Expanding access to essential care

The Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) awarded $300,000 in 2018 to Great Lakes Bay Health Centers (GLBHC) to expand its 15-chair Wadsworth Dental Center in Saginaw, Michigan.

The dental center is located across from a bus transportation center and adjacent to the health center, which makes access convenient for patients.

Saginaw is designated as a dental and health professional shortage area, and GLBHC is one of only a few clinics in the area that accepts Medicaid and offers a sliding fee scale for uninsured patients. The expanded dental facility can provide preventive and restorative care to more than 10,000 low-income and uninsured patients annually.

The DDF also has partnered with GLBHC on a number of other projects, including equipping clinics in Bad Axe and Owosso, Michigan, and funding the purchase of a new mobile dental clinic.

GLBHC serves 48,000 patients annually and is the second largest of the 42 Michigan health center organizations.