CINCINNATI. July 10, 2013. The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and The Deaconess Associations Foundation have provided funding to construct a dental center as part of the new Deaconess Health Check School Based Health Center at Western Hills University High School/Dater High School. The four-chair dental center is currently being constructed as part of a comprehensive school-based health center and is expected to open in January 2014. The center will provide year-round dental services to students and nearby Head Start toddlers. The center is expected to serve 2,000 children and teens annually.
The original construction of the school-based health center was funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The dental center added an additional $165,000 to the original $500,000 design and construction fees, and the Health Foundation and Deaconess Associations Foundation have provided grants to cover the added cost. “Access to dental services for children covered by Medicaid has been a longstanding challenge,” says Dr. Marilyn Crumpton, Cincinnati Health Department. Of Cincinnati Public Schools’ 33,000+ student population, 70 percent are eligible for Medicaid.
“This is a dedicated partnership that is in harmony with the Deaconess organization’s focus on advancing healthcare,” says Tony Woods, Chairman, Deaconess Associations, Inc. “A wide range of partners have already joined to financially support these two projects.” Francie Wolgin, Senior Program Officer, Health Foundation, agrees. “The Cincinnati Health Department is hiring and supervising the dental providers, as well as covering operating costs, and Cincinnati Dental Society Foundation is coordinating volunteer dentists to provide additional services for children in the center,” says Wolgin. Cincinnati Public Schools is providing the space rent free, and will pay all utilities and facility upkeep costs.
The Children’s Oral Health Network and Cincinnati Health Department are working to raise an additional $197,000 to fund the purchase of dental equipment for the clinic.
About The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati
The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati is an independent non-profit that is a catalyst for improving community health through grants, policy, research, evaluation and education. The Foundation provides support and services in Cincinnati and 20 surrounding counties in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. More information can be found at www.healthfoundation.org.
About the Deaconess Associations Foundation
The Deaconess Associations Foundation is a non-profit member of Deaconess Associations, Inc., a diversified healthcare corporation based in Cincinnati with long term care operations in Ohio and Kansas. In addition to supporting Deaconess Long Term Care, Inc., the Deaconess Foundation manages various community health initiatives, including Deaconess Medical Monitoring, an in-home emergency response and medication monitoring system; Heimlich Heroes, an educational program that trains youth on how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver; and ITN Greater Cincinnati, a transportation service for seniors and the sight-impaired. The Deaconess Foundation also provides financial support to community-driven healthcare initiatives, such as Deaconess Health Check, a school-based health clinic in western Cincinnati.