare, and other industries. ACS provides Medicaid claims processing, operations support, and primary care case management program administration for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission through the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership.
ACS, a global FORTUNE 500 company with 62,000 people supporting client operations reaching more than 100 countries, provides business process outsourcing and information technology solutions to world-class commercial and government clients. The company's Class A common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "ACS." Learn more about ACS at http://www.acs-inc.com .
|SOURCE Affiliated Computer Services, Inc.|
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