Grant pro­vides den­tal care ac­cess for women and chil­dren

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United Way of Charles County’s Women’s Lead­er­ship Coun­cil (for­merly Charles County Women United in Giv­ing) ap­proved a grant this year to Health Part­ners, Inc., to ob­tain nec­es­sary den­tal equip­ment for root canals and crowns. The $3,350 grant en­ables Health Part­ners to of­fer th­ese pro­ce­dures at sig­nif­i­cantly lower prices and on pay- ment plans, if needed.

The high cost of th­ese pro­ce­dures else­where led to un­nec­es­sary

ex­trac­tions. Most clients are unin­sured or un­der­in­sured with an in­come at or be­low 300 per­cent of the Fed­eral Poverty Level. Mar­ian Bruem­mer, chair­per­son of the Women’s Lead­er­ship Coun­cil, Elaine Reynolds, WLC Steer­ing Com­mit­tee mem­ber

and Michael Bel­lis, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of United Way of Charles County, met re­cently with Chris­tine Mulc­a­hey, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Health Part­ners and Dr. An­tonino Bar­baro, Health Part­ners

den­tist, to hear about the im­pact of the grant.

Ac­cord­ing to Mulc­a­hey, be­fore the grant there were 85 ex­trac­tions done in a three-month pe­riod — ap­prox­i­mately 50 per­cent of which could have been avoided with ac­cess to root canal ther­apy. Many of those seen in the den­tal clinic have gone years with­out den­tal care. As a re­sult, pre­ven­tive ser­vices for many adults in­clude the need for a root canal and crown.

Dr. Bar­baro said the new equip­ment was a “game-changer” for the clients, re­sult­ing in the preser­va­tion of teeth and preven­tion of fu­ture den­tal prob­lems.

Other grants from Women’s Lead­er­ship Coun­cil to Health Part­ners pro­vided $1,500 for phar­macy as­sis­tance to unin­sured and un­der­in­sured women and chil­dren in Charles County and $750 to pro­vide cer­vi­cal can­cer screen­ings.

Health Part­ners, Inc. is a “char­i­ta­ble clinic” pro­vid­ing pri­mary adult care and pe­di­atric and adult den­tal ser­vices to the unin­sured and un­der­in­sured.

United Way of Charles County Women’s Lead­er­ship Coun­cil started in 2004 and has pro­vided over $225,000 to sup­port the needs of women and chil­dren in Charles County. The grants pro­vided have focused on men­tal and phys­i­cal health is­sues for women and chil­dren and de­vel­op­men­tal needs of chil­dren. The group is af­fil­i­ated with the United Way of Charles County.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Women’s Lead­er­ship Coun­cil, con­tact United Way of Charles County at 301-609-4844 or info@unit­ed­way­charles. org.


Elaine Reynolds, Women’s Lead­er­ship Coun­cil Steer­ing Com­mit­tee mem­ber, Mar­ian Bruem­mer, and Chris­tine Mulc­a­hey, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Health Part­ners, talk with Dr. Atonino Bar­baro, Health Part­ners den­tist, to dis­cuss a re­cent grant that will en­able women and chil­dren to re­ceive af­ford­able den­tal treat­ment.

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