Give Kids a Smile families receive follow-up care

Pediatric Dentistry@VCU provided $52,971 of dental care on Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) Day in February. Faculty, staff, residents and students worked together providing free dental care to 91 patients.

This year, additional follow-up care will be provided to the children and families treated on GKAS day at VCU. The Virginia Oral Health Coalition in partnership with Pediatric Dentistry@VCU received an award of $18,750 for the ADA Foundation GKAS Continuity of Care Grant. This grant has enabled the development of a case management system to assist children from the GKAS event at VCU. Many children will subsequently receive pro bono restorative care, and families will be assisted to enroll into systems of care and thus connect with a dental home.

Dr. Elizabeth Berry, Assistant Professor, and Kristin Coffield, Patient Care Coordinator for GKAS at VCU, coordinated the effort and continue to work to provide follow-up care to the patients treated. Per Dr. Berry, “There are so many families in our local community that are uninsured and underinsured and have unmet dental needs.  Our hope is to provide not only follow-up care, but also a dental home to many of these patients.”

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