VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

INTRODUCTION
Local dentists (both general dentists and dental specialists) have searched for venues to volunteer and provide both “basic” and “emergency” dental services to Jacksonville’s underserved population. In the past, this opportunity has been limited to: “Give Kids A Smile” (a single-day program in February, generally held at the Dental Clinic at the downtown location of the Sulzbacher Center), or Project Dentists Care (a program, funded by the Florida Dental Health Foundation, that allows dentists to treat patients that are sent to them, in their office(s)).

We now have the following facilities as potential volunteer sites, for all interested dentists:

1) Dental Program for Low Income Adults In Need of Volunteer Dentists – Barnabas Center is a multi-service nonprofit organization in Fernandina Beach that provides affordable dental care to lower income adults. Services include exams, hygiene, fillings, extractions, partial & complete dentures and root canals. A rewarding opportunity is available to one or more dentists to provide quality dental treatment to patients. Current available days to volunteer are Mondays and Fridays. Frequency is based on dentists’ availability, i.e., weekly, monthly, quarterly. Must have a Florida license. Volunteers are covered through the Sovereign Immunity Program with the state of Florida, Department of Health. For information, please contact Wanda Lanier, Executive Director, at (904) 261-7000 x 101, or Wanda.Lanier@BarnabasCenterInc.org. Visit www.BarnabasCenterInc.org

2) SULZBACHER CLINIC (DOWNTOWN LOCATION) – This four-year old, state-of-the-art facility is located at 611 East Adam Street, in the area of downtown Jacksonville. The mission of this clinic is to deliver dental services to the homeless (both residents and non-residents of the Sulzbacher Center). This facility has five operatories, with the ability to perform dental exams, digital radiographs (periapical and panoramic), operative dentistry, removable partial and complete dentures (dental lab services are available), non-surgical endodontic therapy, extractions, scaling/root planning, and fluoride applications. A registered dental hygienist is also available. The clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Noon), and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Fridays, it is open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Noon). This facility is an extramural rotation site for senior dental students from the University of Florida College of Dentistry, and a rotation site for dental hygiene students from Florida State College at Jacksonville. Currently, five local dentists volunteer at the clinic, each having a schedule that suits their availability. The downtown clinic has dentists who volunteer anywhere from once a week, to once a quarter. Any dentist(s) who are interested in volunteering at this facility should meet the following criteria: a) an “Active” dental license for the State of Florida; b) registration/approval from the State of Florida, to receive Sovreign Immunity. The dental clinic is supervised by Dr. Suzanne Ebert. All parties interested in volunteering at this facility should contact Dr. Ebert, at 904-394-8064, or either of the following e-mail addresses: SuzanneEbert@tscjax.org. NOTE: Volunteer dentists may also become Adjunct Faculty for the University of Florida College of Dentistry, and supervise senior dental students at the clinic, if they so desire.

3) SULZBACHER CLINIC (JACKSONVILLE BEACH LOCATION) – This state-of-the-art facility opened in March 2010, and is located at 850 Sixth Ave. S. in Jacksonville Beach. The primary mission of this clinic is to provide dental services to uninsured patients with incomes at or below 200 % of the poverty level, which is $38,000 per year for a family of four. Patients pay a small fee for services. The facility has two operatories, with the ability to perform dental exams, digital radiographs (periapical and panoramic), operative dentistry, non-surgical endodontic therapy, extractions, scaling/root planning, fluoride application. A registered dental hygienist is available one day a week. The clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 (Noon), and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. On Fridays, it is open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Noon). Currently, four local dentists volunteer at the clinic, each having a schedule that suits their availability. Any dentist(s) who are interested in volunteering at this facility should meet the following criteria: a) an “Active” dental license for the State of Florida; b) registration/approval from the State of Florida, to receive Sovereign Immunity. The dental clinic’s “onsite”, part-time, supervisor is Dr. Jason Speigel. All parties interested in volunteering at this facility should contact Dr. Suzanne Ebert, at 904-394-8064, or either of the following e-mail addresses: SuzanneEbert@tscjax.org. NOTE: Volunteer dentists may also become Adjunct Faculty for the University of Florida College of Dentistry, and supervise senior dental students at the clinic, if they so desire.

4) VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE – Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) is a local “Non-Profit Organization”. The clinic address is: 41 East Duval Street, in Jacksonville. The primary mission of this organization is to provide medical and dental services to individuals/families with incomes of between $13,000 and $27,075; $3,750 can be added, to the aforementioned amounts, for each additional dependent. One or more family members must be gainfully employed at least 20 hours per week, and live or work in Duval County. VIM patients do not have private or government-funded medical/dental insurance. Patients qualify for care by providing check stubs, and other verification of income, prior to their first clinic visit. Dental patients are seen by appointment, only. Dental services are delivered at The Sulzbacher Dental Clinic in Jacksonville (at 611 East Adams Street). The Sulzbacher Clinic has five operatories, with the ability to perform dental exams, digital radiographs (periapical and panoramic), operative dentistry, removable partial and complete dentures (dental lab services are available), non-surgical endodontic therapy, extractions, scaling/root planning and fluoride applications. VIM dental clinics are held on weekday evenings, from approximately 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Currently, two local dentists volunteer at the clinic, each having a schedule that suits their availability. Any dentist(s) who are interested in volunteering at this facility should meet the following criteria: a) an “Active” dental license for the State of Florida; b) a current malpractice policy that would cover their practice at this facility. However, if this is not available, VIM can request addition of the volunteer dentist to their malpractice policy. The Volunteer Coordinator is Ms. Catie Wallace. All parties interested in volunteering with Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) should contact the VIM Coordinator, Ms. Catie Wallace, at 904-399-2766, extension 103, or the following e-mail address: cwallace@vim-jax.org.

5) HEALING HANDS – Healing Hands is a local faith-based “Non-Profit Organization”. The clinic’s physical address is: 5126 Timuquana Road, located on the Westside of Jacksonville. The primary mission of this organization is to provide medical and dental services to uninsured adults residing in Duval County. Healing Hands is an affiliate of the Northeast Florida Dental Association and serves as a Project Dentist Care, Duval County location. For dental services, family incomes must be less than 150% above the federal poverty guideline. Patients are screened for eligibility prior to scheduling for dental treatment. Healing Hands has two dental operatories, with the ability to perform dental exams, x-rays, and emergency dental treatment. The focus of this dental ministry is to address pain and infection issues for those residents who do not qualify for The Sulzbacher Dental Clinic or City Rescue Mission services (i.e. the “homeless”), VA services, or Medicaid services. Currently, five local dentists volunteer in the clinic on Mondays and Fridays. In addition, more than a dozen local dentists treat one or two patients per month in their office, on a referral basis, as part of the Project Dentist Care program. Any dentist(s) who are interested in volunteering at this facility should meet the following criteria: a) an “Active” dental license for the State of Florida; b) registration/approval from the State of Florida, to receive Sovreign Immunity for both their private license and their PA. As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, tax deductible donations of supplies and/or equipment can also be made. The Executive Director is Mrs. Mary Ann Cox. She can be reached at 904-777-4228, extension 4, or the following email address: mary.ann.cox@comcast.net.

6) LAKE SHORE BAPTIST CHURCH – MOBILE DENTAL UNIT (MDU) of the FLORIDA BAPTIST CONVENTION (FBC).

The MDU is currently scheduled for 13 -17 February 2012!

The address of the church is: 2363 Blanding Boulevard, in Jacksonville.

The primary mission of this program is to provide dental services to individuals who are under 200% of the poverty level, as established by Federal Government. The church will request the presence of the Mobile Dental Unit (MDU) of the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC), for a week-long period of time. Upon approval by the FBC, the MDU will arrive on the premises of the church parking lot. A Project Coordinator from the church will solicit dentist/dental assistant participation for various time-slots over the course of the week (Monday through Friday) of operation. The MDU has two dental chairs and a variety of dental instruments. The MDU will arrive with a staff member who is familiar MDU, and remain with the vehicle while it is in use by the volunteer dentists. The MDU hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Monday through Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. , on Thursday and Friday. Please note that specific hours of operation will be determined by the availability of dentists to work. Any dentists and/or dental assistants who are interested in volunteering with this program should contact: Mrs. Stella Mouzon, at 904-477-6002, or the following e-mail address: emouz001@jaxhealth.com.