Dental care is one of the most neglected areas of healthcare in the United States, according to the CDC. A quarter of US adults have untreated tooth decay and nearly half of all US adults have signs of gum disease. In Georgia alone, only 60% of residents have visited the dentist in the last year. Those on low incomes, from a racial/ethnic minority group, or with limited access to care are even more likely to suffer from poor oral health. To increase access to critical dental services and improve the oral health of underserved and rural Georgians, Kare Mobile and Amerigroup Georgia have partnered to provide much-needed access to dental care in areas across Georgia where Amerigroup members often have difficulty finding a dentist.
“Dental health is key to a person’s overall well-being. We believe there is an urgent need for balanced oral health care in rural and low-income communities,” said Dr. Arlita Jackson, DMD, Dental Director for Georgia, Kare Mobile. “We are pleased to be working with Amerigroup to help resolve the issue.”
Amerigroup donated two custom dental vans that Kare Mobile Inc. will use to travel across the state. Working in partnership with local dentists and hygienists, these mobile services provide preventive and restorative dental care and promote the lifelong benefits of good periodontal health and care. In addition, the transporters are equipped for extractions, crowns, partial dentures and dentures. The fully operational Kare Mobile Inc. treatment carts will receive patients later in February.
“Amerigroup is committed to closing the health care gaps of our members through innovative access programs,” said Mel Lindsey, President of Amerigroup Georgia. “Through our partnership with Kare Mobile Inc., we want to ensure that all of our members, regardless of their location or circumstance, receive the dental care they need to ensure positive health outcomes, lower their medical costs, and an overall higher quality to experience life.”
To celebrate the launch of this partnership, tours of the two custom dental carts were conducted Tuesday as part of a food distribution event at Amerigroup’s Community Service Center in Atlanta.
About Kare Mobile
Kare Mobile is a dental services organization focused on innovation in a direct-to-consumer oral care product delivery model. Our proprietary technology and systems are designed to eliminate dental waste and establish a more equitable oral health model for the world. Kare Mobile Inc. provides quality, innovative and accessible dental services nationwide.
Visit https://www.kare.mobi for more information.
About Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia
Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia helps improve access and quality of healthcare for more than 600,000 low-income Georgians by developing innovative care management programs and services.
Members are assured of care that is not only accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated and patient-centred. Amerigroup Georgia provides ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage members to be actively involved in their health care needs. Health education programs empower members to choose and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
For more information about Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia, visit www.myamerigroup.com/ga.