Free Clinic receives grant from Patterson Foundation

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received a $5,000 grant from the Patterson Foundation to help fund its oral health program. The program served low-income, uninsured children and adults through 1,255 visits in fiscal year 2016-17. The clinic provides dental services at its location at the Jim Parsley Center and in its mobile dental van at Clark County schools and community-sponsored events. Dental volunteers fill cavities and screen, seal and varnish children’s teeth. Dental care for adults includes extractions, fillings, the repair of broken teeth and pain relief. Without the Free Clinic, many of these patients would seek care in highly expensive hospital emergency rooms.