Essential Dental Safety Net. The Health Center is the only safety net dental practice on the Leeward Coast. In addition, with the support of the community, the Health Center has identified area elementary schools as optimal sites for early intervention/screening processes, basic preventive service delivery, and patient referral to providers for follow up and treatment. In 2011 it served approximately 5,500 patients who account for 11,900 visits annually. About 80% of these visits are patients who are either uninsured or on Medicaid. The department operates out of two main sites. The first facility is located on the main campus in Waianae and consists of 9 operatories. It provides a full range of general dental practice services for patients of all ages. The second facility is located in the city of Kapolei and was opened in May 2012. Aptly named the Kapolei Keiki Smile Center, it is a dental office specifically designed to address the particular oral health needs of children from 9 months to 18 years of age. Besides preventive and restorative care, the staff and providers are trained in nitrous oxide and oral sedation, pediatric emergency dental care, space maintenance, and minor interceptive orthodontics. The Dental Department is actively involved with other organizations to improve health outcomes and service delivery in the community. For example, the offices are accredited American Dental Association Advanced Education General Dentistry (AEGD), Pediatric Dental and Dental Public Health residency sites of New York Langone Medical Center. Each year, a minimum of five dentists are accepted to the Kapolei or Waianae site to exchange ideas and gain an appreciation for the concept of ""E Ola kino Maika'i, Ku Kakou"" to stand together for good health and quality of life. These types of partnerships, particularly in the area of pediatrics, have opened up access to care for children who were previously required to travel outside of the Leeward Coast for care. A strong believer in prevention and education, the department is also an active partner with local organizations to address the high oral disease rate exhibited by the population. Since 2006, it has provided free screening, cleanings, fluoride, and sealants at four elementary schools on the Waianae Coast. Supported solely by material donations contributed by partners such as the Hawaii Dental Service (HDS), Queen Lili'uokalani Foundation , and the Hawaii Dental Association (HDA), this program has made a difference in the lives of thousands of children since its inception. Ten Pediatric Dentistry residents typically rotate between 3 health center locations - KKV, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center and West Hawaii Community Health Center (Keiki Health Center).
|Number of Positions||1|
86-260 Farrington Highway
Dr. Jay Balzer
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center - Waianae
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center - Kapolei
|Year network/office opened||1972|
|Total # of operatories||12|