Project Spotlight: John Muir Community Health Alliance – Mobile Dental Clinic
The Mobile Dental Clinic program and the Dental Collaborative of Contra Costa celebrated their tenth anniversary on March 4, 2014. In the past ten years they have provided 11,041 visits to the Mobile Dental Clinic, serving 5,086 children. Additionally over 47,000 children have received oral health assessments in schools and community sites and over 25,000 have received fluoride applications.The Mobile Dental Clinic is part of the Dental Collaborative of Contra Costa. The collaborative was formed in 2004 in response to a dire need for dental services in the county and is comprised of Contra Costa County Health Services, John Muir Community Health Alliance, Brookside Community Health Center, La Clínica de la Raza, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bay Area in California. Their mission is to provide uninsured and underserved children and families in Contra Costa County with access to high quality dental services in their neighborhoods, to improve health outcomes and to link patients to a dental and medical home for ongoing care.
Vesper Society supports the work of the Mobile Dental Clinic, which offers free dental services for children and youth through age 19 in underserved and low-income communities in Contra Costa County. Only 17% of children served have insurance. The project offers dental services to some of the 83% of children who do not have insurance. Their focus in 2014 is to provide dental services directly at school sites in West Contra Costa County instead of community sites which will allow the children to miss less time from school to receive dental care.