20 Oral Health Providers Receive $7.6 Million in Federal Grants

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this week awarded 20 oral health care providers across Florida over $7.6 million in grants to increase access to oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes. As a result, approximately 1,600 new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides, and technicians will treat nearly 785,000 new patients nationwide. Click here to read the announcement.

Florida CHAIN commends the Obama Administration for helping providers hire more health care professionals and serve more Floridians who are currently without access to oral health care.

“Oral health is integral to overall health,” said CHAIN CEO Mark Pafford. “Florida’s decision not to expand Medicaid has left more than 567,000 Floridians in the coverage gap because they earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to qualify for subsidies through the ACA’s insurance marketplace. It is incumbent on our state’s leaders to answer the calls of these citizens so every Floridian can access dental and medical health services,” said Pafford.

Florida providers receiving grants are listed below.

Health Center Grantee City Award Amount
BOND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. TALLAHASSEE $350,000
BORINQUEN HEALTH CARE CENTER INC MIAMI $350,000
CENTRAL FLORIDA HEALTH CARE, INC. AVON PARK $350,000
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS OF PINELLAS, INC. ST PETERSBURG $350,000
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, INC. WINTER GARDEN $350,000
COMMUNITY HEALTH SOUTH FLORIDA, INC. MIAMI $350,000
ESCAMBIA COMMUNITY CLINICS, INC. PENSACOLA $524,999
FLORIDA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER INC WEST PALM BEACH $350,000
HEALTH CARE DISTRICT OF PALM BEACH COUNTY PALM SPRINGS $524,999
HEART OF FLORIDA HEALTH CENTER, INC. OCALA $350,000
JESSIE TRICE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. MIAMI $350,000
MIAMI BEACH COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER INC. MIAMI $525,000
NORTH BROWARD HOSPITAL DISTRICT FORT LAUDERDALE $350,000
NORTH FLORIDA MEDICAL CENTERS, INC. TALLAHASSEE $350,000
PANCARE OF FLORIDA INC PANAMA CITY $350,000
RURAL HEALTH CARE, INCORPORATED PALATKA $350,000
SUNCOAST COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, INC. RUSKIN $301,116
TAMPA FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS, INC. TAMPA $300,000
TREASURE COAST COMMUNITY HEALTH, INC. VERO BEACH $524,999
TRENTON MEDICAL CENTER INC HIGH SPRINGS $350,000