CAB Assists Missouri Health Centers in Expanding Oral Health Services

HHS awards $156 million to health centers to expand oral health services. Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced nearly $156 million in funding to support 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to increase access to integrated oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes for Health Center Program patients.

A total of 20 awards were made to health centers in Missouri, amounting to $7,467,586 in funding through December 2017. Community Asset Builders provided technical assistance and grant writing expertise to 13 health centers (12 were awarded funding) and is pleased to congratulate all of Missouri’s awardees.

This funding enables health centers to expand integrated oral health care services and increase the number of patients served. With these awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), health centers across the country will increase their oral health service capacity by hiring approximately 1,600 new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides, and technicians to treat nearly 785,000 new patients.

“Oral health is an important part of our overall physical health and well-being,” said Secretary Burwell. “The funding we are awarding will reduce barriers to quality dental care for hundreds of thousands of Americans by bringing new oral health providers to health centers across the country.”

Oral health problems can be a sign of illness elsewhere in the body. Additionally, lack of access to preventive and routine dental care for underserved populations can result in dental conditions requiring more costly emergency dental treatment.

“HRSA will continue to explore ways to further integrate oral health services within primary care settings, and increase awareness of the connection between oral health and overall health,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae.

Today, nearly 1,400 health centers operate approximately 9,800 service delivery sites in every U.S. state, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin; these health centers employ more than 170,000 staff who provide care for nearly 23 million patients. In 2014, health centers employed over 3,700 dentists, more than 1,600 dental hygienists, and over 7,400 dental assistants, technicians and aides. They served about 4.7 million dental patients and provided nearly 12 million oral health visits.

To view the list of the awardees, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/oralhealth/fy16awards.html

To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html

To find a health center in your area, visit http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/

Client Highlight – Week of April 25, 2016

In preparation for the 15th anniversary (July 2016) of Community Asset Builders, LLC (CAB), we will be featuring a past or present client each week.  Our first highlight is Katy Trail Community Health.

Regional Health Care Clinics, Inc. dba Katy Trail Community Health joined CAB as a community health center retainer client in 2005 and was rewarded with a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primary Health Care, New Access Point (new start) award for Pettis County, Missouri in 2006. In years to come, CAB was able to secure new access points for Morgan and Saline Counties and wrote and secured $2.9 million in ARRA Facility Improvement Funding in 2009 for construction of Harbor Village in Benton County. Harbor Village houses the Area Agency on Aging program, known as Care Connection, Pathways Community Health and Katy Trail Community Health. The co-location of services improves access to care and promotes service integration. CAB also secured capital funding to purchase Katy on the Go, a mobile unit that provides mobile primary care and oral health services to schools in Katy Trail’s service area.

CAB also provides support to Katy Trail in completing HRSA, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Service Area Competition (SAC) applications for ongoing federal base funding for the health center. Past awards have also been secured from the Office of Rural Health Policy, including Network Planning funding, a Rural Health Outreach grant award, and a Small Healthcare Provider Quality Improvement grant award. CAB has also secured capital funding and service expansion grants to support health center growth and operations.

Katy Trail has benefited from an estimated 85% grant success rate, generating more than $17 million over 11 years, with a return of nearly $100 for every dollar invested. In addition to resource development and grant writing services, CAB conducts annual strategic planning with Katy Trail’s leadership and board of directors.

We are proud to be a partner in Katy Trail’s growing success!

www.katyhealth.org