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Columbus Neighborhood Health Center

Columbus Neighborhood Health Center, Westside Dental Clinic

On September 22, 2009, Columbus Neighborhood Health Center (CNHC), in cooperation and partnership with the City of Columbus and the Franklin County Commissioners, opened the Westside Health Center. CNHC's commitment to high-quality service, personal patient care, and access to state-of-the-art technology enables them to remain the fastest growing urban health center in central Ohio. The agency is dedicated to improving the quality of life by providing access to primary healthcare, dental and vision services, nutrition planning, diabetes education, and other specialty medical services for the entire family within their own neighborhood. As is true with the other four health centers under the Columbus Neighborhood umbrella, the Westside Health Center Dental Clinic is located in a culturally and economically diverse community. In dental health professional shortage terms it is called the Franklinton/ Greater Hilltop neighborhood; the locals just call it “Hilltop.” Westside Health Center draws from neighborhoods where 73% of the patients are of Hispanic ethnicity, speak limited English and all require dental care.

Today the well-equipped dental clinic is powering up to serve the growing needs of West Columbus. There are eight operatories available for a full-time dentist, two full-time dental assistants and two part-time dental hygienists. Annother dentist working at the CNHC Eastside Health Center also works one day each week as needed at the Westside clinic. Additionally, beginning in July 2011, three Pediatric Dentist Fellows from the Ohio State University (OSU) began rotating daily through the clinic providing dental services for children who have severe dental disease. And finally, as of August 1, 2011, senior dental students from OSU are providing clinical services as part of the OHIO (Oral Health Improvement through Outreach) Project, initially funded by a Robert Wood Johnson grant. The project requires that by the end of the fourth year in dental school, each student will have spent at least 50 days of their clinical education in community-based sites providing services to an underserved population. The dental staff provides services for adults and children which include preventive exams, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings and extractions. Necessary root canals are performed only on the front teeth.

The Westside Dental Clinic is located at 2300 West Broad Street in Columbus. Their hours of operation are Monday 7:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Friday 7:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The clinic will see patients with dental emergencies between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday on a first-come, first-served, walk-in basis. CNHC accepts Medicaid, private insurance and offers a sliding fee to those who qualify.

For more information call 614-859-1830 or login to their website at http://www.colnhc.org/.

Staff at Columbus Neighborhood Health Center Staff at Columbus Neighborhood Health Center

September 2011

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