Oral Health

Community NeedFI-dentist

In the 2012 Roanoke Valley Community Health Needs Assessment, access to affordable dental care for uninsured and low-income adults was identified as one of the greatest needs in the Roanoke Valley. Of the Community Health Survey respondents, 50% of adults reported that adult dental care was the hardest service to get in the community and that they had not seen a dentist in the past two years.

Healthy Roanoke Valley Goal and Program Strategy

  • Oral Health Goal:  Improve access to, and utilization of, preventive services and dental care for the uninsured and underserved in the Roanoke Valley.
  • Oral Health Program Strategy:  Work closely with the community-based Health Care Coalition and other community partners to develop a sustainable oral safety net.

Expected Outcome:  

  • Increase the proportion of children, adolescents, and adults who used the oral health care system in the past year.

Action Team Initiatives

  • New Horizons Dental Care:  With the support of the Oral Health Action Team, New Horizons opened a dental clinic in November 2014 with over $400,000 in start-up funds.  The dental clinic provides dental clinic to qualified low-income, under and uninsured individuals on a sliding fee schedule.  For more information go to http://newhorizonshealthcare.org/
  • Roanoke Mini-MOM (Mission of Mercy):  Beginning in June 2014, quarterly “mini-MOMs” are being held instead of the annual Roanoke Mission of Mercy (MOM) dental clinic. The mini-MOMs provide free dental care (fillings, extractions) for uninsured adults at offices of volunteer dentists and dental clinics.  Dates for the upcoming mini-MOMs are: Feb. 27, 2015; May 8, 2015; Aug. 21, 2015; and Oct. 2, 2015. For more information, or to register someone for a mini-MOM, contact Project Access at: projectaccess@projectaccessroanoke.org or by phone to: 540-344-4200.

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