The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) will soon have a new dental van to bring dentistry to people with disabilities in the Hudson Valley region who are not able to visit a dentist’s office. The organization’s existing dental van will be replaced with a more modern, fully equipped vehicle as the result of a $376,826 grant from the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program.
“By replacing our aged mobile dental clinic, we hope to be able to serve up to 30 more individuals per week, provide more consistent and reliable scheduling of visits and better meet the complex dental care needs of this population,” said Susan Fox, president and CEO of WIHD.
On-site dental treatment decreases patient transportation costs while helping to avoid the complications of poor dental health. In addition to the van, WIHD has a dental center on its Valhalla campus offering a complete range of specialized dental services and ongoing care for people with disabilities.