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When Diane Sawyer and ABC News recently covered the access to care issue in America, they turned to Dr. Frank Catalanotto, a member of Sarrell’s board of directors for insight.

Dental battles in North Carolina heat up as different sides seek best practices in dentistry; meanwhile, Sarrell Dental is cited again as a model for successful oral healthcare reform.

If you want to understand the meaning of standing up for nonprofit values, look no further than the Sarrell Dental Clinics of Alabama…

Governor Bentley and a handful of other state leaders made the trip to Anniston Thursday to tour the Sarrell Dental Clinic, a nonprofit clinic that serves Medicaid patients at a per-visit cost well below the average.

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.

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.

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.