Working at White Bird Dental gives me a birds eye view of the overwhelming need for affordable dental care. We see people everyday in dental pain often with swollen faces. Please help us fund our remodeled clinic at 1415 Pearl Street.
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 is enlarging the dental program to increase its capacity to serve patients by nearly 75%. White Bird is renovating the building at 1415 Pearl St. into a clinic that will also provide denture care for elderly patients and 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 is 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 completed, 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.