When the Homan family arrived in northeast Ohio in September 2016, one of the first things they asked about at Neighborhood Family Practice was dental services. The family of six had been living in South Africa for the past 17 years after fleeing from their native Zimbabwe. While navigating through the complex, and often slow, refugee and resettlement process, the Homans received basic health and dental care services. However, some of the children had only been to a dentist once while in South Africa.
As with all refugees arriving in the U.S., the Homans were required to undergo a thorough health screening within 90 days. A member of the Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland, NFP provides these services locally.
Coincidentally, around the time the Homans were settling into life in Cleveland, NFP was in the process of establishing dental services after being selected to receive Federal funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to increase access to oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes for patients.
This was welcome news to the Homans, and in the past year, all have received dental care ranging from cleanings to X-rays and fillings.
“The staff at NFP is phenomenal, and they provide exceptional service. It’s a welcome change from what we experienced as refugees in South Africa,” says Gibson. “An added benefit is the evening hours offered at NFP, which are a great help to the working class like us, who can’t always take time off to go to a medical or dental appointment.”