First Federally Qualified Health Center Dental Clinic in the Antelope Valley
“S. Mark Taper Foundation Dental Clinic”
Lancaster, CA –December 10, 2010 – The Antelope Valley Community Clinic (AVCC) recently received a grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation for $200,000. These funds were used to complete construction on a full service Dental Clinic for the uninsured and underinsured in the Antelope Valley which spans over 2,000 square miles.
The Antelope Valley Community Clinic Health and Wellness Center is a 15,000 square-foot facility that will serve as the primary space for clinical services including Pre-Natal/OB, Pediatrics, Family Medicine and Adult and Children’s Dental Clinic. It will also provide space for Education and Prevention Classes and house the administrative offices for Antelope Valley Community Clinic and Antelope Valley Partners for Health.
The Dental Clinic will provide restorative and preventative services for children and adults. No one will be refused care because of their inability to pay. Fees are based on the patients or families income. The clinic has 6 operatories, a full dental lab and X-Ray facilities. It is located within the Health and Wellness Center to provide for one stop care for the entire family from pre-natal care to pediatric care, immunizations, physicals, disease management (diabetes, asthma, etc), geriatric care and of course dental care for all ages. The Dental Clinic is expected to provide up to 5,000 visits in 2011.
The AVCC is the first Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike (“Look-Alike” mean that it must comply with the same eligibility and compliance requirements as a full FQHC but does not receive an annual grant) located in and serving the Antelope Valley. The FQHC designation allows AVCC to provide quality care at an affordable price based on a patient’s income.
In addition to the S. Mark Taper Foundation Grant this capital project has also been funded with grants from The Ahmanson Foundation, The Ralph M. Parson’s Foundation, The County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services and The Weingart Foundation.
The mission of the AVCC is to enhance the well-being of the community by providing comprehensive high-quality health care services including prevention and education with special emphasis on the medically underserved and low-income populations. AVCC’s goal is to significantly expand access to primary care, dental care, disease management, prevention and educational services.
In less than 3 years AVCC will have gone from providing 3,200 visits a year to 25,000 visits by the end of 2010 and 50,000 by the end of 2011.
For additional information or to schedule an appointment call 661.942.2391.