CVHN expands its mission

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
‘Just for Grins’ Mobile Dental Clinic in front of the CVHN Dental Clinic in Santa Rosa Beach.

In its ninth year of serving the local community, Children’s Volunteer Health Network continues to expand its mission of enhancing the lives of uninsured and underinsured school-aged children in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. This summer, ‘Just for Grins’ Mobile Dental Clinic will stop at local partner agencies to ensure CVHN is reaching as many local children in need as possible.   

To ensure all local kids are healthy and happy, the Mobile Dental Clinic will make its way to partner agencies and organizations to visit kids participating in their programs who may not have access to dental care.

“Ensuring each of our local children are happy and healthy is our goal," said Zach Billingsley, CVHN executive director, “By partnering with agencies such as Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Children In Crisis, Shelter House, the YMCA, S4PSynergy and others, we can work together to help children in need.”

During the school year, ‘Just for Grins’ travels to elementary schools in Walton County and sees children in first through fourth grades who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. Since 2008, more than 4,300 children have been treated on the Mobile Dental Clinic resulting in more than $1.6 million in free dental services for their families. CVHN’s other programs include the Healthcare Referral Program which helps with medical, vision and mental health services and the CVHN Dental Clinic which is a state-of-the-art, full service clinic in Santa Rosa Beach seeing school-aged children from Okaloosa and Walton Counties who are uninsured or underinsured and also accepts Medicaid. As of May 2014, CVHN has facilitated more than 46,000 medical, dental, vision and mental health care procedures for over 7,000 local children since inception in 2005 resulting in over $3.4 million in free services for these families.