By David Burger April 15, 2020 ADA News
A North Carolina oral health coalition, in collaboration with multiple state partners, has developed an interactive map to help guide the public to sites where emergency dental services are available throughout the Tar Heel State both during and after the COVID-19 outbreak.
The North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative, a program of the nonprofit Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation, developed the North Carolina Oral Health Access Map in an effort to mitigate an anticipated surge in emergency department visits for nontraumatic dental problems during the pandemic.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vitally important that accessible resources are provided to our state’s most vulnerable populations,” said Dr. Zachary Brian, director of the collaborative. “It is key to remember that access disparities are particularly highlighted during times of crises.”
The interactive map spotlights 121 safety-net sites that offer emergency care, allowing users to pinpoint the center they live closest to.