The dental care provided at Battle Ground HealthCare relies on licensed dental professionals who volunteer their time to help care for patients. The organization works to eliminate barriers to health care by providing services for free to those in need.
The five clinics at Battle Ground HealthCare represent a new partnership with Clark College — one both organizations hope will continue.
“I absolutely think (this partnership) will continue … and expand into something more,” said Kristi Taylor, department chair and program director of dental hygiene at Clark College. “The dental hygiene program as a whole values working with the community and providing that care wherever we can.”
While this is the first year the clinics are being offered, there is a good chance it will become an annual event. Not only does it help Clark College dental hygiene students get hands-on experience in a clinic, it also allows Battle Ground HealthCare to expand its capacity and see some patients more often than otherwise able to.
To learn more about Battle Ground HealthCare visit bghealthcare.org. To learn more about the dental hygiene program at Clark College, visit clark.edu/academics/programs/health-care-and-biosciences/dental/index.php.