HPSAs Help Make Children Smile

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The article below recently appeared in HPSA Acumen’s hometown newspaper. It is about a dental van from the University at Buffalo and children who lack ordinary dental care; it is also the story of health professional shortage areas. In many ways, great and small, HPSAs make healthcare obtainable for millions of Americans. HPSA Acumen is very proud and pleased that our executives and staff have done their part to make healthcare more accessible for people throughout the United States.

“After the unveiling of a new mobile dental van, Chautauqua County children will have even more reasons to smile.
The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine has been serving oral health care needs of children in Chautauqua County for more than 15 years, and it will be able to offer even better service thanks to a newly acquired ‘S-miles To Go’ van.

The dental school celebrated the unveiling of the new ‘state-of-the-art’ mobile dental van on Thursday at Fletcher Elementary School. The unveiling featured tours and comments from dignitaries and professionals. In attendance were State Sen. Catharine Young; Michael Glick, DMD, UB Dental School Dean and Professor; Linda Swanson, Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation Executive Director; and Barbara Moore, DDS, mobile dental van clinic director.

According to the university’s media advisory, Chautauqua County is designated a Dental Health Professional Shortage Area with few dentists serving Medicaid-eligible patients. And, that’s why the program visits 24 schools to average 3,100 patient visits each year.

‘There is a lack of access to dental care for kids who cannot afford it,’ said Glick, the dental school dean. ‘So, we have been doing this for 15 years in this community. So, with the help of this van we will be able to reach even more children to provide a care that is needed for them.’

The new ‘S-miles To Go’ van, constructed by LifeLine Mobile, replaced an older model that will stay in working order until a decision is made on what to do with it. The new van is a 42-foot-long, three-chair dental clinic built on a semi-trailer chassis. It features a wheelchair lift, a panoramic X-ray unit, digital radiography, an intake and education area and electronic patient records.”

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