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Only half of Medicaid-enrolled children get dental services in Alabama. Sarrell Dental, the state’s largest nonprofit dental practice, is aiming to change that. The overwhelming majority of its patients are children who are Medicaid and CHIP-eligible, and the organization anticipates serving 100,000 kids by year’s end.

One of the many rural Alabama areas in need of more dental health providers, Heflin might soon receive relief in the form of a new dental practice. But the area is still far behind in meeting standards for the dental health of its residents.

Representatives from the University of Florida, which operates two clinics that serve low-income patients similar to Sarrell, visited the Anniston nonprofit last week to learn its business practices, which they will in turn apply to one of their clinics to make it more efficient.

Brenda Chapman, Health Disability Service Coordinator at the Chandler Mountain Center reached out to Sarrell Dental Center in Attalla, AL. and met with the office manager for recruitment of dental services. Brenda states, “Soon, I was in contact by several employees from Sarrell Dental center offering their assistance to our children.” Sarrell is a non- profit organization, which offers dental services for children ages 1-20.

Three years after recession took hold of the nation, Alabama has had a hard time dealing with the consequences. A report released last week details 10 statistics illustrating that consequences may be even more difficult for the state’s children.

The worsening statistics, including infant mortality rate, the number of low-birthweight babies, teen death rate, rising rates of child poverty and single-parent families, are affected by the economy, because many are problems associated with poverty.

The nonprofit Sarrell Dental Clinic has faced challenges since it was formed in 2005, but the recession does not appear to be one of them.

With the sluggish economy hurting private dental practices, the Anniston-based Sarrell is experiencing a boom in dentists looking for extra work, allowing the clinic to expand operations and continue its mission to serve more needy children around the state.

Calhoun County life expectancy is ranked similarly to developing countries, according to a new report.

The Nonprofit Quarterly weighs in and asks, “Any other nonprofits out there, health or otherwise, finding themselves under attack from for-profits due to implicit or explicit fears of nonprofit competition?”

Children with toothaches, or who simply need a good, old-fashioned dental cleaning, don’t have time to fret over legislative compromises or professional posturing. They just need help.

A nonprofit dental clinic in Alabama said it will drop its lawsuit against the state’s dental association in the wake of legislation that clarifies the clinic’s legal status. “The passage of our bill is a huge victory for the children …

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