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Southcentral Foundation Enhances Services for Elders With Opening of New Dental Clinic

(Anchorage, Alaska, Jan. 4, 2011) – Southcentral Foundation is creating a “dental home” for Elders, the first of its kind in Anchorage. A new dental clinic was built in a space adjacent to the Southcentral Foundation Elder Program in the Chugach Square Mall off Tudor Road. An open house event will be held Wednesday, Jan. 5, from 1 to 2 p.m.

By co-locating dental services with the Elder Program, Elders will be more likely to receive routine oral health care. The dental home environment is designed to catch problems early, reducing more costly dental work and emergencies.

Surveys were sent to Elders to obtain input on the types of services and schedule they would like to see at their new clinic. As a result of the feedback, dental exams, cleanings and fillings will be offered on site, initially one to two days per week. The clinic will be staffed by dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants.

“We are very pleased to announce the opening of the Chugach Square Dental Clinic for the Elders of our Native Community,” said Dr. Kevin Gottlieb, Southcentral Foundation Vice President of Resource and Development, and the organization’s first dentist. “The goal is to reduce barriers and make it more convenient for Elders to have their oral health needs met.”

The Elder Program routinely transports Alaska Native and American Indian people over age 55, by bus, for participation in ongoing wellness activities at its Chugach Square Mall location. Over 1,000 Elders are enrolled in the program, which offers a range of services from health screenings and classes, to beading and sewing circles and meal services.

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Established in 1982, Southcentral Foundation’s (SCF) mission is to work together with the Native Community to achieve wellness through health and related services. The nonprofit health care affiliate of Cook Inlet Region, Inc., SCF has grown in its 27 years, from a single dental clinic to an internationally recognized, award-winning health care organization that employs more than 1,400 people and administers a budget of $200 million annually to manage more than 60 health care programs and services.

 

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