Goodwin Community Health announced it’s expanding the Goodwin Dental Center by adding and equipping a new dental operatory, adding additional dental staff and expanding evening hours.  The expansion is a result of a $700,000 grant award from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Goodwin is committed to creating access to preventive and routine dental care for the underserved populations of Strafford County.  “When we increase our capacity, we help patients prevent dental conditions requiring more costly emergency dental treatment,”  “says Goodwin Dental Center Director Whitney Goode, DMD.  “More preventive access to oral care helps us to achieve the goals of driving down costs to our health care system and reducing health disparities in the communities we serve.”

The funds allow the Goodwin Dental Center to expand its operating hours to include staying open for evening appointments every Thursday until 7 p.m.  It also allows the center to offer transportation to qualifying patients. The new operatory is under construction and will open later this fall. Recruitment is underway for additional dental staff.

The expansion is made possible by a June announcement that the Department of Health and Human Services awarded 156 million in funding to support 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to increase access to integrated oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes for Health Center Program patients.

This funding enables health centers to expand integrated oral health care services and increase the number of patients served. With these awards from HRSA, health centers across the country will increase their oral health service capacity by hiring approximately 1,600 new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides, and technicians to treat nearly 785,000 new patients.

About Goodwin Community Health

Goodwin Community Health is the only FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) in the Strafford County area to provide access to primary, dental, prenatal, and behavioral health care as well as community wellness and public health services. Goodwin Community Health empowers people to maximize health and well-being and strives to make its array of programs and health services integrated, convenient, high quality, affordable and easy to access.  Find them at 311 Route 108 in Somersworth, at GoodwinCH.org, or at facebook.com/GoodwinCommunityHealth.

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