American Dental Association recognizes VINA

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The American Dental Association has recognized the VINA Community Dental Center of Livingston County as a model emergency dental program.

VINA — a non-profit outreach facility founded in 2008 — provides affordable dental care and quality dental education to Livingston County residents with limited finances, improving quality of life through better oral health, promoting dental care seeking behaviors, and elevating prevention awareness. VINA treats over 1,500 patients annually from their facility at 400 E. Grand River Ave. in Brighton.

VINA Board Vice President Dr. Ronald Paler, Executive Director Barbara Colley, and Marketing and Development Director Jim Gilmore gave a webinar presentation to several hundred ADA members regarding the emergency dental referral program VINA has developed and implemented with local hospital emergency rooms and urgent care facilities.

Carlos Jones, Coordinator, Action for Dental Health for the ADA commented,

“We’re glad there are folks like VINA out there helping people and creating change in their community,” said Carlos Jones of the American Dental Association.

VINA receives and treats over 150 emergency dental cases each year. This partnership allows local emergency rooms and urgent care facilities to allocate their resources more effectively and grows the patient population of VINA.

VINA stands for Vision, Integrity, Need, and Action.

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