Sarrell Dental Clinic in Anniston could soon be recognized as the most innovative health care model in the world by an international nonprofit and receive $35,000 for its efforts.

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The new vision for health care isn’t just about access, quality and affordability. It’s also about social and financial inclusion. That was one of the key messages presented at last week’s Ashoka Future Forum, an event that brought together more than 400 innovators, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and members of the media to discuss potential solutions to pressing social challenges.

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The former Alabama basketball player Andrew Steele has accepted a job as a community outreach manager for Sarrell Dental, an Anniston-based non-profit organization that benefits economically disadvantaged children.

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released a highly positive report of an exhaustive assessment of the Sarrell Dental model for innovative health care improvements.

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“Sarrell Dental works wonders, having served more than 400,000 patients without complaint to the Alabama Board of Dental Examiners.”
So writes John Converse Townsend in an article at Forbes.com, Disruptive Innovation: A Prescription For Better Health Care.

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“Sarrell Dental & Eye Centers has done something that many in the U.S. health industry thought was impossible—providing dental care to children covered by Medicaid, while running a sustainable business and lowering the cost of care to the government.”

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Dental leaders from across the U.S. will visit Sarrell Dental Center this week as part of the National Oral Health Conference taking place in Huntsville, AL.

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The worldwide dental profession will gather in Athens on Monday, April 22 to visit Sarrell Dental Centers. Dental faculty from Harvard, Columbia, Penn, UCLA, among many others will visit to learn firsthand from a local company that was prominently featured on PBS Frontline in its 2012 documentary, “Dollars and Dentists.”

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Ahsoka Changemakers announced today two early winners in their Transforming Health Systems competition: Sarrell Dental Centers and Clinicas de Azucar. According to Ashoka, “They represent the top innovative business models submitted before the early entry deadline to the Transforming Health …

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From 2006 to 2011, more than a quarter of Chicago’s low-cost dental clinics were shut, according to a 30-page white paper released Thursday by the Chicago Dental Society. The report details how the local availability of dental treatment has declined for the neediest patients, leading to what one dentist calls a “perfect storm of an oral health crisis.”

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