University of Rochester Advancement
300 East River Road
Rochester, NY 14627

Eastman Dental

For more than 100 years, Eastman has served as the largest provider of oral health care to the region's most vulnerable. Many patients travel up to four hours to be treated by Eastman's highly trained specialists. Without Eastman Dental, these individuals would suffer from untreated or delayed diagnoses that lead to more serious dental and medical consequences. Each year, thousands of area children and adults living in poverty benefit from Eastman Dental's outreach programs, including a school-based clinic, community health centers, clinics for people with special needs, and nationally-recognized mobile units (SMILEmobiles), which provide care at schools, refugee centers, group homes, and adult care facilities. Eastman Institute’s dedicated educator-clinicians are committed to reaching the underserved, serving the community including the region’s poorest neighborhoods, and providing equitable healthcare for all. Nationally recognized for its leadership in innovative programing, Eastman Institute for Oral Health develops and delivers cost-effective care, reducing the most pressing barriers for impoverished patients. The results? Lower healthcare costs, lower incidence of disease and improved access to much needed care. One of many examples of this innovation is Eastman’s Specialty Care Clinic, built in 2019, to meet the growing demand for people with special needs. The clinic features unique accommodations for patients with various dental, physical and behavioral needs, removing the barriers that prevented these patients from accessing dental care for years. In addition, Eastman’s teledentistry program provides virtual services to underserved children and adults at several Federally Qualified Health Centers throughout the State, as well as to those seeking emergent dental care at a nearby hospital. Speaking with a dental provider on a virtual (video) call can help to determine whether a patient’s dental concern requires immediate in-person care or a planned treatment, if it can be temporarily alleviated via an at-home strategy, or if treatment is unnecessary or can be postponed. This service has shown to reduce anxiety for both children and adults with special needs and most importantly, catches decay and caries early, preventing extensive, costly treatment for the family. The program is growing to expand access to care for vulnerable adults living in group homes and adult care facilities by connecting patients, caregivers with Eastman’s providers through the use of intraoral and web cameras. Your support can directly benefit so many people in need! Donations help to provide services not covered by insurance, assist with transportation costs, upgrade technology and equipment. These are just a few examples of how your generous support helps to increase access to care to the vulnerable and underserved in our region.

We focus on: Health, Education

Where we are: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates


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