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Dental Clinic Receives Grant to Expand Services

 

Western Kentucky Dental Clinic Receives $42,000 Grant
Helping Hands Dental Clinic will use funds to purchase new equipment

Frankfort, Ky. (September 21, 2020) New grant funding will help a western Kentucky dental clinic expand its services. Helping Hands Dental clinic, which operates as Blount Rural Health Center in Elkton, located in Todd County, is getting $42,000 to purchase the equipment needed for a new general dentistry workstation. Blount Rural Health Center, a Kentucky Primary Care Association member (KPCA), is one of only three certified Rural Health Clinics (RHC) in the Commonwealth that provides dental services.

Our dental clinic is a blessing to so many people. This new funding will allow us to not only see additional patients, but increase services as well,” said Anita Jo Powell, RN, CRHCP, Executive Director of Blount Rural Health Center. “Since opening in 2018 we have served over 2,500 patients. We provide discounted fees for dental services through a sliding scale fee for those without insurance coverage. Our clinic strives to create or enhance smiles, improve self-esteem, increase employability, and promote overall oral health to our community. We feel we are making a huge difference!”

Blount Rural Health Center is an independently owned and operated nonprofit. The dental clinic opened with four operatory stations. A fifth station was added last year to meet the growing demand from patients in Todd and surrounding counties.

“Drug abuse, which frequently leads to poor teeth, is a huge problem in our region, continued Powell. “We want to help give people their smiles back. When they overcome their addiction we don’t want them to be reminded of their past by poor teeth.”

“Blount Rural Health Dental Clinic fills a critical need in the communities it serves,” added David Bolt, CEO of the Kentucky Primary Care Association. “This grant award underscores the value this essential RHC provides to its patients, communities, and Kentucky’s healthcare system.”

The grant funding for Blount Rural Health Dental Clinic is part of an overall $4.7 million investment announced by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), which is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000. The latest DRA investments are designed to improve public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, broadband services, healthcare access, and job training to support economic development in communities across western Kentucky.

In announcing the grant to Blount Rural Health Dental Clinic project, and ten other grants to local organizations, DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell said "these investments highlight the importance of local and regional public-private partnerships in realizing the long-term success of infrastructure, business, and workforce projects to spur job growth and ultimately improve business competitiveness in the region.  I would like to thank Governor Beshear, Senator Majority Leader McConnell, Senator Paul, and Congressman Comer for their continued support and commitment to the Delta Regional Authority and our work to create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of those residing in our region.”

The full grand announcement from DRA is available online here: https://dra.gov/newsroom/press-release/dra-announces-4.7-million-investment-into-kentucky-communities/

To find the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) in your community go to the KPCA website: https://kpca.net/map/ql/health-care and search the category map.
 

About the Delta Regional Authority
The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to promote and encourage the economic development of the lower Mississippi River Delta region and Alabama Black Belt.  DRA invests in projects supporting transportation infrastructure, basic public infrastructure, workforce training, and business development.  DRA’s mission is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of those who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state region.
 
DRA Media Contact:
Shawna Blair
Director of Communications and Public Engagement
202-434-4842

sblair@dra.gov
 

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