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CF, Marion County Dental Clinic Earn Model Practice Award

July 31, 2014

The College of Central Florida and the Marion County Dental Clinic received one of 22 national Model Practice Awards for increasing access to dental health care for underserved populations.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials presented the award to the Florida Department of Health at its July 9 annual conference. The CF-Marion County partnership was selected from 71 applicants.

By collaborating with the college, the dental clinic was able to expand from two cramped stations housed at the main Marion County Health Department facility to eight treatment areas, plus room for other services, at the CF Hampton Center, 1501 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala.

The collaboration gives students in the college’s Dental Assisting program an opportunity to refine their dental assisting skills while helping treat the area’s underserved population with dental services.

“It is a wonderful learning experience for our students that establishes the importance of community service and giving back,” said Deanna Stentiford, CF associate dean of Health Sciences.

NACCHO, which represents the nation's 2,800 local governmental health departments, has honored local initiatives with its Model Practice program for more than a decade. All model practices are cataloged in an online, searchable database in areas ranging from immunization and maternal and child health to infectious diseases and emergency preparedness.

To find out more about the dental clinic at the CF Hampton Center, and to find out if you qualify for services, call 352-622-2664 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. 

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