In its seventh year of serving the community, Children's Volunteer Health Network is continuing to expand its mission of enhancing the lives of uninsured and underinsured school-aged children in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. As of September 2012, CVHN had facilitated more than 9,900 medical, dental, vision and mental health care procedures since inception in 2005 and has now taken another step toward serving more children in the community. The CVHN Dental Clinic in Santa Rosa Beach, which opened in April 2012, will now be seeing children who qualify for Medicaid.
"CVHN has worked diligently over the past several years to find a solution to the overwhelming dental care needs of our uninsured and underinsured children,” said Zach Billingsley, CVHN's executive director. “There are numerous children in our community who qualify for Medicaid, but are unable to gain access to dental care due to a very limited number of Medicaid providers in our area. We are thrilled to now be able to expand our dental services to children who qualify for Medicaid.”
The CVHN Dental Clinic is a state of the art three-chair dental clinic headed by Dr. Stephanie Cook. Cook is a graduate of the University of Florida's College of Dentistry and has four years of dental practice experience, primarily treating indigent children. She has taken two mission trips to Guaimaca, Honduras where she treated impoverished Hondurans in the mountain villages, orphanages and hospital of Guaimaca performing various dental and oral surgical procedures.