Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health is helping the community in multiple ways thanks to support from Delta Dental of Arizona.
First in 2021, Delta Dental of Arizona partnered with NOAH and HonorHealth Foundation to fund expert emergency dental treatment at NOAH for uninsured patients who visit HonorHealth emergency departments with dental issues.
NOAH has four dental clinics, including Palomino Health Center located at 16251 N. Cave Creek Road in 85032, Heuser Health Center at 301 E. 2nd Street in 85251 and Cholla Health Care Center at 11130 E. Cholla Street in 85259.
The new Delta Dental of Arizona Dental Connect program is made possible by a $525,000 donation by Delta Dental, according to a press release.
“Patients experiencing a dental crisis usually come to the emergency department as a last resort, and with at least one — and usually more — dental issues. These issues can be causing severe pain, impacting other areas of a patient’s health, and probably interfering with their day-to-day life,” said Wendy Armendariz, NOAH chief executive officer.
“Through Dental Connect, when an uninsured patient checks into an HonorHealth emergency room and presents with a dental emergency, facial pain or other related oral health issue, he or she will be referred to the appropriate NOAH dental staff member for care.”
According to Ms. Armendariz, NOAH will then set a virtual triage appointment for the patient with a dentist, typically within 24 hours. After the triage appointment, NOAH will schedule the appointment at one of its four local dental clinics (Cholla Health Center, Desert Mission Health Center, Palomino Health Center and Heuser Pediatric Dental) to begin the emergency dental work. Because transportation can keep some people from receiving the care they need, DDAZ will also fund transportation costs for Dental Connect patients, the press release stated.
“Delta Dental of Arizona, NOAH and HonorHealth are working together so that uninsured patients with dental emergencies are addressed quickly and with the highest level of care,” said Allan Allford, DDAZ president and chief executive officer. “Our driving force is to improve lives by promoting optimal oral health. By partnering with such like-minded healthcare leaders, we continue to make strides toward this vision, especially as it relates to what can be a vulnerable population in our community. We are all in this together.”
Beyond this, NOAH has been named among the IMPACT grant awardees by the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation. Nonprofits that were invited to apply for these grants provide oral health services and education to over 650 children, pregnant women or seniors and have a proven record of fiscal and reporting responsibility.
The resulting grant in the amount of $100,000 over two years supports Smiles for Kids, which is a school-based, oral health education and screening program provided to children in schools and community events in Title 1 schools in the Scottsdale Public School District and Paradise Valley School District. This program promotes the importance of oral health for school readiness and effective learning.