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Los Angeles, CA - The Faison and Faison APDC has received a grant from L.A. Care Health Plan to provide comprehensive dental treatment to special needs children and adults, including those living in licensed residential facilities.
L.A. Care is the nation’s largest public health plan serving residents of Los Angeles County through a variety of programs including Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and Healthy Kids. Currently, the plan has nearly 800,000 enrolled members.
This grant was part of L.A. Care’s Oral Health Initiative, which launched in 2003 in response to the high prevalence of oral disease, especially among children, in Los Angeles County. The gift to the Faison and Faison was part of $2.1 million in grants given by L.A. Care and First Five L.A. – a California state initiative that funds services directed at children under five years of age – to 16 clinics that offer free and low-cost dental services for low-income children and adults.
L.A. Care’s support will be directed towards outreach for the Faison and Faison Children’s Dentistry program, which provides oral health services to underserved and low-income children and adults with special needs. The program, part of the Faison and Faison’s APDC community outreach, includes dental sealants, oral examinations, dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, and referrals for treatment of existing dental diseases.
“For kids who are at risk for dental decay and have limited or no access to dental care – fluoride varnish, and dental sealants can prevent the cascade of problems that can result from tooth decay,” says Dentist Alphonso Faison, of the Faison and Faison Children’s Dental Clinic. “Many people don’t realize that oral diseases have a significant impact on a person’s overall health and well-being.”
Dr. Jari Faison explains, “L.A. Care understands that oral health is a vital part of any child’s overall health; especially those who are underserved, such as children and adults with special needs. Their support is critical to our continued outreach and success.”
About Faison & Faison, Inc. Faison & Faison Inc. is a community dental facility, serving children, adults and the special needs population. Located at 411 S. Long Beach Blvd., Compton, CA 90221. For more information, please call (310) 537-2217.
About L.A. Care Health Plan L.A. Care Health Plan is a community-accountable health plan serving Los Angeles County residents through a variety of programs, including Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, and L.A. Care’s Healthy Kids. L.A. Care is a leader in developing new programs through innovative partnerships designed to provide health coverage to vulnerable populations and to support the safety net. With nearly 800,000 members, L.A. Care is the nation’s largest public health plan. For more information, please visit www.lacare.org.