Zufall Health Improves Dental Care for Warren County Children
Dover, N.J. — Zufall Health, a nonprofit community health center operating in north and central New Jersey, has successfully been working with Warren County health professionals and community organizations to reduce the incidence of dental disease in the county’s under-served children.
Through a grant funded by The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Zufall has implemented a program of oral health education, professional training, and advocacy activities that has improved access to preventive services and regular treatment for high-risk children.
“In just our first year of this project, our enhanced collaborative relationships throughout the county have enabled us to exceed our expectations in identifying and helping these children,” said Dr. Sam Wakim, Zufall’s chief dental officer.
Partnering with pediatricians, school and public health nurses, and other health professionals, Zufall offers training in oral health education, preventive and screening techniques, fluoride application and rinses, and patient referral processes. Its advocacy efforts include outreach to pediatricians, oral health and other health professionals, public health and school nurses, and community organizations to provide oral health education and promote referrals, preventive services, and treatment. Patients are encouraged to make Zufall’s dental office at 117 Seber Road (Doctor’s Park Building #5) their dental home where they can receive needed dental services at an affordable cost.
Zufall’s work on this program in Warren County will continue for another year.
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the philanthropic arm of Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey, supports organizations that make New Jersey healthier. Since its formation in 2004, the Foundation has awarded more than 1,200 grants and more than $44 million in support of non-profit organizations that have improved public health and the quality of life in New Jersey.