My name is Julia Seidel, and I have the honor of serving Compassion Community Clinic as Executive Director. CC Clinic is experiencing exciting transitions, having gone through a time of rapid, sustained growth over the last five years. God has been faithful to provide the means and volunteers necessary to serve the patients on our ever-increasing waiting list. The Board of Directors, staff and volunteers remain committed to steadfastly carrying out CC Clinic’s mission to provide excellent, free dental care to underserved adults in Northern Nevada through Jesus Christ, the Great Healer.
CC Clinic continues to play a crucial role in the health care field: we are the first and only on-going free dental clinic in Northern Nevada. There is a serious need in Washoe County for expanded access to adult dental care. More than one-third of the adults in Washoe County live in a dental provider shortage area, with one dentist being available per 1,480 people. Approximately 107,119 adults in Washoe County lack dental insurance, though many professionals predict the number is higher. Many of CC Clinic’s patients say they cannot afford dental care even when it is offered on a sliding fee scale through the area's Federally Qualified Health Center. Individuals who don’t have dental insurance can be more susceptible to illnesses: these adults are 67 percent more likely to have heart disease, 50 percent more likely to have osteoporosis and 29 percent more likely to have diabetes.
As you know, most of CC Clinic's patients have not had dental care in years and their dental problems have escalated to the point that their general health is being affected.
“The help CC Clinic volunteers give is priceless. I didn't just get teeth dug out of my gums, I got relief from a pain I had grown accustomed to. My chest, jaw, heart and energy were physically affected, not to mention I no longer put myself in places where I'd have to talk or smile. CC Clinic gave me hope, health and faith that I might get my smile and ability to feel normal around others again.”- Patient
As Executive Director, I will continue to dedicate my skills and abilities to further God’s mission through CC Clinic. My background includes careers in both journalism and government – state and federal – as well as extensive experience with both local and international aid organizations and being a small business owner in the health field. I look forward to serving you, our patients and the community while ensuring CC Clinic remains a vital partner in the healthcare community. Please pray that God would continue to bless CC Clinic with volunteers and resources so that we can carry that blessing into the community. Thank you for your continued prayer and support.
Washoe County Community Health Needs Assessment 2018-2020.
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