Legal-name: Children’s Dental Foundation
Previous-name: Children’s Dental Health Clinic
Address: 455 E. Columbia Street, Suite 32
City: Long Beach
Officer: John L. Blake, DDS, Executive Director/Dental Director
ContactName: Belinda Wells
Title: Director of Development & Communications
GrantPurpose: Grant funding will be applied to the costs of utilities and insurance to help provide critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic: emergency dental treatment/surgeries for children and young adults seen in the Hospital Emergency Room, Operating Room, Specialty Care Area, assisting in alleviating the burden on Hospital ER, as we are hospital-based.
Periodoftime: March 15, 2020 – June 30, 2020
Audienceserved: Low income children and youth, special needs, medically compromised
Demoofaudience: The demographics we serve reflect our service area, where 85% are Latino, all of our patients are living at or below 266% FPL.
District: All Long Beach Districts will benefit.
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : The vital role CDHC has in Long Beach has become truly apparent as we unite with our city in facing COVID-19. We are taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our staff, patients and community, and have been closed except for emergencies since March 16, 2020. Our emergency crew, comprised of a doctor, and clinical and front office staff, have been directly fielding emergencies, and providing specialty treatment of complex cases in the Hospital Operating Room, where the risks of not treating our fragile patients outweigh postponing treatment. Our dental teams have also been on-call 24/7 with the hospital Emergency Rooms. We have strict screening protocols in place for anyone entering our office and even more stringent standards if treatment is necessary.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : Being hospital based, and the only hospital-based dental clinic in Long Beach, our emergency team will continue to help during this pandemic by managing phone calls and dental emergencies that could burden the Hospital Emergency Room. Our emergency crew will continue to treat emergencies and urgent specialty care needs of complex cases, working closely with the Hospital E.R. and Operating Room. Dr. John Blake has been at the Clinic every day, fielding multiple video conference calls with patients/parents and trying to triage emergencies daily. “Parents are frightened to come anywhere near a hospital and have been very compliant with the ‘stay at home’ guidance,” he says. There are an increasing number of patients that have not had their normal check-up visits, nor their scheduled treatment visits (basic fillings, preventative visits). “This trend,” Dr. Blake explained, “though understandable in our current situation, will create a buildup and potential ‘whiplash’ of minor issues turning into oral/dental pain and infection if not addressed soon.”
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : The Children’s Dental Health Clinic will be assisting our patient base of low-income children and young adults in need of urgent dental treatment and emergency care. As a hospital-based dental clinic, we will continue to serve as a vital partner to the Miller Children’s Hospital and Memorial Care Medical Center, where we lease space.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: We have not received any disaster recovery funds.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for? : We are seeing nowhere near normal clinical productivity and cash-flow has all but halted, as we have essentially no patient receipts. We have applied for the SBA PPP loan/grant, and we are hoping that will help with the next 8 weeks to maintain staff who have already been furloughed, many of whom have applied for unemployment. We do not expect our income streams to start up normally once we return.