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To help increase access to dental care in underserved communities, L.A. Care Health Plan is granting $1.5 million to 15 facilities that can help. SFCHC will use its share of the funding to help kindergarten students receive important oral health screenings and find a dental home.
Health initiative improving community access to dental care.
Researchers say poor oral health is a symbol of social inequity in the U.S. People are less likely to access dental care if they are low-income, uninsured or people of color. Poor oral health can contribute to a number of diseases, and might even be a sign of chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes.
To help address this issue, L.A. Care launched an Oral Health Initiative to increase the number of dental professionals, enhance clinical infrastructure, and support early and long-term dental care for Medi-Cal members and other community members.
How will SFCHC use these funds?
SFCHC will use $100,000 in funding to ensure kids receive dental screenings and begin a lifetime of oral healthcare management. This includes educating them on the importance of oral hygiene and good nutrition for strong and healthy teeth. A key goal is to establish a relationship of trust between the children and the dental professionals who care for them.
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