Community Health Needs Assessment
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District has performed a Community Health Needs Assessment, showing their strategic approach to a healthy and safe community.
Community benefits are programs or activities that provide treatment, promote health and healing, and/or improve access to care in response to an identified community need. View the 2013 Implementation Strategy for Presence Covenant Medical Center. The 2012 Community Benefit Plan is available as well.
The Dental Care Crisis
When it comes to dental care in the Champaign-Urbana community, there is a real crisis at hand. Adults without dental insurance are being left untreated and end up visiting the emergency rooms where there is not much that can be done. Presence Covenant Medical Center is taking a proactive approach to addressing this community problem through the following initiatives.
Presence Covenant Food and Nutrition Dental Referral Program
Eating patterns and food choices play an important role in preventing tooth decay. A lack of certain nutrients can also make it more difficult for tissues in the mouth to resist infection. To help combat this chronic problem, Presence Covenant partners with the University of Illinois Extension Nutrition Education Program and SmileHealthy to refer patients that visit Presence Covenant’s emergency department with dental problems to a Food and Nutrition Dental Referral Program (FNDRP). This program works to not only treat the current dental problems, but also helps provide a solution to the bigger issue behind tooth decay, which is usually linked to an improper diet.
Through the free FNDRP, patients receive food and nutrition education, dental supplies and a recipe book with low cost, nutritious recipes. When further dental work is needed such as extractions or fillings, the patient is then referred to one of SmileHealthy’s free Mobile Dental Clinics. Since this program started, close to 300 patients made appointments for the Food and Nutrition Dental Referral Program and about 100 patients have been seen.
Even our corporate office, Presence Health, recognized the dental care crisis in Champaign-Urbana. In 2010, Presence Health corporate employees provided a $10,000 grant to Presence Covenant to use for helping the uninsured and under-insured community members gain access to dental care. Presence Covenant presented this grant money to SmileHealthy, which allowed them to provide fillings and extractions to 90 adult patients through their mobile dental clinics.
Presence Covenant Medical Center also provided $10,500 to SmileHealthy to fund seven more mobile dental clinics in 2011. Since 2010, Presence Covenant has funded 18 mobile dental clinics serving approximately 350 uninsured adult patients.
Additionally, Presence Covenant holds an annual dental drive to collect toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss and mouthwash that serve to supplement the supplies given by SmileHealthy at the FNDRP.
Frances Nelson Dental Center
Presence Covenant contributed $50,000 to help build and staff the Frances Nelson Dental Center and have promised an additional $4,000 a year over three years (2010-2012) from the Sister Mary Gabriel Curby fund set-up by the Presence Covenant Foundation. The full time dental clinic is an affordable dental home for children and adults. The Dental Center provides general dental services including dental exams, cleanings, filling cavities, extractions, emergency appointments, school required dental exams, sealants and more. The Frances Nelson Dental Center accepts Medicaid/All Kids and all private dental insurance for payment. Those who don’t have dental insurance may be eligible for reduced fees. For an appointment, call (217) 403-5477.
Curby Fund Partnership
Sister Mary Gabriel Curby exemplified the spirit of the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary and their compassion for the poor. Through the Curby Endowment fund, the hospital foundation has teamed up with Champaign West Rotary and the High School of St. Thomas More to raise funds and pay for a mobile dental clinic. This annual program is designed to fulfill a community service obligation for the high school students, team up with community partners and raise awareness of the need to support the health care needs of the poor.
Overall, PCMC will spend $109,000 from 2010-2012 helping adult dental patients receive the care they need plus sponsors an annual dental drive If you would like to help support our efforts to give all of our community members access to affordable dental care, please consider making a gift to Presence Covenant Foundation at www.presence.org/covenant/give or by calling (217) 337-4714.