2020 Fennie Community Fund
Legal-name: Children’s Dental Health Clinic
Previous-name: (d.b.a. Children’s Dental Health Clinic)
Address: 455 East Columbia Street Suite 32
City: Long Beach
Organizational-status: 501 (c)(3) nonprofit
Officer-firstname: John L.
Officer-title: Executive Director/Dental Director
Mission: To deliver oral health education and comprehensive treatment for economically disadvantaged children, including those with complex medical considerations, while also providing premier training in pediatric and multi-specialty dentistry.
ContactTitle: Director of Development & Communications
Grant-purpose: We humbly seek the opportunity to submit a request for $5,000 in grant support to partially fund our vital Multi-Specialty Pediatric Dental Treatment & Oral Health Education for children at our Long Beach and Avalon sites.
Grant-amount: $ 5,000
How-many-individuals: 3,200 patients/visits
What-is-project: Our Multi-Specialty Pediatric Dental Program provides vital dental treatment to underserved children in Long Beach and greater Long Beach, inclusive of Avalon on Catalina Island, where we remain the only dental provider on the Island serving low-income children. Our project is a fit because it is an integral part of the City’s safety-net health infrastructure. Where approximately 30% of our patients have special needs or complex medical considerations, such as Asthma, Autism, AIDS/HIV, Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome or Sickle Cell Anemia, we remain the only source for specialty dental treatment, because we are the only hospital-based comprehensive dental clinic in Long Beach. Multi-specialty Pediatric Dentists are specially trained to treat young children or children with physical medical and/or behavioral concerns with various levels of Sedation, including treatment using IV Sedation or under general anesthesia in the hospital operating room. The use of IV Sedation is a necessary means of providing quality, trauma-free care for underserved children, who do not usually have access to the care available to their more affluent peers
We continue to face the challenges of being among the very few dental providers accepting Denti-Cal and able to provide multi-specialty, hospital-based dental treatment for special needs and medically complex patients. Our waitlist, prior to the impact of COVID-19, for treatment in the Hospital Operating Room was at 12-months, and at 18-months for treatment under IV Sedation in our Clinic’s Specialty Care Area. The only other providers of similar services for underserved children are the dental schools in Los Angeles based at USC and UCLA, and at Rancho Los Amigos located in Downey—all of which face waiting-list issues.
According to the recently issued 2020 California Report Card from Children Now, which gave Oral Care a C-, “Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood condition that can lead to infection, pain, tooth loss, and associated behaviors like difficulties paying attention and sleeping. Medi-Cal Dental provides coverage for more than half of California children, but too few receive needed services due to lack of providers, outreach, and coordination — despite efforts to increase access to preventive dental services among children and pregnant women.” Untreated dental disease can also lead to systemic problems when dental infections spread to other parts of the body. The Children’s Dental Health Clinic also plays a vital role in reaching children at an early age, and in guiding patients and parents to healthy eating and oral hygiene habits that are not always easily maintained for our low income and special needs population of children. Our one-on-one basis encounter with children, mothers, parents and families in our Oral Health Education Center also provides resources in the community to help with families facing homelessness.
How-will-you-succeed: We will be able to measure our project’s success based on our ability to meet the following objectives:
1. Provide up to 3,200 patients with Multi-Specialty Pediatric Dental Treatment over one year, inclusive of:
a. Up to 200 underserved children with treatment under IV Sedation at the Main Clinic in our Specialty Care Area, including children with special needs and/or complex medical considerations.
b. Up to 200 underserved children with treatment under General Anesthesia in the Operating Room setting, including children with special needs and/or complex medical considerations.
2. Promote health literacy and development of healthy habits in oral health and nutrition by providing 100% of patients and caregivers with Oral Health Education and an Oral Health Kit that is provided in the language spoken at home.
Our comprehensive patient data management software, Dentrix, allows for the acquisition, storage, and transmission of digital imaging, patient charts, and reports. Our Dental Director/Executive Director works closely with staff to assess progress and impact, based on the program objectives and outcomes. Our management team meets regularly with staff and the Board of Directors to report on activities and evaluate our progress and impact, referring to measurable goals of programmatic work-plans. As the metrics that will be used to measure success, data collected from Dentrix will be used to evaluate the number of children served and type of treatment provided.
In addition, as we strive towards sustainability, our Executive Director Dr. John Blake continues to advocate for the oral health of children at the State and National levels through his roles with the California Dental Association (CDA) and as a delegate of the American Dental Association. Advocacy efforts with the CDA have been the driving force behind recent appropriation of Proposition 56 dollars to supplement Denti-Cal’s unsustainable reimbursement rates, The 40% increase pertained to certain procedure codes and not all; and we must continue to raise additional funds to supplement costs. With only up to 50% reimbursement of our costs from Medi-Cal (90% of our patients), and with current revenue losses due to the impact of COVID-19, we will use grant dollars immediately to provide much needed Multi-Specialty Pediatric dental treatment & Oral Health Education. Our strong Development efforts will continue to seek funding support from individuals, foundations, and organizations.
Who-are-you: The Children’s Dental Health Clinic (CDHC) has been serving the Greater Long Beach community with quality dental treatment and oral health education for more than 88 years, as the second oldest non-profit organization in Long Beach. Our Pediatric Specialty Care IV Sedation teams have been treating the increasing special dental needs of these complex patients for more than 30 years.
Our Mission is to deliver oral health education and comprehensive treatment for economically disadvantaged children, including those with complex medical considerations, while also providing premier training in pediatric and multi-specialty dentistry. With a vision is to see that all children grow up with healthy, confident smiles.
We provide underserved children, from birth through age 21, with comprehensive dental services that include General and Pediatric Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry, Oral Hygiene Education, an Early Intervention Program, Orthodontia, Endodontic, Periodontal, Oral Surgery, treatment with Oral/Intravenous Sedation, and treatment under General Anesthesia in the Operating Rooms of the Miller Children’s Hospital. Our unique 30+ year partnership with the Miller Children’s Hospital/Long Beach Memorial Medical Center places us on Hematology, Oncology and Cleft Palate/Cranio-facial Teams at the Hospital, where we are fully integrated into life-saving treatment plans for very young patients, special needs and/or medically compromised patients. Additionally, the CDHC is a premier training site for USC Dental Residents in Pediatric Dentistry, Oral Surgery, and General Dentistry. Our Specialty Care Pediatric Dental Team is on-call 24/7 for the Hospital’s ER, and in the Operating Room four days a week at Miller Children’s Hospital, where we have O.R. privileges. All of our patients are living at/or below 266% of the Federal Poverty Level, or have issues in access to care. Approximately 32% of our patients have special needs or complex medical considerations, such as Asthma, Autism, AIDS/HIV, Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome or Sickle Cell Anemia.
In addition, the core strengths of our organization lies in the mission driven staff and passionate leadership. Our Executive Director, Dr. John Blake, has served the CDHC as a volunteer, Board President, and Dental Director. He continues to be a voice at the State level, volunteering as an advocate for the dental health of all of California’s children. While holding a dual role as Executive Director and Dental Director, Dr. Blake also continues to work with our patients, including treating children with special needs in the Hospital Operating Room. As a dentist, administrator, and leader for dental health policy, Dr. Blake continues to ignite a grass-roots level of compassion, combined with a larger scope of understanding of dentistry and overall health. His leadership inspires our organization’s staff, board and volunteers towards the mission and vision of the CDHC.
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