HARRISONVILLE , Mo., (Aug. 20, 2020) – Cass Community Health Foundation (CCHF) has received a $20,000 grant from the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) to add a part-time registered dental hygienist to their safety net dental clinic team.
The funding is part of the AAPD’s Access to Care Grants program. Selected applicants are eligible to receive one year of funding up to $20,000 to support community-based initiatives in the United States that provide dental care and ultimately serve as a dental home to undeserved children.
CCHF is using the grant to hire a part-time dental hygienist that will provide quality dental hygiene services to patients at their safety net dental clinic, Cass County Dental Clinic. The clinic is the first and only safety net dental clinic in Cass County, Missouri with locations in Belton and Harrisonville. Children and teens ages 0-20 who are uninsured or insured through Missouri Medicaid are served at both clinic locations. The new dental hygienist will work Wednesdays and Thursdays at the clinic in Harrisonville.
“Most patients ages 13 and older require appointments with a dental hygienist due to poor oral hygiene or lack of regular preventive care. As a result, our part-time dentist spends a lot of time performing preventive work when she could be providing additional restorative services,” Katie Schroeder, CCHF director of dental programs, said. “By allowing our dentist to operate at the top of her scope of practice, the addition of a part-time dental hygienist will increase access to preventive care.”
Learn more about the part-time dental hygienist position here.