The Need and The People We Serve
The Clinic serves a rural population with the following barriers to dental care:
- Higher rates of poverty; based on US census data, over 17,000 low-income residents of this region would financially qualify for our Clinic's services
- Larger percentage of elderly population
- Geographic isolation
- Lack of adequate transportation
- Lower dental insurance rates
- Acute provider shortages
Such inequities in access have and will continue to perpetuate disparities in oral health outcomes unless systemic changes are made.
The Clinic's comprehensive dental services are available to residents of Jackson, Macon, Swain, Transylvania and Haywood counties with income of 200% of FPL at absolutely no cost. 39% of the Clinic’s patients are Jackson County residents with a large percentage from our Cashiers community. They are our essential workers, our elderly, our veterans—our neighbors.