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CommunityHealth Nov12It’s that time of year when people start making plans for the new year. We set goals, and outline our plans for achieving them. CommunityHealth is Illinois’s largest volunteer-based medical facility providing free care for the uninsured, but it’s just the same as you and me. 

Leaders outlined their goals for CommunityHealth’s two dental clinics a few weeks ago:

  • Provide 2,500 visits at two locations: Englewood and West Town
  • Cultivate health education relationships, such as through participation in CommunityHealth Diabetes Day and Oral Health Month (May) programming
  • Continue an ongoing dental ER reduction project
  • Track, monitor and report on treatment completion rates.
  • Identify high-risk patients whose oral health is complicated by diabetes, cancer treatment, mental health medications (which might cause dry mouth), and wound healing issues.
  • Recruit 50 percent more dentist volunteers (they currently have 18)
  • Recruit 100 percent more hygienist volunteers (they currently have 4)
  • Recruit 50 percent more dental assistants (they currently have 12).

 CommunityHealth is proud to have served 32,000 uninsured men, women and children since its founding in 1993 – but think of what they can do if they attain those last three goals. Volunteers can sign up for as little as one four-hour shift per month.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at the West Town or Englewood dental clinics, contact CommunityHealth’s Kelly Tondini at 773.969.5923 or



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