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Maine Health Access Foundation Awards nearly $100,000 to Strengthen Dental Services in Maine

Maine Health Access Foundation Awards nearly $100,000 to Strengthen Dental Services in Maine

MeHAF announces the award of $99,992 to four nonprofit dental clinics to strengthen their capacity to provide high quality, affordable dental care for Maine people with lower incomes. The grantees are the Jesse Albert Dental and Orthodontic Center in Bath, Community Dental in Farmington, Kennebec Valley Family Dentistry in Augusta, and St. Croix Regional Family Center in Princeton.

Accessing affordable oral health services continues to be a problem for Maine people with lower incomes.  A 2010 study of Emergency Department use in Maine concluded that the top diagnostic reason for an emergency department visit among both MaineCare and uninsured young adults aged 15 through 24 and adults aged 25 through 44 is an untreated dental disease.

“MeHAF has worked to strengthen the oral health safety net for nearly 20 years, and we will continue this work as long as there are people going without care they need,” says Barbara Leonard, MeHAF’s President & CEO. “Good oral health is a critical factor in being successful in school and at work.” 

Since 2002, MeHAF has invested over $2.5 million in oral health care.  MeHAF’s investments have ranged from equipment, personnel and start-up costs of oral health clinics to initiatives that examine oral health policy and develop strategies to increase access to dental care.  Since 2010, MeHAF has provided funding for twenty safety net dental clinics to work with practice management consultants from Safety Net Solutions, a program affiliated with the Massachusetts-based DentaQuest Institute.

The Maine Health Access Foundation's mission is to promote access to quality health care, especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and improve the health of everyone in Maine.

MeHAF works with nonprofit partners and key leaders in the public and private sectors to advance initiatives and policies that particularly help those who face barriers accessing health care services and achieving optimal health. Each year we provide approximately $4 million in grant and program funding to support activities aligned with our mission.

For questions, please contact Jeb Murphy, Communications Associate, at the Maine Health Access Foundation by phone at 207.620.8266x117 or by email at jmurphy@mehaf.org.

 

Grantee contact information:
Jesse Albert Dental and Orthodontic Center (JADOC): Julie Allaire: jallaire@ccmaine.org, 207.523.1153
Community Dental: Dante Granatiero, dgranatiero@communitydentalme.org, 207.699.4969
Kennebec Valley Family Dentistry: Bonnie Vaughan, bssvaughan@msn.com, 207.623.3400
St. Croix Regional Family Center: Corinne LaPlant, claplant@scrfhc.org, 207.796.5503

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