Last year, the Fowler Memorial Free Dental Clinic opened in the Human Services building of the Pleasant View Complex here in Monroe. This clinic provides free dental care to lower income children: xrays, cleanings, fillings, flouride treatment, and sealants. This clinic serves a strong need in the area. While finding a doctor who accepts patients on medicaid or Badgercare is realatively easy, finding a dentist who will accept new patients with this insurance is much more difficult. Fowler Memorial serves a population that is otherwise underserved.
The $50,000 grant would help Fowler to purchase a bitewing x-ray machine as well as to provide care for double the number of children treated last year. Currently, the clinic only serves children ages three through twelve and operates on Fridays only on a referral only basis. The clinic would like to expand services. They are always looking for dentistal professionals to volunteer services (the clinic is fully staffed by volunteer dentists and hygenists). Private donations for funding in any amount are always welcome as well.