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HCI Receives Grant to Reopen Free Dental Fridays

BY MELANIE BUCK –

Healthy Connections, Inc., has reopened their Free Dental Care Fridays thanks to a generous $144,052 donation by the Blue & You Foundation. One Friday in each of five months has been designated to provide free dental care for patients that qualify. The Blue & You Foundation is wholly funded by Arkansas Blue Cross. Their vision “is to achieve a healthier Arkansas population, where our citizens have timely access to useful information and needed health-care services that enable them to lead healthier lives.”

This year’s grant is more two and a half times the size of 2015’s grant and HCI will spread that across their Mena and Mount Ida locations. Although January’s date has passed, there are still four Fridays available. From 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., dental care will be available on February 26th, at Mena HCI; March 18th, at Mount Ida HCI; April 29th, at Mena HCI; and May 20th, at Mount Ida HCI.

Forms to apply can be picked up at Healthy Connections in Mena and Mount Ida, Monday thru Thursdays from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration forms need to be turned back in prior to the date of care. Patients with completed dental forms will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. The next Free Dental Care Friday will be held on February 26th. For more information, contact Healthy Connections at 479-437-3449.

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