Residents in need of a dentist don’t always have the means to travel to Partnership Community Health Center’s (PCHC) dental site in Appleton. PCHC’s plans to open a dental clinic in Oshkosh will increase access in the southern parts of its service area.
The federally qualified health center will lease 5,057 square feet of space at a former video store in a strip mall with access to public transportation. The Oshkosh clinic will be the only dental provider in the area that accepts Medicaid and offers a sliding fee option for low-income people. The project is expected to add 6,423 patient visits in the first year and create seven full-time and three part-time jobs.
IFF is making a $380,000 equipment loan to PCHC, formerly known as Fox Cities Community Health Center. Forward Community Investments, IFF’s partner on the project, is financing leasehold improvements. Previously, in 2010, IFF provided an equipment and leasehold mortgage loan to build out PCHC’s Appleton site.