Advance Community Health Appeals to Congressman David Price in Application for Mobile Dental Project
April 2, 2021
By: Kelly Wright, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications
Advance Community Health Requests Congressional Community Project Funding to Expand Dental Services for Underserved Populations
RALEIGH, NC – Advance Community Health is appealing to Congressman David Price in an application to fund its Mobile Dental Project. As dental health continues to be a major focus of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and in response to the needs of our communities, Advance Community Health looks to expand its mobile primary care delivery scope to include essential and preventative dental care. The center provides nearly $5 million annually in uncompensated comprehensive care. In recognition of its application efforts, Advance has received several letters of support from elected officials to pursue this project.
“Dental prevention, or the lack thereof, is one of the top ten drivers of unnecessary health system costs that increases emergency department utilization. A mobile dental unit would bolster our dental strategy for the community and achieve deeper penetration into the county school systems and vulnerable rural populations,” says Dr. Rebecca Reeves, Chief Dental and Quality Officer for Advance Community Health.
Advance Community Health’s incoming CEO Scot McCray says, “In the midst of enhanced safety precautions we’ve made around COVID-19 and the push to get people vaccinated, there is still a need for convenient, safe, personalized primary care. This dental project is an innovative program of work and will help continue to increase access to hard-to-reach populations, including Medicaid patients, children and adults.”
Advance Community Health currently operates dental services for adults and children in its Raleigh location, serving approximately 2,500 patients per year. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the facility to enhance safety protocols using the latest technology, including installing a UV-24 lighting and air filtration system.
About Advance Community Health
Advance Community Health is a federally qualified health center (FQHC), a private, non-profit community health center in Wake and Franklin counties with a mission to provide primary care services to all, including privately insured, uninsured, under-insured, and medically-underserved patients. For 49 years we have been an anchor of quality, compassionate care for patients of all ages. The community-based, patient-driven center provides comprehensive primary healthcare, dental care, nutrition education, behavioral health, and operates the Horizon Healthcare for the Homeless program at Oak City Cares.