SPECIAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR TEXAS, Longview, TX
Project Title: East Texas Dental/Oral Care Services Program (DOCS)
The Special Health Resources of Texas (SHRT) is a non-profit AIDS Service Organization.
The goal of this project is to develop an innovative model of care that expands access to dental care services to people who are HIV+ residing within the Tyler and Texarkana health service delivery area. Objectives include:
1) enhance capacity of partner agencies to develop and implement a plan to address oral health needs;
2) increase the number of persons receiving comprehensive dental care;
3) increase agencies ability to track and assess project activities; and
4) integrate fully oral health care into primary care services for people living with HIV.
Oral Health services will be provided at SHRT’s existing locations in the Tyler and Texarkana, Texas health service delivery areas.
1,181 HIV+ persons residing in East Texas; the DOCS expects to double its existing dental patient population from 150-200 to 300-400 annually.
SHRT, in partnership with Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, will offer expanded oral health care including specialty care on-site in east Texas. A community coalition is being established to assist SHRT with the planning, development and evaluation of the model. This will help patients avoid the need to travel 4-6 hours round trip to Dallas, TX. There will be 2 operatories in Texarkana, 2 operatories in Tyler and 3 operatories in Longview – an overall increase of 3 operatories. All dental operatories will be located where medical care is also provided.
DOCS is staffed by SHRT dental providers along with residents from Texas A&M. A case manager will be hired to assist with client retention in oral health care.
Partners & Linkages to Medical Care:
The DOCS will be linked to local SHRT medical providers and dental residents at Texas A&M Baylor University. A community coalition will be organized to promote linkages among area providers.
The DOCS has an existing Consumer Advisory Board that will be supplemented by a consumer committee for the project.
Name & Title:
Nancy Young, Special Projects Coordinator
2020 Bill Owens Parkway, Suite 230
Longview, Texas 75604