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Debra J. Bassett RDH, BHS

Miles of Smiles: Relying on Grantors to Fund Dental Services

Debra J. Bassett RDH, BHS, is the oral health team supervisor for the Ottawa County Health Department's Miles of Smiles Mobile Dental Unit Outreach Initiative. She said the MDA Foundation grant they received helped fund continued comprehensive dental services for financially qualifying, low-income, uninsured children in Ottawa County schools, Head Start programs, summer health department sites, summer migrant programs, and others.

Here is there story:

In September 2013, Miles of Smiles received $5,000 from the MDA Foundation. We rely on grantors and greatly appreciate their generosity. The award significantly helped us to provide dental services to the uninsured children of Ottawa County.

The Miles of Smiles dental unit is a 40-foot, custom-designed dental office on wheels, consisting of two dental operatories, a lab with sterilization, waiting room with desk, two X-ray units with digital X-rays, and more.

In Ottawa County, Miles of Smiles helps increase access to comprehensive dental services for Medicaid insured or financially qualifying low-income, uninsured children. The Ottawa County Department of Public Health receives payment for the Medicaid/MIChild insured children services. However, we do not receive any compensation for low-income children who do not have insurance.

The MDA Foundation grant allowed us to cover 72 appointments in 2013. Thank you so much, MDAF!

Debra J. Bassett RDH, BHS
Oral Health Team Supervisor
Ottawa County Department of Public Health

- Debra J. Bassett RDH, BHS

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