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Kansas And Missouri Health Centers Get Nearly $10M To Expand Oral Health Services

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Grants were awarded to 20 health centers in Missouri and six in Kansas.

Kansas health centers will receive about $2.2 million in grants and Missouri health centers, including three in Kansas City, will receive about $7.5 million to improve access to oral health care.

The grants are part of $156 million in federal fundingannounced Thursday by the Health Resources and Services Administration for health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The grants will allow the health centers to boost their dental staffs by about 1,600 employees and treat 785,000 more patients. The health centersserve patients regardless of their ability to pay for services.

“Oral health is an important part of our overall physical health and well-being,” Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in a news release. “The funding we are awarding will reduce barriers to quality dental care for hundreds of thousands of Americans by bringing new oral health providers to health centers across the country.” 

Missouri grant winners and amounts:

  • Advocates for a Healthy Community, Springfield, $350,000.
  • Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers, St. Louis, $350,000.
  • Big Springs Medical Association, Ellington, $350,000.
  • Community Treatment Incorporated, Festus, $350,000.
  • Compass Health, Clinton, $350,000.
  • Douglas County Public Health Services Group, Ava, $350,000.
  • Family Health Center of Boone County, Columbia, $350,000.
  • Great Mines Health Center, Potosi, $525,000.
  • Health Care Coalition of Lafayette County, Waverly, $350,000.
  • Kansas City Care Clinic, Kansas City, $350,000.
  • Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers, St. Louis, $302,564.
  • Northwest Health Services, St. Joseph, $350,000.
  • Ozark Tri-County Health Care Consortium, Neosho, $350,000.
  • Ozarks Resource Group, Hermitage, $350,000.
  • Preferred Family Healthcare, Kirksville, $350,000.
  • Regional Health Care Clinic, Sedalia, $525,000.
  • Richland Medical Center, Richland, $350,000.
  • Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, Kansas City, $340,022.
  • Swope Health Services, Kansas City, $350,000.
  • South Central Missouri Community Health Center, Rolla, $525,000.

Kansas grant winners and amounts:

  • Center for Health and Wellness/HealthCore, Wichita, $350,000.
  • Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Pittsburg, $525,000.
  • Flint Hills Community Health Center, Emporia, $350,000.
  • Heartland Medical Clinic, Lawrence, $350,000.
  • Prairiestar Health Center, Hutchinson, $350,000.
  • Salina Health Education Foundation, Salina, $286,420.

Megan Hart is a reporter for KHI News Service in Topeka, a partner in the Heartland Health Monitor team. You can reach her on Twitter @meganhartMC

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