Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, announced Universal Primary Care (UPC) will be awarded a 1.2 million dollar federal grant to provide oral healthcare services at its non-profit clinic in Houghton. “We care about providing access to quality healthcare close to home,” said Reed. “With this grant we are creating access to oral healthcare services that would otherwise be out of reach for many in our rural communities.”
The grant will provide funding for basic dental care for those in need at the UPC facilities. Through this initiative, on-site dental examinations will be offered in conjunction with primary care. Currently, dental care is not offered to patients at this clinic, often placing a burden on those in poverty, the uninsured and other vulnerable populations.
“We are absolutely thrilled that HRSA chose to fund our project to add oral health services in Houghton, N.Y. This is an underserved primary care, oral health and behavioral health area and we are so proud to be able to provide all of these services now through our clinic. We are extremely grateful for Congressman Reed’s strong support of our health center and our communities,” said Gail Speedy, Universal Primary Care.