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Kagman health center receives $300K grant for dental program

THE Kagman Community Health Center received a $300,000 oral and dental health grant from the Human Resources and Services Administration.

KCHC Chief Executive Officer Vince Castro said the amount is in addition to the $1.3 million that the health center receives annually.

He said KCHC applied for the grant after conducting a survey in 2016 which indicated that 62.2 percent of 300 Kagman community households did not undergo a dental cleaning in the past year.

Of the 38 percent who did undergo dental cleaning/dental X-ray procedures in the past 12 months, Castro said only 19 percent received dental services from the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation’s dental clinic while the remaining received dental care from private clinics.

Castro said one of the reasons given by community members who did not receive dental services is Kagman’s location.

“The distance from Kagman to the dental clinics is one of the barriers for Kagman community members who are having a hard time accessing dental services,” he added.

“After reviewing the result of the survey, the KCHC board decided to apply for the oral health infrastructure grant when a notice of funding opportunity was made available. KCHC has a year to complete the infrastructure project,” Castro said in a statement.

When the infrastructure project is completed, they will recruit a dentist, he added.

“This will not compete with other dental clinics. KCHC’s dental clinic will augment dental services for the people,” Castro said.

KCHC is a federally qualified health center that serves all patients regardless of inability to pay. “Everyone is welcome, even those who reside outside the Kagman area,” Castro added.

For more information, call 256-KCHC (5242). Walk-ins and same day appointments are welcome, depending on availability. Patients with appointments are given priority.