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NNDHP at a Glance

 

Northern Nevada Dental Health ProgramsNNDHP is the largest organization in Nevada providing dental care to uninsured, at-risk children. And we’re the largest organization providing dental care to low-income veterans who don’t qualify at the VA. See how we grew from a modest group of concerned doctors to becoming a model for other communities.

1982
The Pediatric Dental Care Program was started by a group of dentists including Dr. Norm Beesley, Dr. Larry Champagne, Dr. Dennis Arch and Ms. Kathy (Champagne) Peak. They collaborated with the Northern Nevada Dental Society (NNDS) to provide dental care to at-risk youths in the Reno area.

1998
As the program grew it was renamed to the Northern Nevada Dental Health Program (NNDHP).

2003
NNDHP joins resources with Saint Mary’s Mission Services to serve more of Northern Nevada’s at-risk children.

2012
NNDHP merged with Community Health Alliance (CHA) [formerly HAWC] who provides administrative support for our two dental programs. Thus providing even more program growth and long-term sustainability.

2013
Adopt a Vet Dental Program (AAVD) merges with NNDHP. Together, we can serve more low-income veterans in need.

2015
NNDHP becomes Northern Nevada Health Programs. And serves as the overarching administrator for the children’s and veterans’ programs. The children’s program is renamed to Healthy Smile Healthy Child.

NNDHP Foundation Partner

The Jason Eberle DDS Memorial Fund

The Jason Eberle DDS Memorial Fund

NNDHP receives its primary financial support from The Jason Eberle DDS Memorial Fund. This fund was created to provide no-cost to low-cost dental care to underserved children in northern Nevada.

Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Dr. Jason Eberle was a pediatric dentist, practicing in Reno/Sparks and Elko. Jason was highly respected and admired by his patients and colleagues for his compassion and excellence in dentistry.

One of Jason’s many passions was providing free dental care for underprivileged children. Jason was well known for welcoming all children into his office, and providing oral healthcare they needed, no matter what their ability to pay.

Always concerned about meeting children’s dental needs, Jason worked tirelessly to establish a children’s dental program in rural county Elko.

The Jason Eberle DDS Memorial Fund was established in 2008 after his tragic passing at age 37. The fund continues his legacy by providing northern Nevada’s underserved children the dental care needed for healthier smiles.

The fund covers dental access fee scholarships for families with no financial means. And costs incurred by the volunteer dentists for surgical services. Plus oral health educational printed materials, oral health supplies, and providing preventative oral healthcare classes to the program’s families.

NNDHP-supportersHonored NNDHP Supporters

Each year, NNDHP/Joel F. Glover DDS Charity Golf Tournament generously donates tournament proceeds to support NNDHP. Thanks to their loyal support, and donations from other individual donors, NNDHP continues to grow each year.

Because of your kindness, we can help more at-risk children and low-income veterans regain healthier smiles and healthier lives. Thank you!

 

Veterans

Adopt a Vet Dental Program – AAVD

In 2009, Linda Haigh volunteered at the Carville Park Apartments, a subsidized housing unit in Reno. During her visit, she found 60 veterans living with life-threatening oral decay. Knowing they had no family or other support, Linda and her husband Wayne tirelessly recruited local dentists to provide pro bono dental care to these veterans.

As they uncovered our community’s huge need, the Haighs founded AAVD in 2010. It began as the veterans’ outreach program of South Reno Baptist Church, where they attend. Soon after, AAVD became an independent nonprofit in order to serve more low-income veterans and to raise funds for their lab costs and emergency dental procedures.

Since the program began in 2010

  • $3.4 million in donated services
  • 110 volunteer dentists
  • 13 dental labs provide free or discounted services
  • 900 local veterans have received care

Adopt a Vet Dental Program

Join Other Area Dentists in Serving our Vets*

The waitlist for care grows daily. Currently, veterans must wait up to 2 years before their first visit. Please join other dentists and specialists in volunteering your greatly-needed skills.
Thank you!

Become a dental volunteer today.

*Volunteer time qualifies for CEU credits.

Children

Healthy Smile Healthy Child – HSHC

This program began in 1982 as the Pediatric Dental Care Program. It began when Dr. Norm Beesley and several of his colleagues wanted to provide Reno’s low-income children greater access to dental care.

As the program grew, it joined forces with other local organizations providing dental or medical care. By sharing resources and collaborating efforts, we served thousands more children. As our program grew, our name changed and our services grew. Our current name, Healthy Smile Healthy Child, reflects who we serve. And the greater impact of why we do it.

Healthy Smile Healthy Child

  • Donated nearly $3 million in dental services since 2008
  • 115 dental volunteers
  • 3,297 children have received care

healthy smile healthy child

Join Other Area Dentists in Helping Our Children*

Currently, children wait up to 4 months before their first dental visit. And our waitlist continues growing weekly. Please join other local dentists by volunteering your services. Thank you!

Become a dental volunteer today.

*Volunteer time qualifies for CEU credits.

NNDHP

Advisory Board of Directors

Gregory J. Pisani, DDS – President
Joel T. Glover, DDS – Vice President
Bob Barone – Treasurer
Gilbert A. Trujillo, DDS – Secretary
Arnie Pitts, DDS
Roger Ashby
David Russell, Esq.
Kathy (Champagne) Peak
Ed Allison, (Emeritus)
Joel F. Glover, DDS (In Memoriam)

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