The Brighter Way Model of Care
As we strive to establish a permanent Dental Home for vulnerable low-income and homeless adults, we also address a patient’s overall well-being through a community network of collaborations. This effort drives the need to reduce inequities resulting from social determinants of health, poverty, and homelessness.
The 2023 Maricopa County Homeless Point in Time Count reported a 91.7% increase In unsheltered individuals over 2022. 77% were adults ages 25-61 years.
At the Diane & Bruce Halle Brighter Way Dental Center, each patient has an oral health treatment plan that in many cases, requires complex restoration through multiple services and a coordinated care process that considers multiple domains of the patient’s overall health. As part of the Campus collective, there is a pathway to help address the overall quality of a patient’s life and well-being.
Our Priority Is The Patient.
If one is on the street and needs emergency care or if one is an ex-homeless Veteran requiring complex care, Brighter Way is there.
Impoverished adults experience unimaginable disparities and barriers to care that at first glance may seem insurmountable. Brighter Way addresses a patient’s overall well-being and provides long-term oral health care with reliable access to services, screenings, and treatment regardless of their ability to pay.
In 2022, the Downtown Halle Dental Center provided 17,027 oral health services to 2.951 low-income adult patients at a cost of $124.26 per procedure.
Brighter Way provides a flexible model of remote access for older at-risk adults and unhoused patients through our Mobile Dental Center.