Indianapolis, IN---A federal grant awarded to Community Health Network Foundation has resulted in a new eastside dental clinic, providing affordable, integrated oral and primary health care to underserved students and adults in Warren Township and surrounding areas. Warren Central High School alumnus Jane Pauley led today's ribbon-cutting ceremony for Jane Pauley Community Health Center Dental Clinic, which was funded in part by a nearly $500,000 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant.
More than 100 people attended the ceremony and toured the new dental clinic, located inside the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township’s Walker Career Center, at 9651 East 21st Street, on the campus of Warren Central High School. The 1,976 square-foot clinic features four private treatment rooms and one consultation room, new dental equipment, a lab, sterilization area and reception space. The clinic will be open year-round with daytime and evening appointments, to accommodate patient needs and schedules.
A dentist and dental hygienist from the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) will staff the clinic, supervising IUSD dental residents, students and high school seniors enrolled in the Walker Career Center’s dental assistant teaching program.
Dental services at the clinic will be affordable and accessible to all, regardless of income or insurance coverage. Most major insurance plans, as well as Medicaid and Medicare, will be accepted. Financial assistance programs will be available for uninsured patients, based on income and family size.
Jane Pauley Community Health Center, located inside MSDWT's Renaissance School at 30th and Post Road, will serve as a partner, directing patients with dental needs to the clinic and accepting primary health care referrals from the dental providers. Nurses from local school districts may refer students to the dental clinic, as well.
According to Dan Hodgkins, vice president of community benefit and economic development at Community Health Network, this collaborative project leverages the success of Community Health Network's school-based health care delivery system, which annually offers free primary care to more nearly 40,000 underserved students in Indianapolis.