Three Health Centers Receive Oral Health Funding!
Terry Reilly Health Services, CHAS Health, and Kaniksu Health were each awarded $300,000 from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for Oral Health Infrastructure (OHI) under the Health Center Program. The purpose of this one-time, competitive supplemental funding opportunity was to support infrastructure enhancements as well as to provide new or enhancement projects towards existing high quality, integrated oral health services.
Terry Riley Health Services (TRHS) plans to remodel and add permanent dental services to the Marsing clinic. TRHS currently uses portable dental equipment to provide limited services 2-3 times a month at this site. With this investment, they will install 3 dental operatories that will enable them to offer comprehensive dental services to the community. This addition will be the first permanent dental clinic in Marsing.
CHAS Health will utilize the funding to purchase equipment for a new dental clinic in Spokane’s East Central neighborhood. Scheduled to open in the summer of 2020, East Central Dental will target low-income individuals who currently lack access to oral health care. Over half of the patients served at this site are projected to be insured under Medicaid, and 25% of patients will likely be uninsured. The seven new operatory dental clinics will enable access to care with 9,097 visits for 3,137 patients annually.
Kaniksu Health Services will be using the oral health funding for expansion and or replacement of equipment for their Ponderay and Bonners Ferry dental locations. The first of the new equipment is expected to arrive by February.
Congratulations to Terry Reilly Health Services, CHAS Health, and Kaniksu Health Services!