GSC funding expands dental program for uninsured and underinsured residents of St. Catharines

January 12, 2016

Quest Community Health Centre established the Volunteer Dental Program to provide dental services to uninsured and underinsured residents of St. Catharines, Ontario. In addition to providing necessary dental care, the goal is to help patients transition to mainstream dental services while also helping them address other issues like housing, food security, and chronic disease management. As a navigator, as the program’s name suggests, it not only helps bridge the gap between a patient’s dental needs and the services available to them, but also other needs and social services. The program has a community oral health navigator who—whether related to dental services or other needs—leverages available resources, advocates for in-kind services, and works with patients to remove barriers to accessing services. GSC funding will help expand the dental program so that more people get the help they need using dental services as the gateway to navigate to services that promote overall health and well-being. For more information, please call Quest Community Health Centre at 905.688.2558.