PASADENA, California —Pasadena celebrates the opening of the first, city-operated public health dental clinic in California during a special Open House event beginning at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 24 at the City’s Public Health Department, 1845 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
First District City Councilmember Jacque Robinson and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich are scheduled to be keynote speakers. The public is invited to the Open House celebration and to tour the new clinic.
The City of Pasadena Michael D. Antonovich Dental Clinic is a brand new, state-of-the-art facility to help improve access to oral health services for HIV-positive persons. Services will eventually be expanded to the homeless, seniors, young children and other underserved populations in Pasadena and the Greater San Gabriel Valley area.
Pasadena is one of three city public health departments, in addition to Long Beach and Berkeley. While some county health departments maintain dental services, this is the first municipal-based clinic in California.
The Pasadena Public Health Department received more than $795,000 to establish the new dental clinic, including $365,387 from Supervisor Antonovich’s Office; $358,625 for operating costs from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Division of HIV/STD Programs (Ryan White Funding); $40,000 from the Pasadena Community Foundation Center; $30,000 from the Patron Saints Foundation and $1,500 from Pastor Eisenlord with Good Shepherd Church in Pasadena. Additional assistance came from the City's Community Development Block Grant program.
The dental clinic will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., alternating Fridays. Services are free or at reduced fees for income-qualified patients.
The Pasadena Public Health Department has been serving the greater Pasadena area for more than 120 years. For more information about the City of Pasadena Michael D. Antonovich Dental Clinic, call (626) 744-6350 or go to www.cityofpasadena.net/publichealth.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2013, #035-13
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