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The mobile dental clinic allows the Ada Jenkins Center program to reach individuals in north Mecklenburg who might otherwise not have access to proper dental care. 

1. Ada needs help with its dental services 

Those with professional experience in dental care are being sought to help the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson continue its tradition of providing free services to residents of the north Mecklenburg region. In the first year of operation, the clinic served 600 people. To meet growing demand, the center is seeking dental professionals – practicing and retired dentists, hygienists and dental assistants with current North Carolina licenses and or/certifications – to join the dental volunteer team for three to four hours at a time.


2. The clinic is in its 17th year 

The mobile clinic was started in 2002 by John Allen, a dentist from Davidson, when he and several other healthcare professionals recognized a substantial void in the oral care for those in our area with limited financial resources. July marks the 17th year providing free community dental clinic services for working adults, senior citizens and immigrants without access to dental care. Last year, it served 522 appointments for patients in Cornelius, Huntersville and Davidson, and another 403 for patients in regional clinics in Charlotte and Rock Hill, S.C.


3. Many clients are not eligible for benefits 

A high proportion of the program’s dental clients are not eligible for Medicaid or N.C. Health Choice – or can’t afford a Medicare supplement – and they are not able to pay for private-practice dental services. The clinic is free to those who meet eligibility requirements, and reaches patients in their home communities, so transportation is not a barrier to care.

“For me personally, it has been very rewarding to help many without the means to do so on their own,” Allen said. “I encourage my colleagues to volunteer their skills and time for this clinic because the oral care needs for the underserved in the Lake Norman region only continue to grow.”


4. The dental clinic has other needs

The center also seeks unexpired donated supplies including nitrile gloves, restorative materials (bond, etch, composite) and anesthetics. For more information about the program or how to volunteer, contact Joannna Palazzolo, the center’s dental clinic manager, at


5. Ada Jenkins is a ‘one-stop shop’

The Ada Jenkins Center, 212 Gamble St., serves people in Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville in an effort “to create lasting solutions for health, education and economic stability.” For more than two decades, its“one-stop shop” model is designed to enable those served to save time and money by receiving essential services under one roof. These include a free medical clinic, food pantry, case management, financial assistance, workforce development and housing, as well as education services for adults and children. Last year, the organization provided services for nearly 3,000 individuals and families.


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