Tri-County Community Expands Dental Access for Local Children and Families

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The Department of Health and Family Services today awarded $75,000 to the Tri-County Community Dental Clinic in an effort to expand dental access to low-income individuals. Tri-County is a volunteer dental clinic that helps low-income and Medicaid patients receive dental care in Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago counties.

"This grant will help Tri-County expand its successful, volunteer program so that kids can get the dental care they need," said Secretary Hayden. "We're working with local communities to open dental clinics or partner with existing clinics to help the 75 percent of low-income children who don't have access to dental care."

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Dental decay is the number one chronic disease of childhood, particularly among low-income children who may not have access to a dentist, but often end up in an emergency room to receive care. In addition, painful cavities can make it harder to succeed in school because children are in pain, instead of being able to focus in class.

The Department is awarding approximately $4.08 million in one-time grants to expand access to oral health for Wisconsin children and families. These federal funds are in addition to the $8.8 million earmarked for dental access in Governor Doyle's BadgerCare Plus proposal. BadgerCare Plus will create a single health care safety net to cover all children, provide coverage and enhance benefits for pregnant women, simplify the Medicaid program and promote prevention and healthy behaviors.

In addition to the Tri-County Community Dental Clinic, the grants below have already been awarded to expand or create successful local programs:

  • Scenic Bluffs Dental Clinic, Cashton, La Crosse County, $350,000
  • Madre Angela Dental Clinic, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, $140,000
  • Brown County Oral Health Partnership, $341,000
  • Marquette University School of Dentistry, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, $1 million
  • Family Health La Clinica, Wautoma, Waushara County, $75,000
  • Lakeshore Technical College, Cleveland, Manitowoc County $75,000
  • Oneida and Vilas Counties, $75,000
  • Tri-County Clinic, Appleton, Outagamie County, $75,000
  • Rural Health Dental Clinic, Menomonie, Dunn County, $75,000
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