Free Clinic expands dental care

To address the need for increased access to dental care for low-income children in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties, the Virginia Health Care Foundation has awarded the Fauquier Free Clinic $51,000 to hire a part-time dentist for pediatric dental services, and to enable the dental clinic to expand its hours of operation.

“Our mission at the Fauquier Free Clinic has always been to make sure every local family has access to first-rate health and dental care,” said executive director Rob Marino. “With this expansion we are able to reach hundreds of local children and their parents who would have been unable to see a local dentist.”

The grant is a part of the $600,000 recently awarded by VHCF to establish or expand dental safety-net clinics in Virginia. Funding is possible in part from a $1 million challenge grant from the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation.

VHCF also awarded an additional $1 million in grants to expand medical, behavioral health and pharmacy services in 18 other health safety net organizations throughout the state, and to help identify and enroll uninsured children in the state-sponsored FAMIS health insurance programs.

The VHCF is a nonprofit public/private partnership whose mission is to increase access to primary health care for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians. The foundation was initiated by the General Assembly and its Joint Commission on Health Care in 1992. Since its inception, it has funded 375 community-based projects across the state and its programs have touched the lives of more than 600,000 uninsured Virginians. For more information about VHCF and its programs, visit vhcf.org or call 804-828-5804.

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