UNITED WAY OF CHARLES COUNTY WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL GRANT PROVIDES AND IMPROVES ACCESS TO DENTAL CARE FOR CHARLES COUNTY WOMEN AND CHILDREN
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 $3350 grant enables Health Partners to offer these procedures at significantly lower prices and on payment 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% 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 Ms. Christine Mulcahey, Executive Director of Health Partners and Dr. Antonino Barbaro, Health Partners dentist, to hear about the impact of the grant.
According to Ms. Mulcahey, before the grant there were 85 extractions done in a three-month period, approximately 50% 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 stated that 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 $1500 for pharmacy assistance to uninsured and underinsured women and children in Charles County and $750 to provide cervical cancer screenings.
Health Partners, Inc. in a “charitable clinic” providing primary adult care and pediatric and adult dental services to the uninsured and underinsured. Health Partners is a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering quality healthcare to the citizens of Charles County who are economically disadvantaged.
United Way of Charles County Women’s Leadership Council (formerly Charles County Women – United in Giving), which started in 2004, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured are: Elaine Reynolds, Marian Bruemmer, and Christine Mulcahey talking with Dr. Atonino Barbaro.