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August 16, 2016

Fauquier Free Clinic gets grant for pediatric dentistry

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Head Start clinics visit the Fauquier Free Clinic dental clinic, where they get tips on brushing and flossing.
For the third consecutive year the Fauquier Free Clinic has received a Virginia Health Care Foundation grant to support dental care for children.

The free clinic got its first and largest VHCF grant for that purpose in 2014. This grant totals $28,749 and helps pay a contracted dentist two days a week.

When the health department closed its pediatric dental clinic several years ago, his organization began offering services for children, Fauquier Free Clinic Executive Director Rob Marino said.

The free clinic has added school visits, during which its dentist can see up to 60 students during what he calls “flashlight exams,” Mr. Marino added. That helps identify children’s dental problems and schedule clinic visits before they become severe.

Last year, 1,084 patients from Fauquier and Rappahannock counties visited the free clinic in Warrenton for dental exams and treatment.

The Virginia Health Care Foundation recently awarded $343,000 in grants to dental safety net clinics around the state. The funding, in part, came from a $1 million challenge grant from the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation.

VHCF also awarded more than $2 million in grants to expand medical, behavioral health and pharmacy services in 15 other organizations throughout the state and to help identify and enroll uninsured children in the state-sponsored FAMIS health insurance programs.

The Virginia Health Care Foundation is a non-profit public/private partnership whose mission is to increase access to primary health care for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians. The foundation was initiated by the General Assembly and its Joint Commission on Health Care in 1992. Since its inception, it has funded 380 community-based projects across the commonwealth, and its programs and partnerships have touched the lives of more than 600,000 uninsured Virginians.

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