Health Affairs’ GrantWatch focuses on Foundation and West Health’s efforts to increase access to dental care for seniors
Health Affairs’ GrantWatch blog today featured a submission from the Gary and Mary West Foundation’s program officer, Vyan Nguyen, M.D., outlining the journey to develop an innovative approach to addressing critical oral healthcare needs for low-income seniors in San Diego.
The Foundation has already invested more than $1 million to create the state-of-the-art Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center, which is scheduled to open later this year and will be an important location for the West Health Institute’s research on coordinating dental care with healthcare and social services for seniors in need. The Senior Dental Center will be integrated within the Senior Wellness Center, providing comprehensive community-based clinical, dental, and social services, all under one roof.
“Every senior visiting the Senior Dental Center will receive a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment designed to evaluate their functional ability and physical, dental, mental, and other socioenvironmental circumstances to ensure they receive the right care at the right time,” said Nguyen, program officer at the Foundation. “Our goal is to ensure that older adults receive the holistic care and services that allow them to stay healthy, regardless of their ability to pay for services.”