A one-day effort to address a major community health concern takes place Saturday, March 23 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Family Health Center’s Alcott campus, 505 E. Alcott Street.
The Dental Day of Caring, spearheaded by Family Health Center, will deliver free basic dental care for up to 450 uninsured adults from across Kalamazoo County in a single day.
Partners include Family Health Center, United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region, and the Kalamazoo chapter of The Links Incorporated.
During the one-day clinic, uninsured adults will receive a dental exam and at least one service, including cleanings, sealants, fillings and extractions. All services are being provided free of charge by volunteers who are fully licensed and certified dental providers. Also assisting are fourth-year dental students and supervisors from the University of Michigan.
“Many adults who don’t have dental insurance can’t afford to take care of their teeth, and that poses a big risk to their overall health,” said Denise Crawford, president and chief executive officer of Family Health Center (FHC). “Dental Day of Caring will tackle that need for hundreds of our community’s most vulnerable residents.”
While walk-ins will be served on Dental Day of Caring, patients are urged to pre-register to secure a time to receive care. Anyone can pre-register at an FHC location — 117 W. Paterson Street; 1308 N. Burdick St.; or 505 E. Alcott Street.