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March 2017 Entry

Access to dental care for the underserved

Nancy Mendez
El Centro · California
Overview
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Many individuals don't have proper access to dental care due to high costs of services. We aim to make dental care more accessible and eliminate that "gap" in health care for low-income children, adults, and veterans in the Coachella Valley and Imperial County. We intend to provide exceptional dental services for free to those in great need.

How will you use the $10k?

If awarded, the $10,000 would be used to obtain dental supplies/lab equipment for the new SAGE Dental clinic in Coachella Valley.

What impact do you hope to make?

SAGE is committed to the relentless pursuit of creating a healthier, happier, and more economically stable local community by improving the quality of people's lives. We hope to achieve this by dramatically improving people's number one asset, their smile.

Other Details

- We will secure additional funding to open the first SAGE Dental clinic in Coachella Valley by summer 2017.
- Set opening date & hire/recruit dental staff/volunteers.
- Market & recruit patients county wide in need of dental services.
- We estimate to be servicing those in need 5-6 days a week, 52 weeks a year, approximately 15,000 dental appointments a year.

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