Today, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis announced that funding from the Department of Health Services (DHS) will keep the LAC+USC Pediatric Dental Clinic subsidized on a permanent basis. The LAC+USC Pediatric Dental Clinic aligns with Supervisor Solis’ greater effort to turn LAC+USC into a Healthy Village, a place where local stakeholders and leaders work together to improve the overall health and wellness of the community.
“This is, and has always been, about the health of our community,” said Supervisor Solis. “At LAC+USC, we have the unique opportunity to provide programs that improve the health and prosperity for all residents. I want to thank DHS and the USC School of Dentistry for working together to ensure continued delivery of pediatric dental services to our community’s most vulnerable children.”
Every year 2,300 children from communities surrounding LAC+USC and across the county visit the dental clinic. It is here where they are provided with dental care and specialized wraparound services for children who are most vulnerable, including those with developmental disabilities.
“The LAC+USC Pediatric Dental Clinic is much more than dental care; it is about delivering better healthcare to those who need it most,” said Dr. Roseann Mulligan, Associate Dean of Community Health Programs and Hospital Affairs at the Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC. “We want to thank Supervisor Solis and DHS for their partnership as we look to find ways to improve the lives of all residents surrounding LAC+USC.”
Established just two years ago, the LAC+USC Pediatric Dental Clinic was created through grant funding from First5LA. However, that funding ends July 1, 2018. It is through the County’s funding from DHS that USC’s pediatric dental services can continue operating at LAC+USC on an ongoing basis.
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