Family First Health receives $15,000 grant from Highmark Blue Shield in support of Kids Against Cavities
Central Pa. – Family First Health is pleased to announce it has received a $15,000 grant from Highmark Blue Shield in support of Kids Against Cavities, which aims to increase access to coordinated, cost-effective and high-quality oral health care for children in York and Adams counties.
Kids Against Cavities is a comprehensive pediatric oral health care system based on the Hub and Spoke Model, which was created in 2007 by the Kansas Association for Medically Underserved (KAMU).
As an initiative of Family First Health, Kids Against Cavities uses the federally qualified health center’s five established sites in York and Adams counties as dental “hubs,” with satellite locations, services and partnerships as “spokes” to provide expanded treatment options.
This model allows providers to directly deliver services to underserved children and reserve fixed-site services for high-intensity treatment. This takes a proactive approach in strengthening the community’s oral health by decreasing geographic barriers to care. In addition, the expansion of the portable dentistry approach contributes to the financial viability of the “hub” by providing reimbursable services off-site to a target population.
The $15,000 grant is designated specifically for equipment that will allow Family First Health to expand its Kids Against Cavities program to 500 to 700 children enrolled in Head Start locations and school-based sites and implement technology that will enable expanded treatment options regardless of venue of care.
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About Family First Health
Founded in 1970, York Health Corporation, now Family First Health, is a non-profit, federally qualified health center dedicated to providing a broad range of primary health, dental care and social services at its sites on South George Street in York, Hannah Penn Middle School, Lewisberry, Hanover and Gettysburg. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, Family First Health offers a reduced fee program for the uninsured and accepts most other health insurances. For more information regarding the programs and services offered through Family First Health, please visit the website at www.familyfirsthealth.org. Se habla español.