Cass Community Health Foundation receives $15,000 grant from Peculiar Charitable Foundation
BELTON, Mo., July 16, 2019 – Cass Community Health Foundation (CCHF) was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from Peculiar Charitable Foundation. The funds will be used to support Cass County Dental Clinic, a program of Cass Community Health Foundation.
Cass County Dental Clinic is a safety-net dental clinic that offers dental services to children and adolescents age zero to 20 who are low-income uninsured or insured by Missouri Medicaid. In 2018, the clinic treated more than 3,600 underserved children at its two locations in Belton and Harrisonville, Missouri.
The grant from Peculiar Charitable Foundation will help fill a gap in the community by providing preventive and urgent oral health services to low-income children and teens. Many new patients seen at the Clinic have never seen a dentist and have decay on multiple teeth. In 2018, 17% of new patients presented to the clinic with active rampant caries, which are defined as cavities on 7 or more teeth.
“Because of organizations like the Peculiar Charitable Foundation, families at our clinic no longer have to worry about where they can find treatment for their child,” Cynthia Randazzo, CCHF president, said. “Peculiar Charitable Foundation’s support allows us to provide a permanent dental home for children and teens at Cass County Dental Clinic.”