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Cura Smiles Dental Clinic Transformation

In early 2017, we met with the staff at the Health Promotion Center (HPC) in City Heights, San Diego and learned of the need for dental care in the community. For over 18 years, the Health Promotion Center has served City Heights by providing free health services to individuals and families who could not afford healthcare. Their staff communicated that many of their patients are in need of dental care and don’t have the resources to access it.

Knowing how critical oral health is to overall health, we wanted to solve this problem and help create a healthier, happier community in City Heights. We decided to form a partnership with the HPC and launch a free dental clinic adjacent to their location.

Once we secured the office space, we quickly began working to transform the space into the future site for a dental clinic. In just one year, we were able to raise the critical funds to completely renovate the space. You can scroll through a few before and after photos of the 4 rooms in our dental clinic.

We’ve made major progress in securing dental equipment and establishing the free dental clinic in City Heights. We are now within arm’s reach of opening the doors to the community. We just need to secure a few vital pieces of equipment and dental supplies to make the clinic operational. We hope you will join us in this worthy cause by donating. Your contribution will help us provide free dental care and foster a healthier, more empowered community in City Heights.

A special thank you to the private donors and foundations who have made all of this possible. We appreciate your support and look forward to creating a dental home for individuals and families in need in City Heights.

More information about City Heights:

“City Heights, known for its diversity, is a dense urban community of 95,000 living in approximately 6.5 square miles within San Diego.  Poverty, unemployment, child obesity, asthma, and violence are some key problems this community faces.

The average yearly income for a family of four is between $19,393 and $24,400, within the range of the federal poverty level of $22,050.

  • Unemployment in City Heights is 20.5 percent, roughly twice the County of San Diego average of 11 percent.

  • 42.4 percent of City Heights residents are foreign born.

  • City Heights racial and ethnic makeup is as follows: 54 percent Latino, 19 percent Asian or Pacific Islander, 13 percent African-American, 12 percent White, and 2 percent Other.”

    - California Endowment Fund

Burkhart Magazine Features Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick

Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, founder of Cura Smiles and Cura Coffee, has not only dedicated his life to providing dental care as a dentist in San Diego, CA but he is also dedicated to creating sustainable dental care solutions in underserved communities around the world.

In December 2017, Burkhart Dental Supply Magazine sat down with Dr. Fitzpatrick and interviewed him to learn more about his story and experience on this journey. Select the images below to read the full story. 

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