SANDHILLS MEDICAL FOUNDATION, INC.
Project Title: Project Save Our Smiles (SOS)
The Sandhills Medical Foundation (SMF) is a federally-funded community health center providing primary medical care for residents of Chesterfield, Kershaw, Lancaster and Sumter counties.
To expand access to dental health care in a six county area, designated as a dental health professional shortage area, through the use of an oral health mobile unit providing services to 7 rural community health center sites. Other project components include patient outreach and testing services.
Rural; mobile van.
Chesterfield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Sumter counties in South Carolina.
Target Population:176 low-income and underserved HIV+ individuals in a six county rural area.
Project SOS will provide oral health care services including preventative, diagnostic, restorative, periodontic, prosthodontic, endodontic, oral medications, oral surgery, emergency care and oral health education/promotion.
A specially trained team including a dentist, dental hygienist and dental assistant.
Partners & Linkages to Medical Care:
Project SOS collaborators include the Richland Community Health Care Association, Inc (RCHCA), and the Columbia Oral Health Clinic (COHC). RCHCA is a federally-funded health center also funded to provide services to homeless persons living with HIV/AIDS, and COHC – providing oral health services to PLWH/A since1999 – will be contracted to provide consultation for the staff of Project SOS and will develop a HIV Oral Health Education packet.
This element to be addressed in the future.
Name & Title:
ECHO • c/o Health & Disability Working Group • BU School of Public Health • 374 Congress Street • Suite 502 Boston, MA 02210 • (617) 426-4447