Waterloo Community Foundation Grant Supports New Oral Health Services at ACE-SAP Free Clinic
A recent $5,000 grant from the Waterloo Community Foundation will support the ACE-SAP Free Clinic’s new Medical-Dental Collaboration. The initiative, set to launch in Spring 2021, seeks to provide dental services to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured area adults.
On-site dental care will be provided by nurse practitioner students under the supervision and in conjunction with I-Smile™ and include screenings, education, fluoride treatments, and even assistance with insurance enrollment. Patients with additional urgent dental needs will be referred to providers at Peoples Clinic, Hawkeye Community College, and dental practices throughout the area. The Clinic also plans to connect patients with partner dietitians at Allen Hospital to help individuals better understand the link between diet and dental health.
Besides serving an estimated 300 patients a year, the project gives nurse practitioner students dental health experience that they can apply in their future practice. “This Medical-Dental Collaboration has the potential to create a positive ripple effect that extends well beyond the Clinic,” said ACE-SAP Project Director and Allen College Professor, Dr. Ruselle DeBonis. “We’re so grateful for the Waterloo Community Foundation’s support,” continued Dr. DeBonis. “Oral health has been a growing concern at the Clinic and in the community and the COVID-19 pandemic has made access even more difficult. This support allows ACE-SAP and partners to do our part to help fill this gap and address urgent dental needs in those unable to afford care.”