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Virtual Dental Home to Provide Care to Underserved Communities in California
Date:3/3/2010

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Len Finocchio, senior program officer at CHCF said, "The Virtual Dental Home has the potential to serve as a national model for improving the oral health of our most vulnerable, particularly children."

The groundbreaking project will eventually operate in nine community locations including schools, nursing homes, and Head Start centers across the state in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley, Sacramento and Northern California. Targeted populations include those who experience difficulty accessing care because of location, insurance status, and the inability to get into a private dental office or clinic. Significant funding for this pilot project came from CHCF, the Verizon Foundation, and the Paradise Valley Community Health Fund of The San Diego Foundation.

Project Director Dr. Paul Glassman, professor of dental practice at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, said: "This care delivery model provides a much-needed community-based 'virtual dental home' for the state's most vulnerable people, who will access dental services in their own communities as well as remove some of the barriers to receiv
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