For Immediate Release. September 21, 2017
Tampa, FL September 21, 2017- The Center for Oral Health is pleased to announce the opening of the first of a series of clinics in Florida, where it will serve communities where health disparities are highly prevalent.
On September 18, 2017 a group of patients, local community advocates, health professionals, health plans, and elected officials, including State Senators Dana Young and Darryl Rouson, and State Representatives Shawn Harrison and Wengay Newton, joined the Center for Oral Health staff to celebrate the opening of its first clinic in Tampa. COH’s first location outside of California follows a multi-specialty practice model. The Clinic, a one-stop shop for its patients, is dedicated to serving Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries only.
“The significance of this office lies in an innovative value-based relationship with Medicaid and Medicare plans to utilize existing public funds more wisely and assure program integrity” –said Dr. Conrado Barzaga, Executive Director of the Center for Oral Health. “We are partnering with every plan to ensure access to dental care for patients whose oral health care needs have long been neglected” –he added.
“I have taken my granddaughter to five different clinics before and they could not see her because of her special care needs” –said Ms. Rivera, the grandmother of a patient with special care needs. “We are happy that we finally found a place that has taken care of her and that welcomes our family anytime” –she emphasized.
Since the Center began offering services, it has received patients from different counties in Central Florida including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Lake, Manatee, and Orange. This underscores the challenge Medicaid patients face finding compassionate dental care.
The Clinic of Center for Oral Health is located at 9309 N. Florida Ave. Suite 111. Tampa, FL 33612. Community members may schedule dental appointments by calling (813) 473-8200.
About the Center for Oral Health:
The Center for Oral Health (COH) is a public service provider and public health think tank that translates oral health science into public policy recommendations and innovative delivery models to eliminate health disparities, improve health outcomes, and increase access to care. COH works through community partnerships to promote cost-effective, comprehensive, and integrated approaches to the delivery of health care services for underserved and vulnerable populations across the globe.
Since its inception in 1985, COH has provided an independent voice to advance oral health knowledge, inform public policy, and has been a leader in oral health care delivery outside of the traditional dental care models, addressing the needs of vulnerable communities.
For more information please call (909) 469-8300 or visit the website at http://www.centerfororalhealth.org