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Floyd County Dental Clinic

Summary 
  • Need: Lack of dental healthcare access for rural northwest Georgians with lower incomes/no insurance.
  • Intervention: A dental clinic accepting Medicaid, PeachCare (Georgia's low income child health insurance program), and private pay started through collaboration of a local medical center, dental college, and county health department.
  • Results: From 2015 through current June 2017 totals, the Floyd Dental Clinic provided quality oral healthcare to nearly 6000 low-income patients.

Description

Established in 2006 and now operated by the Northwest Georgia Public Health Department, the current collaborative effort between the Floyd Medical Center and the Floyd County Health Department, supports the Floyd County Dental Clinic serving 10 counties in the northwest Georgia.

The clinic is open to people of all ages and provides full dental care to low income patients.

The project was initially funded by a 2005-2008 Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant. Today, funding for the Floyd County Dental Clinic comes from a hybrid of sources including:

  • User-generated fees make up about 70% (Medicaid, PeachCare, private insurance, fee for service)
  • Support from the state government

Sustainability has been managed by retention of the professional team, respected for their community engagement and their high quality of care.

Services offered

General dental practices:

  • Exams
  • Cleanings
  • Sealants
  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Partials
  • Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Oral surgery

Specialty dental services:

  • Cosmetic dentistry such as bleachings and aesthetic restorations
  • Endodontics
  • Dental implant restorations
  • Two-chair mobile clinic which is taken to local elementary schools

Bilingual language interpretation services are available when needed.

Results

From July 2015 to June 2016, the Floyd County Dental Clinic served 3,145 patient and from July 2016 through June 2017, 2681 patients were served.

Barriers

Low rates of Medicaid reimbursement, the insurer for the majority of patients.

Replication

Grant funding is likely necessary for a new clinic's infrastructure, such as equipment or a building. Additionally attention to the recruitment and retention of high quality staff paired with a plan for adequate revenue for sustainability must be a planning priority for a replicated model.

Contact Information

Thomas E. Shaw III, DDS, FAGD, District Dental Director
Floyd County Dental Clinic | Northwest Georgia Public Health
Floyd County Dental Clinic
706.802.5050
Thomas.Shaw@dph.ga.gov

Topics
Access
Appalachia
Dental workforce
Health workforce education and training
Medicaid
Oral health

States served
Georgia

Date added
January 11, 2007

Date updated or reviewed
March 14, 2018


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