Model Dental Care Practice Revealed in Florida
The National Association of County and City Health Officials have named the partnership of Florida Department of Health in Marion County Dental Clinic and the College of Central Florida as a model practice. Their Increased Access to Dental Health Care for Underserved Populations through Community Partnerships got the association’s Model Practice Award.
By partnering with the college, the dental clinic was able to expand from two treatment stations at the main Health Department facility to eight areas as well as a room for other services at the Hampton Center of the college.
Another awardee is the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County for its Emergency Department Diversion Dental Program. It provides dental care in the health department for low income residents who are referred from local hospitals.
Dental problems start small but because of the limited access to dental care services. People with no dental coverage allow the dental problem left untreated until the problem become severe and they go to emergency service.
The emergency department dental program allow these individuals to get an appointment to be treated by a dentist who can treat the source of their dental issue and stop the emergency department visits for issues due to dental issues.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials represent the 2,800 local government health departments in the United States. These departments work to promote and protect health and wellbeing of people in their communities. Each project have been peer-reviewed and picked from 71 applicants.
The association has been honoring programs since 2003. The model practices are featured online and users can search a database for various programs such as maternal and child health, immunization, emergency preparedness, and infectious diseases. The database is open to the public and allows other local health departments and other stakeholders to learn about the good work made by health departments in the United States.
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