The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) announced today that it has awarded $100,000 for seven nonprofit dental clinics to work with the DentaQuest Institute’s Safety Net Solutions (SNS) program to help increase access, improve quality, and strengthen their financial viability. Safety Net Solutions provides customized technical assistance and guides clinics through a comprehensive practice improvement process. These grant awards represent the third round of funding MeHAF has provided for clinics to participate in the SNS program, with a total of 20 clinics participating since 2010.
Maine’s nonprofit oral health safety net is made up of a number of independent clinics operating in underserved and often highly rural areas of the state. These clinics provide critical services to children and adults who live in dental shortage areas, have limited means to pay for dental services, and rely solely on the safety net to get the care they need.
“Time and again the data show that Maine people across income levels face barriers to getting affordable dental care,” said MeHAF President and CEO Dr. Wendy Wolf. “This is particularly true for low and middle-income people who cannot afford necessary dental care. These nonprofit clinics are one place where people can go to get affordable, high quality dental care.”
MeHAF’s oral health safety net grants will support dental clinics all across the state, including clinics in Dexter, Biddeford, Belfast and Eastport. With this third round of funding, MeHAF has now supported clinics to participate in the SNS program in 12 of Maine’s 16 counties.
“We know good oral health is a major contributor to overall health,” said Program Officer Morgan Hynd, who oversees the program. “MeHAF is committed to supporting improved access to the care people need, which includes regular dental visits.”
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