Tuesday, 19 October 2021 09:59

Ford-Sponsored Initiative Donating Mobile Clinics to 2 Michigan Dental Health Providers

Kyle Norman of MCDC talks to Deanna Alexander of Hygiene on Wheels. Kyle Norman of MCDC talks to Deanna Alexander of Hygiene on Wheels. Ford


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Two minority-led Michigan dental health providers have been selected to receive a custom mobile dental clinic through the Motor City Kares initiative.

The $500,000 initiative is aimed at uplifting minority businesses and bringing high-quality, mobile oral health care services to communities and residents in Southwest Detroit.


Hygiene on Wheels, Inc. and My Community Dental Centers will each receive a custom Ford Transit van converted into a mobile dental office later this year. The mobile units will be equipped with technology---including digital x-rays, intraoral cameras, tele-dentistry capabilities and more---that allow the businesses to provide preventative dental care, emergency procedures and dental hygiene education to insured, uninsured and underinsured patients alike.


Over the course of a two-year agreement, both businesses will be required to spend at least 50% of their mobile unit’s time in operation serving residents in Southwest Detroit's Corktown and Mexicantown neighborhoods. After successfully operating the mobile units for two years and building a stable mobile dental practice, the business and mobile clinic is theirs to keep.


Hygiene on Wheels


With more than 30 years of clinical experience, registered dental hygienist Deanna Alexander understands difficulties associated with access to oral health care. In 2008, she began her community outreach program, Hygiene on Wheels, with the mission of providing oral hygiene education and dental care to underserved populations.


The resources she is receiving through the Motor City Kares initiative will allow Alexander to serve even more people in need of care, including children and the elderly and senior populations.


“I was already providing service with a small portable unit, but this opportunity is allowing me to grow my business, establish even more of a presence in the community and, ultimately, serve and help even more people,” said Alexander. “Mobile dentistry is the future and this van is going to be the best thing ever for me.”


My Community Dental Centers


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