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Foundation Awards $72,500 in New Grants; Highest Total Ever

The MDA Foundation awarded a record $72,500 in access-to-care grants in 2017 to nine charitable organizations across the state. The recipients include:

St. Vincent de Paul Society, Detroit ($10,000)

The society will use the funds to provide electronic medical records and digital X-rays to the clinic. This clinic sees about 3,500 patients per year who are homeless, indigent and uninsured. The equipment will allow for faster intake of each patient, provide a tracking service and the ability to cut down on the six month wait period.

Muskegon Community Health, Muskegon ($10,000)

The program partners with local dentists, hospital, and non-profit organizations in order for those who enter the emergency room with dental infection to be seen — at no charge — by a volunteer dentist. This program has decreased dental related emergency room visits by 60 percent. In order to receive dental care by one of the dental volunteers, the patients must agree to “pay it forward” by volunteering their time at a local non-profit organization. Due to this, several patients have found a purpose in life, jobs, and are helping to support their local community.

VINA Dental Clinic, Brighton ($10,000)

The clnic will be providing dental care to patients referred by the local hospital emergency room. This will cut down on visits to the emergency room for dental related emergencies and save the community thousands of dollars while having qualified dentists treat the dental issue instead of masking the pain with prescription medication.

Special Olympics, Mt. Pleasant ($10,000)

Funds will be used toward the expansion of the Special Smiles Program in order to provide dental education, screening, and referrals and to obtain additional treatment for intellectually disabled children and adults. Athletes to have access to the Special Smiles Program in Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Mount Pleasant, SE Michigan and Lansing alongside their olympic games.

Care Free Dental and Medical Clinic, Lansing ($10,000)

The clinic will use the grant funds to have a dentist onsite regularly, thus reducing wait times for patients. IT will also allow these patients to receive continuity of care with the dentist. An onsite dentist will also cut wait times to less than three months and serve an additional 500 patients annually. The clinic currently serves 750 patients with wait times in excess of six to 12 months.

Hope Clinic, Ypsilanti ($7,500)

Hope Clinic is a pilot program integrating all patient intake for an organization seeing dental, vision and social work related patients. This program will allow for care focused on treating the overall health of the patient instead of treating each medical issue independently. Pilot program will serve uninsured patients living at or below 200 percent of the poverty level. A total of 750 patients will be part of this pilot program.

Michigan Donated Dental Services (DDS), Okemos ($5,000)

The organization will be providing electronic toothbrushes to low income patients having coordination challenges to help each have the ability to brush twice a day and improve their dental hygiene habits, thus their overall health. The funding enables the organization to distribute these brushes to 150 patients.

Mel Trotter Ministries, Grand Rapids ($5,000)

Mel Trotter specializes in serving homeless in the Grand Rapids Area. The Foundation grant will be used toward increasing the dental clinic by one chair to serve an additional 250 patients per year.

Motor City Medical Clinic, Detroit ($5,000)

The funding was used to hold a three-day free healthcare clinic at Cobo Hall in Detroit from Aug. 9 – 11, 2017. The clinic saw close to 2,000 patients for dental care who were treated on a first come, first served basis.




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