Church Health Services Awarded Grant For Dentistry Program

(Beaver Dam) Church Health Services of Beaver Dam is the recipient of a nearly $200,000 grant from the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation.  Tina Crave, President and CEO of the foundation, along with Office and Grants Coordinator Andi Merfeld visited Church Health Services Tuesday to award the grant and tour the facility.  Crave spoke to the impact of the funds stating the purpose of the grant is to invest in innovative approaches that create healthy individuals and families and environments that make it easy for people to make healthy choices.

The grant will allow Church Health to expand their current dental staff of one full-time and one part-time dentist.  Bev Beal-Loeck, Community Relations Coordinator for CHS, says the addition of another full-time dentist will be a huge help to the organizations mission. She says knowing what patient’s schedules look like so having an additional dentist will allow them to help even more children and people, and prevent some of the dental problems they are seeing currently in patients who don’t get early dental care.

Church Health Services is one of two facilities receiving this grant alongside Community Dental Clinic in Fort Atkinson. Beal-Loeck says the funds are intended to help to make an impact in the lives of the nearly 11,000 children in Dodge and Jefferson counties on Medicaid who currently have limited or no dental care access.