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California Dental Association Foundation Expands Care to State's Underserved Communities
Date:2/19/2010

part-time assistant to coordinate scheduling among three clinics; initiate oral health education in schools; manage referrals and patient flow; maintain partnerships with two community organizations; and recruit dentists and pre-dental students as clinic volunteers. The CDA Foundation grant funds will support the salary for this staff position, which is considered integral to the project's ability to continue providing high-quality, comprehensive care at no cost to the area's underserved populations.

Ravenswood Family Health Center

This spring Ravenswood Family Health Center plans to open a 10-operatory dental clinic in the heart of East Palo Alto. To get the clinic up and running, CDA Foundation grant funds will be used to help pay its full-time dentist's salary. While the focus is on pediatric patients, the clinic will provide a wide range of services for 1,800 children and adults, including preventive, restorative, surgical, emergency, and periodontal oral health care. The clinic also will offer one "Community Dental Day" per week that will be staffed by volunteer dentists and student teams from the University of  Pacific's Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. In a first for California, the clinic will use electronic dental records to track patients and carry out evidence-based oral health practices in the community.


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