Chumash’s Tribal Health Clinic to offer free dental care to uninsured individuals | Local

The Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic will again partner with the Army Reserve and National Guard to provide free dental care to uninsured members of the community Monday, Sept. 11, through Thursday, Sept. 21.

The Army Reserve and National Guard will provide dental check-ups, which may include X-rays, teeth cleanings, fillings and extractions, said a spokesman for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

The tribe is encouraging uninsured individuals to make an appointment immediately because space is limited.

“We’re extremely proud of our ongoing partnership with the Army Reserve and National Guard and our ability to offer free dental care for community members in need during this annual event,” Tribal Chairman Kenneth Kahn said.

Free dental exams will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays from Sept. 11 through Sept. 20 and from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 21.

The Army Reserve and National Guard will provide their own certified dental staff for the services, with the clinic staff providing support as needed, he said.

The program is part of a collaboration between Walking Shield Inc. and the U.S. Department of Defense that brings military reserve units to reservations to assist with health care and provide services for the country’s underserved population.

To make an appointment, call the Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic at 688-7070.

The clinic is located at 90 Via Juana Lane on the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ reservation in Santa Ynez.

Its comprehensive medical, dental and behavioral health services are available to all members of the community, not just Native Americans, Kahn said.

The facility, which is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, also accepts Medicare, Medi-Cal and most major insurance plans.

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