Cass Community Health Foundation Provides Teledentistry Despite COVID-19 Barriers
February 4, 2021 | School-Based Health Success Story
Cass Community Health Foundation and their aligned Cass County Dental Clinic (CCDC) serve children in Cass County & Grandview, just south of Kansas City, Missouri. In November 2020, they implemented a school-based teledentistry program through the CCDC upon receiving funding from the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services and Health Forward Foundation.
Despite school closures, social distancing, and other operational challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the team has served 88 students (with Medicaid or no dental insurance) across the Belton & Grandview C-4 school districts.
In addition to growing in popularity in recent years, teledentistry has been a critical service delivery model for oral health providers throughout COVID-19. Using teledentistry equipment, dental hygienists who work in school settings can capture images, videos, and/or x-rays during their visits to schools, allowing the dentist to examine them later to assess and develop a treatment plan. In school-based settings, the dentist may then schedule time to come to the school to provide the necessary care or the student is referred to the provider’s main dental clinic to receive treatment.