Enlarging the Dental Program
To celebrate our fiftieth, we’re growing our programs, demonstrating our commitment to serving low income, under-resourced community members. In response to the burgeoning community need, White Bird has enlarged the dental program to increase its capacity to serve patients by nearly 75% by renovating a building at 1415 Pearl St. into a clinic that will allow us to serve more children and families.
Poor oral health presents significant challenges for many unhoused community members. According to Trillium Community Health Plan, many of their patients don’t ever see a dentist. The last two Lane County Community Health Improvement Plans identified access to affordable dental care as a major priority.
The dental clinic was founded in 1995 and has grown continuously since then. The twenty-three-year-old facility has been the limiting factor in White Bird’s ability to meet the increased community need for oral health care.
White Bird Clinic has a history of identifying, assessing, and responding to community need by leveraging existing resources. The dental expansion project is a central component of White Bird’s mission of service to low income, under-served community members. Once the new dental clinic is operational, the current clinic facility will be renovated to add a walk-in clinic to White Bird Medical. The new service will provide an alternative to hospital emergency room visits for low-income patients suffering an acute issue, offering compassionate and expert care and substantial cost savings for the community.