Dental Clinic in Jackson Receives $350,000 Federal Funding Boost and Expands Services
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
JACKSON, MI– The new Center for Family Health Dental Clinic has been awarded $350,000 in annual support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The award, announced June 13, 2016, by the Health Resources and Services Administration, helps the Center for Family Health expand dental services to all adults who need care, regardless of whether they are medical patients at the Center, and regardless of insurance or ability to pay.
The Dental Clinic opened May 16, 2016, at 500 N. Jackson Street. It is a state-of-the-art facility with 20 dental chairs and room to expand. With 22,000 square feet of space across two floors, the facility enables the Center for Family Health to broaden dental services previously limited mostly to children.
Built and equipped at a cost of $8.5 million, the Dental Clinic was financed in part by generous community and charitable support. Construction is complete, but fundraising continues, thanks to a Challenge Grant from the Weatherwax Foundation.
Donors include Henry Ford Allegiance Health, the Jackson Health Plan Endowment, the Delta Dental Foundation, the Alvin Glick Foundation, the Speckhard-Knight Charitable Foundation, the Samuel Higby and Margaret H. Camp Charitable Foundation, and the Myers Trust. The Weatherwax Foundation’s ongoing challenge grant promises $200,000 if the Center raises an additional $600,000 in donations.
“While we thank the community for the financial support given to expand adult dental services, the work is not done,” said Terry Langston, Communications and Development Officer for the Center for Family Health. “We still need to raise an additional $300,000 to achieve the Weatherwax Challenge grant,” Langston said. “Every penny counts, and we welcome community members to donate today.”
About Center for Family Health
The Center for Family Health is an independent, Federally Qualified Health Center that never turns patients away because of inability to pay. Founded 25 years ago, it provides quality primary health care and behavioral health services to more than 27,000 patients at its main location in Jackson, four school health centers, a Hillsdale center, a dental clinic, and a satellite clinic at LifeWays.
Source: Center for Family Health