Reading and Beyond was selected in January 2017 to participate in a pilot project to increase Denti-Cal access and utilization for low income children ages 0-20 in Fresno County. Also known as the Statewide Dental Transformation Initiative (DTI), our Local Dental Pilot Project (LDPP) employs Health Outreach workers to contact families and connect them directly with dental appointments. Workers regularly attend community health fairs and events to recruit and inform families. Families also have access to an easy to use 800 number that will connect directly with a Health Outreach worker. The program also offers incentives and support for dentists who accept Denti-Cal patients.
This program is administered through the Fresno County Public Health Department and supported by many organizational partners, including Fresno County Exonomic Opportunity Commission, Fresno Unified School District, the Fresno Madera Dental Society, and a number of other community leaders and organizations.
Since it's launch in July of 2017, LDPP has reached over 1,200 familes. The infographic below provides a 6-month update on the program.