Community Budget Issue Requests - Tracking Id #1193FY0001

Indigent Dental Care












Frank Catalanotto, D.M.D.


College of Dentistry, University of Florida











Project Title:

Indigent Dental Care

Date Submitted:

2/16/01 3:18:55 PM












Rudolfo Garcia














Statewide Interest:

See the bottom of Measurable Outcome Anticipated.













UF College of Dentistry


Dr. Frank Catalanotto


P.O. Box 100405

Contact Phone:

(352) 392-2911



Gainesville 32610

















Alachua, Dade, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas














Service Area:

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Project Description:








Since 1996, the University of Florida College of Dentistry has engaged in a partnership with the Florida Department of Health to improve access to dental care for indigent and otherwise underserved patients throughtour the state of Florida by combining the educational and service programs of the Universidty of Florida College of Dentistry.  Dental care has been provided by paid and volunteer/pro bono faculity and staff of the College of Dentistry at a number of sites throughout the state which have a mission of providing oral health care to low income/low access patient populations.The college currently has extramural education activities at college-owned clinics in Hialeah, Jacksonville and St. Petersburg, Florida.  In addition, the college has affiliation agreements with community health centers in Immokalee, Ft. Myers, Bradenton, Parrish, and Winter Garden, as well as the Community Health Center at Eastside and the A.C.O.R.N. Clinic in Alachua County, and at the county health department dental clinic in Marion County.  Many of these affiliations are supported by Department of Health funds.


The University of Florida College of Dentistry is receiving $850,000 in Department of Health funds in 2000-2001 for support of the Statewide Network.  Of these funds, $600,000 was recurring and $250,000 was non-recurring.  The Department of Health?s criteria for this funding is one dental visit for $100 of support and we are to report our utilization of these funds to the Department of Health on a quarterly basis.  For 1999-2000, the University of Florida College of Dentistry exceeded the contract standards for patient visits by more than 4 times the required number.  The target for our clinics was 50,632 patient visits (4,000 over the 1996-1999 baseline of 46,632).  However, our outcome was 66,524 patient visits, translating to an increase in patient visits of over 400%.  In addition, approximately 80% of all of the patients seen were below the 200%poverty level.  Moreover, the University of Florida College of Dentistry partnership programs provide comprehensive and emergency dental care, including prevention, restoration, periodontics, oral surgery, and endodontics to both children and adults.


For the 2001-2002 fiscal year, the University of Florida College of Dentistry is requesting restoration of the $600,000 in recurring dollars that is proposed for deletion plus additional funds from the Department of Health in the amount of $900,000, for a total of $1,500,000 to support a number of new or expanded initiatives.  Examples of these programs include:


*          Continuation of the Pinellas Indigent Dental Clinic program administered through the Pinellas County Department of Health and the St. Petersburg Dental Clinic;


*          Continuation of the Indigent Dental Services Contract for the Gainesville, Eastside, Hialeah, and St. Petersburg dental clinics;


*          Continuation of funding for the Marion County Health Department;


*          The development of a pediatric dentistry residency program through a partnership with All Children?s Hospital in St. Petersburg, St. Joseph?s Hospital in Tampa and Hillsborough Community College;


*          A general dentistry residency program through Community Health Centers, Inc. in Apopka;


*          Expansion of the indigent care program and services at the college-owned clinic in Hialeah;


*          Expansion of the indigent care program at the A.C.O.R.N. Clinic (located in Brooker, Florida), which currently does not receive any DOH funds;


*          Support of the pediatric dentistry emergency care delivered in North Central Florida (Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Gilchrist, Levy, Putnam, Marion, and Union Counties) by the College of Dentistry;


*          Development of a dental care program for indigent and homeless patients at the Camillus Health Concern in Miami.


*          Development of a dental care program for indigent patients at the Pasco County Health Department and the Good Samaritan Clinic.















Measurable Outcome Anticipated:






The current contract with the Department of Health expects one dental visit per $100 for funding.


What statewide interest does this project address as it relates to Chapter 216.052(1)?


1. Improved infant care

2. Reduction of neglect of children, frail elders and disabled adults

3. Improved school readiness

4. Improved therapeutic sevices to children

5. Improved access to child and elder care

6. Reduction in racial and ethinic disparities in health care access and health status

7. Improved preventive health services

8. Improved access to community-based treatment alternatives

9. Improved health and social service infrastructure.











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Was this project previously funded by the State?





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Purpose for future year funding:


Recurring Operations



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Was this project included in an Agency's Budget Request?




Was this project included in the Governor's Recommended Budget?













Is there a documented need for this project?






Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health, the Surgeon General's Conference on Pediatric Oral Health,











Was this project request heard before a publicly noticed meeting of a body of elected officials (municipal, county, or state)?




Hearing Body:

Alachua County Legislative Delegation Hearing


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