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Multnomah County

First permanent safety net dental clinic in Downtown Portland opens Friday to serve most vulnerable

Thursday, 11/8/12 - 12:25 pm
Media invited to a press conference and tour at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at Central City Concern, 33 NW Broadway in Portland
Contacts: 

Julie Sullivan-Springhetti, Multnomah County Communications, 503-709-9858 or julie.sullivan-springhetti@multco.us.

Multnomah County will open the first permanent safety net dental clinic in downtown Portland on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. The new clinic is located on the third floor of the new Central City Concern building at 33 N.W. Broadway.

The Billi Odegaard clinic is expected to serve up to 1,500 clients a year, many of them people who are homeless or among the most vulnerable in our community.

Billi Odegaard is a retired public health nurse and Health Department director who believed in community partnerships to stretch every dollar.

This clinic is the result of a partnership between Multnomah County and Central City Concern. CareOregon provided the equipment. Generous donations from Providence Partners in Health and the late Portland philanthropist John D. Gray further made this effort possible.  

The clinic will feature five dental chairs for full dental services.

Please join Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen, Central City Board Chair Dean Gisvold, Commissioner Deborah Kafoury and Health Department Director Lillian Shirley at this historic opening.

To find out about for care: www.mchealth.org.

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