Shenandoah Community Health Clinic Receives National Grant  to Support Oral Health Care for Children in Shenandoah County

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[August 8, 2017, Woodstock, VA] – Shenandoah Community Health Clinic is among 10 organizations in the nation to be awarded a $20,000 Access to Care grant toward the development of a new school-based clinic in Quicksburg. The funds came from Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (HSHC), which supports providing all children, regardless of financial circumstances, with early and ongoing dental care.

“It is a challenge to select from so many wonderful organizations that provide excellent care in their communities,” said Dr. Ned Savide, HSHC president. “The Shenandoah Community Health Clinic stood out for its exceptional work, proven success, and commitment to helping children in the community.” With the help of the Healthy Smiles Healthy Children Access to Care Grant, Shenandoah Community Health Clinic will open a new location on the southern campus of the Shenandoah County schools for children to receive medical, dental, and counseling services.

“The expenses in each of the first two years will amount to more than $200 thousand,” said Pam Murphy, executive director of Shenandoah Community Health Clinic. “We’re so grateful to donors like Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children that are laying the foundation for more health services to children in need.”

Shenandoah County has been declared “underserved” by the federal government for dental, medical and mental health services, meaning there aren’t enough health providers for the population here. The county has over 3,300 people per dentist, as opposed to Virginia’s average of 1,570 per dentist. This means that a number of residents, including children, are unable to gain access to all the care they need to maintain dental health.

The new school-based clinic, called Shenandoah South Wellness Center, will be located at Ashby Lee Elementary School in Quicksburg and begin services officially after Labor Day. It will serve all three schools on that campus. “The school system contacted our clinic last fall, concerned about the many children who weren’t getting all the health care they needed,” Murphy said. “We’re thrilled that just a year later we are able to pilot a program to bring more services right to some of the young people who need them.”

 

About Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children

About Healthy Children, Healthy Smiles: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry – Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC) is the largest national dentist-led foundation dedicated to children’s oral health. The charitable giving arm of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), HSHC has given or committed more dollars to help children than any other dental charity. Since 2010, HSHC has donated nearly $4.5 million to support access to care initiatives that have provided Dental Homes to more than 320,000 children in 31 states, plus the District of Columbia. HSHC is supported entirely through charitable contributions from pediatric dentists, oral health companies, the AAPD, and organizations with interests in advancing oral health.

For more information contact: Kelly Katona at Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children, (312) 337-2169, kkatona@aapd.org.

 

 

 

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