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Six Nonprofit Dental Clinics Around the State to Strengthen Services

Six Nonprofit Dental Clinics Around the State to Strengthen Services

Maine Health Access Foundation Awards $106,000 to Six Nonprofit Dental Clinics around State to Strengthen Services

Augusta, ME (April 15, 2014) – The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) announced today that it has awarded $106,083 to six nonprofit dental clinics that are part of Maine’s oral health safety net to support their continued capacity to provide high quality dental care for low-income Mainers.  All of the clinics recently completed individual practice improvement and business plans detailing actions that each could take to improve the efficiency and long-term viability of their practices.  This planning process was done with the help of the DentaQuest Institute’s Safety Net Solutions program. The grants announced today will allow the six clinics to implement critical pieces of their viability plans.

Maine’s oral health safety net is made up of a number of independent clinics, volunteer oral health providers and federally qualified health centers. This small network of clinics provide critical services to children and adults who often have limited means to pay for dental services and rely solely on the safety net to get the care they need.  
“According to a new survey, comprehensive oral health services continue to be out of reach for many low- and middle-income Mainers,” said MeHAF President and CEO Dr. Wendy Wolf.  “Data from our recent Maine Health Reform Monitoring Survey showed that significant percentages of low and middle-income people could not afford to get needed dental care in the last year. These nonprofit clinics are one place where people can get lower cost dental care.”

MeHAF’s grants will fund a variety of improvements.  In Damariscotta, MeHAF funding will help the Lincoln County Dental Clinic conduct a critical strategic planning process, allowing that clinic to better plan for its future.  In Lewiston, Community Dental (which has five locations around the state) will implement a time-saving electronic dental record system, enabling the clinic to see more patients every day.

"These latest awards continue MeHAF’s long-term support of Maine’s oral health safety net,” said Program Officer Morgan Hynd, noting that since 2002, MeHAF has provided over $2.3  million in support of the oral health safety net in the state.

The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) is Maine’s largest, private, nonprofit health care foundation dedicated to promoting access to quality health care, especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and improving the health of everyone in Maine.  MeHAF uses its grant resources and expertise to identify and move forward key initiatives and issues to improve Maine’s health care system so people across every region of our state have access to quality care for better health. To learn more about MeHAF, visit www.mehaf.org.  
Safety Net Dental Clinic Grant Awards

Aroostook County
St. Apollonia Dental Clinic, Presque Isle
Norma Desjardins, njdesj@gmail.com, 207-554-5045
Grant: $18,785

Fish River Rural Health, Eagle Lake
Heather Pelletier, hpelletier@frrh.org, 207-444-5973
Grant: $16,720

HealthWays/Regional Medical Center, Lubec
Marilyn Hughes, mhughes@rmcl.org, 207-733-1090
Grant: $15,600

Androscoggin County
Community Dental, Lewiston
Lisa Kavanaugh, lisa.kavanaugh@communitydentalme.org, 207-874-1025, x3010
Grant: $24,705

Lincoln County
Lincoln County Dental, Damariscotta
Jennifer MacDonald, jmacdonald@lcdental.org, 207-416-2581
Grant: $13,130

York County
York County Community Action/Nasson Health Care, Springvale
Martin Sabol, martin.sabol@nassonhealthcare.org, 207-608-4470
Grant: $17,143  

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