Waukesha, Wis. — A new dental clinic for medically underserved people living in Waukesha County and the surrounding area is now open in Menomonee Falls.
Funded by a $1.65 million investment from the Froedtert & MCW health network announced in November 2017, the new clinic in the Falls Plaza II on Appleton Avenue provides basic and restorative dental services and oral health education to low-income children, adults and seniors.
“Less than a year after we announced our plans for this clinic, we are bringing much needed dental care to this community,” said Renee Ramirez, executive director of the Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic. “We provide more than 900 appointments a month at our Barstow Street location in Waukesha and see the need to expand our footprint every single day. Having a clinic here will make a tremendous difference.”
Ramirez said access to dental care has been consistently identified as the top unmet need in Waukesha County by health experts and community leaders. The new full-time clinic has six chairs and is expected to serve about 3,500 people annually, doubling the Community Dental Clinic’s current capacity and drawing patients from southern Washington County and northwestern Milwaukee County as well as Waukesha County. In addition to clinic staff, local dentists volunteer their time to treat patients.
The investment by the Froedtert & MCW health network renovated a vacant office suite into the gleaming new clinic, which began seeing patients Aug. 1.
“Our decision to support a community dental clinic was data-driven, based on gaps identified in a community health needs assessment,” said Cathy Jacobson, president and chief executive officer of Froedtert Health. “We also know dental health is closely tied to overall health, and has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer. This clinic will have a real and lasting impact on the health of people in our community.”
Ramirez said, “We are deeply grateful for the financial support we have received and hope others will step in to help us continue our mission to make dental care affordable and accessible.” She said Delta Dental of Wisconsin, the Patterson Foundation and the Greater Menomonee Falls Foundation also contributed to the project.
About the Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic
The Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic (WCCDC) was established in 2007 (and began operations in 2008). The mission of the WCCDC is to improve the dental health of low-income Waukesha County residents through preventive and restorative treatment, oral health education, and advocacy. The WCCDC is the only full-time safety net dental facility in Waukesha County that serves low-income, uninsured and underinsured children and adults, including those with special health needs. Over the past nine years, the WCCDC has provided more than $13 million in dental care to more than 13,000 patients. WCCDC continues to lead efforts in the community to reach children and families who do not have access to regular dental care. In April 2015, the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry awarded the WCCDC an exclusive grant awarded to only two dental clinics in the nation. The WCCDC has been acknowledged by the nation’s highest pediatric dental organization as setting the standard by which other dental clinics that serve children in need are measured. In October 2015, the WCCDC was awarded the Waukesha County Executive Large Nonprofit of the Year Award for its outstanding contribution to addressing access to dental care for low-income individuals in Waukesha County. For more information, visit wccdentalclinic.org.