Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation Oral Health Clinic

The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation Oral Health Clinic at UAMS opened in January 2013. The clinic has 15 operatories, eight of which will be dedicated to residents. Each operatory is large enough to allow four-handed dentistry whereby an assistant, resident, and faculty member can comfortably be situated around a patient to maximize supervision and enhance the training experience.

The clinic provides comprehensive care and is equipped with a state-of-the-art, fully-electronic health record (EHR). The EHR features an integrated, comprehensive clinical information system that includes templates for entering patient social and medical histories, physical exam findings, plan of care, discharge instructions, lab and radiology test orders and results, and progress notes.

Each resident will have a station complete with desktop PC for EHR documentation. Notes for patient encounters must be entered within 24 hours of the encounter. Dental records are reviewed after each patient encounter for completeness and signed by the attending faculty and resident.

A quarterly Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) session led by the program director will have each resident studying random clinical records to insure compliance with clinical and hospital policies and quality of care. An outcome assessment memo will be generated after each CQI session which will include actionable items for future improvement.

Residents will provide treatment of commonly encountered oral health conditions requiring corrective restoration as well as preventive care. Often times, for patients to be cleared for surgery, it is required that the oral cavity is healthy and poses no threat for infection.

There are several sources of patients that are seen in the oral health clinic. Community dwellers among the underserved strata of the society, including those who cannot afford private practice fees are patients of the clinic. Patients are also UAMS employees, students, and residents. Patients are also referred from the UAMS Dental Hygiene Clinic and other residency programs. The UAMS hospital and clinics refer various patients to the oral health clinic. Local dentists refer their patients with complex medical histories. Patients seen by the on-call resident for emergency care will be encouraged to return to the oral health clinic for comprehensive care.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital Dental Clinic

ACH has a long-standing and highly respected dental service, with a multidisciplinary approach to a complex pediatric patient population. Their faculty consists of a variety of dental specialists providing inpatient and outpatient care beyond those experiences found in the Oral Health Clinic.

The clinic has 19 individual treatment rooms to provide comprehensive pediatric dental care for infants, children and young adolescents with significant medical and/or developmental problems.

UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center

This is a student-led, interprofessional center which provides services from the UAMS Colleges of Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and the Graduate School. The center provides information for healthy living, preventive care focused on heart health, and consultations and screenings for chronic health conditions. All services are provided free of charge in order to benefit the community and provide an educational experience for UAMS students.

The UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center will provide patient- and family-centered services to:

  • Prevent and improve chronic health conditions
  • Provide health- and disease-related education
  • Promote health literacy
  • Foster interprofessional education in a community setting
  • Facilitate collaborative practice skills among future healthcare practitioners
  • Promote respect for cultural differences

The center currently sees an underserved population. Residents will treat these dental patients and provide a much needed service for the community. Supervising faculty will be on site when residents are in the clinic.

Website: http://healthon12th.uams.edu/

Harmony Health Clinic

Harmony Health Clinic is a free medical and dental clinic located in Little Rock, AR.  The clinic provides routine health care to local residents whose income does not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and are currently medically uninsured ad between the ages of 13 and 64.

Harmony Health Clinic’s mission is to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the medically uninsured and underserved who live in Central Arkansas, by providing access to quality medical care at no cost to these patients in a private, community-based clinic, staffed by volunteer professionals and marked by a unique atmosphere of caring, compassion, respect, dignity, and diversity.

While our community continues to grow and prosper, there are many among us who, for various reasons, are either left out of the healthcare system or seem to simply fall through the cracks.

The General Practice Residents will provide quality dental treatment to these patients and will engage in community service.

Website:  http://www.harmonyclinicar.org