Goodwin Community Health’s Dental Center recently received several grants to foster significant improvement in its operations as well as expand oral care for Strafford County children in need. The new funding totals more than $111,000 over the next three years and includes support for school-based and in-house children’s dental programs, increased access to preventive oral care for adults, and general Dental Center operations.

The HNH Foundation Board of Directors awarded a $25,000 grant. The HNH Foundation funding will be used to provide restorative oral health care to Strafford County second and third grade uninsured children, who would otherwise be unable to access care. Additionally, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England awarded an $11,500 grant in support of Goodwin Children’s Dental Care Program.

Both awards come on the heels of the recently released NH Healthy Smiles Healthy Growth third grade survey which identified Strafford County Children with a high prevalence of untreated decay and having the greatest need for treatment, as compared with other counties in the state. The survey identified that Statewide, 35.4% of New Hampshire third grade students experienced tooth decay and among the counties, Coos (14%) and Strafford (14.2%) counties had the highest prevalence of untreated decay.

Other grants received include a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF) for $20,000 a year for three years for general operations of the Goodwin Dental Center and Coggswell Benevolent Trust awarded the Center a $14,803 grant so that the Dental program can complete an upgrade of much needed software.

“The need is very strong for charitable giving towards, community based dental health programs like the Goodwin Dental Center,” says Janet Laatsch, CEO of Goodwin Community Health. “The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid are helpful but leave large gaps of people in New Hampshire that still don’t have access to any form of preventive oral healthcare. Grants like these, help us to sustain care for these underserved populations. Collectively these grants make a big impact on the betterment of oral health in Strafford County.”

About The HNH Foundation
The HNH Foundation was formed as the result of the merger between Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Hampshire and Matthew Thornton Health Plan. The Foundation, incorporated in October of 1997, is organized and operates exclusively for charitable purposes. The mission is to improve the health and wellness of New Hampshire’s population, with a focus on its most vulnerable children. This is accomplished through grantmaking and partnerships with stakeholders aligned with the mission.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is driven by a vision for a stronger, more just, and resilient Granite State. In pursuit of this vision, the Foundation invests charitable assets for today and tomorrow; connects donors to effective organizations, ideas and people; and leads and collaborates on important public issues. Annually, the Foundation awards nearly 5,000 grants and scholarships totaling $30 million. Based in Concord, the Foundation roots itself in communities across the state through its staff, board of directors, and eight regional advisory boards. For more information, please visit www.nhcf.org or call 603-225-6641.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Eastern New England® was organized to improve the lives of children by providing financial support to organizations serving children and families through health care, education and non-profit social service. Since it was organized in 1986, RMHC of Eastern New England has given grants totaling over $22 million to our core programs, children’s non- profit organizations and programs helping thousands of children and families throughout eastern New England.

Goodwin Community Health is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving 8,000 patients in the Greater Strafford County area offering primary care, dental care and behavioral healthcare. The Goodwin Dental Center, operating since 2004, serves almost 3,000 patients, both adults and children and offers services to the uninsured on a sliding scale fee basis based on income. Most health insurance plans are also accepted. The Dental Center also has first-come, first-serve stand-by hours on weekdays from 8:00am through 11:00am. Donations from the public are always welcome. For information about Goodwin Community Health or to become a patient contact them at 603-749-2346 or check them out at www.GoodwinCH.org

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