West Virginia Health Right’s free mobile dental health clinic made its first stop in Logan County Tuesday.
Coalfield Health Center, located on Airport Road in Chapmanville, hosted the clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27 in its parking lot. The center will be the location for the stops made by Health Right in Logan.
Kristin Dial, executive director for the Coalfield Health Center, said the center has had multiple calls since the clinic was announced last month.
“They’re servicing adults on Medicare, really an adult population that has been underserviced with no access to dental care,” Dial said. “Kids usually have some kind of dental insurance, but there is a large adult population with no dental coverage.”
The dental crew will visit each county twice a month to offer free fillings, extractions and cleanings to uninsured and Medicaid-insured adults with no dental coverage.
“On average they’ll have 22 patients running through with cleanings and dentistry work on a full day,” Dial said.
A dentist from Marshall University, a dental hygienist, dental assistant and driver from Health Right, will bring the clinic to McDowell, Logan, Boone, Clay, Roane and Harrison counties officially beginning July 17. Dial said the June 27 visit was a test run for the clinic in the area.
“We’re a federally qualified health center,” Dial said. “We have a lot of the underserved population so we identified a need. A lot of our patients were driving to Health Right over an hour away. That’s what keyed Angie (Settle), the CEO of Health Right, in.”
The clinic was unveiled May 24 in Charleston. Inside there are three chairs so two dentists and a hygienist can service patients at the same time.
To register for appointments at any of the stops, contact the following people: Cindy at Community Care of West Virginia in Clay County, 304-587-7301; Trella at Health Access in Harrison County, 304-622-2708; Teresa, mobile dental coordinator for West Virginia Health Right in Roane and McDowell counties, 304-414-5944; Louis or Megan at Coalfield Health Center in Logan County, 304-855-1200; the referral clerk at Boone Memorial Hospital in Boone County, 304-369-1230.