WellSpan Health uses $2.2M HHS grant to launch mobile dental clinics

York, Pa.-based health system WellSpan Health is launching a mobile clinic program to improve dental care access among vulnerable communities.

Funded by a five-year $2,249,373 grant from HHS, the mobile dental clinic aims to provide services for individuals at long-term care facilities starting at the end of this year.

The funding will also go toward the expansion of WellSpan Health's dental residency program and the development of a dental healthcare coordinator position, in which someone will visit communities to provide oral health education and preventive services.

"With this grant, we will design and implement a program offering that can serve as a model for others," Victoria Diamond, senior vice president of WellSpan Health's central region and president of WellSpan York Hospital, said in a news release. "We want physicians and community advocates across the country to look at our program in five years and say, 'This innovation in clinical service is something that we can reproduce here in our own community.'"

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